For the past few seasons, Proenza Schouler has secured the ‘cool New York girl’ image. The duo’s Resort 2011 collection reinforced this.
Drawing inspiration from a vacation to India, Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough used tribal motifs, updating these with new cuts and accessories.
The twenty-four-look collection began with shorts made of the classic Baja jacket material, a staple of surfers and beachgoers.
Along with the orange, cream, and navy Baja jacket and shorts were tie-dye black and white patterns, which have also become a Proenza Schouler signature.
The second look, a patterned shirt-dress, was accessorized with a double strand necklace, made with colorful stones and yarn, quite fitting for the collection.
Each piece got more structured as the collection moved on, shorts in the same cut as the Baja shorts were crafted in black and white, and a coat in the same material was paired with tie-dyed shorts and a printed collared shirt.
The pair kept the Baja jacket material going throughout the entire collection, worked into a pant, skirt, and even a structured jacket. The color palette was toned down for the remainder of the collection, using more neutral shades such as black. For the closing ensembles, Hernandez and McCollough introduced less structured pieces, using more tie-dye and metallic silks. Several of the dresses were cut similarly, with a cap sleeve and wrap style, also seen in many of the tops.
One look that stood out was a bustier dress, with a somewhat similar look to many of the jumpsuits from Proenza’s Spring 2009 collection, mixing femininity and sexuality.