Last week, fashion's most well-respected designers and the insiders who support and wear them huddled under the slanted roofs of the Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall for this year's CFDA Fashion Awards. It poured outside, but inside fringe and silk columns the color of spring bouquets blossomed on attendees who paraded on a real world runway all their own.
The big winners this year were:
Womenswear Designer of the Year: Proenza Schouler's Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez
Menswear Designer of the Year: Thom Browne
Accessories Designer of the Year: Phillip Lim
Let's take a short stroll through Proenza Schouler's history with this post. And let's start at the very beginning: The name Proenza Schouler is actually a mash-up of the designers' mothers' maiden names (though they admit it's one of their biggest regrets). But such decisions can be rushed when Barneys is knocking at your door with a request. In 2002, Parsons students Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez sold their entire senior thesis to Barneys New York. Since then, the duo has earned high acclaim for their modern takes on femininity--always edgy, expertly chic, and bold. They're quintessentially New York, if you ask me. Their women are unafraid of mixing influences and require a certain armor when dressing which just so happens to kill every time.
All collages are the work of Francesca Soroka