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Here's something to ponder: Isn't it weird that trends exist? For designers who have nearly infinite references to pull from, women to design for, and materials at hand, the fact that patterns can happen in the first place — much less, with as much frequency as we see it — is a bizarre phenomenon. We've always wondered if there was a secret internal memo that tells designers that crop tops, Bermuda shorts, and geometric prints were going to be the season's big sellers. In spite of it all, Proenza Schouler always seems to miss the memo — and thank goodness!
Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough always seem to be one step ahead of the zeitgeist. While many other designers are rehashing the boxy origami jacket, board short, high-fashion surfer/runner/basketball player vibe the boys first introduced in fall '12, Proenza Schouler has ditched that vibe entirely for a serene, simple, sturdy collection of separates that felt like a panacea from a week's worth of trend overload. Long-length culottes and just-too-short sleeves will define the next few years of how we want to dress. The fabrics were thick and luxuriously complicated, but the shapes were deceptively simple. That kind of ease is what we love most about Proenza. From the Stacy Peralta-esque, Z-Boys straight hair to the strategically sparing use of accessories and details, effortlessness is really a defining quality of the collection — and not a "trend" to try.