NYFW SS22: Proenza Schouler celebrates newfound freedoms

woman wearing maroon one-shoulder slit-side dress

Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, the designers of Proenza Schouler, returned to an in-person fashion event during New York Fashion Week. The catwalk event was set against the backdrop Hudson River at Little Island’s new waterfront hotspot.

In the park’s new amphitheatre, the spring/summer 2022 show faced the water. It was perfect timed for sunset to highlight the brand’s utilitarian wardrobe, which is composed of neutral tones inspired by nature, and bright pops in yellow, red, and orange.

women's blue and white polka-dots print top

The brand explained that this collection was about celebrating “newfound freedoms, no matter how fragile they may seem,” and also offering the perfect outfit for a tropical vacation.

The collection’s core was tailoring, with an updated version with shapely forms in vibrant, plush jacquards. A trio of brightly-coloured dresses in fine gauze jersey pointed at “a life that is no longer restricted” and double-sided block print on diaphanous silk crepes aimed to let the wearer’s imagination “wander far, far”.

woman wearing maroon one-shoulder slit-side dress

Knitted fringe was also used as a “celebration” of the handmade, on shorts for cycling and as tiers on maxi dresses with cut out detailing. There was also beaded detailing on sleeves on tops and dresses made from technical fabrics.

Comfort was also a priority for the designers duo. They kept the shoes practical with loafers and sport-inspired sandals.

The Dia Day Bag was also displayed in a variety of materials, including hand-woven and technical fauxcrocdile raffia. Handmade feather lei was used as part of a collaboration between Patti Hanna, a Maui traditional lei maker.

Pre-orders for the Proenza Schouler spring/summer 2022 collection are available on the label’s site until October 9.

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