Thursday 9th September

| BY Claudia Croft

Proenza Schouler: Ready-To-Wear SS22

Proenza Schouler took its audience to a sunset show on Little Island, the playful, green oasis on the Hudson, designed by Heatherwick Studio. New York’s newest park hovers over the water on a set of undulating white arches and looks like a magical Elf kingdom. It’s a vivid reminder of the transporting power of imaginative design.

Designers, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, embraced that idea, describing their new collection as, “joyful clothes to step out in the world again.”

The pair used optimistic, primary pops of yellow and red for lusciously fringed, long knit dresses. “They stretch and move,” said designers who prioritised comfort and uncomplicated ease over anything tricksy. It was an acknowledgement of how the pandemic has changed the way we dress. Indeed, nothing was stiff or constricting but the drama came in how the clothes moved and flowed. Silhouettes had a lean, fluted elegance whilst oversized hourglass suiting came in luscious bursts of tropical orange and hot red and many looks were accessorised with raffia leis which along with flowing block print floral dresses, were a loose acknowledgement of their Hawaiian island inspiration.

Grounded by sporty sandals and flat loafers, the look was soft, graceful, and unencumbered. It wore its sophistication lightly.