Feb 21, 2011 12:00AM

Proenza Schouler

Featuring textiles and tribes.

At the end of Proenza Schouler's Autumn Winter 2011 show, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez took their runway bows in matching double denim outfits. It was a fitting way to finish a collection borne in the Southwest (it was apparently inspired by a road trip to Santa Fe). But far from being a romp through a litany of cowboy motifs, the collection referenced pre-Columbian craftsmanship and traditional Mesoamerican textiles. Navajo blanket patterns were blown up on computer screens and the pixilated results rendered on slouchy dresses, crew neck knits and boyish trousers. Leather, suede, velvet and silk transformed the kaleidoscopic prints into eye-poppingly dense textures. An earthy colour palette dominated, with lurid shots of mustard, crimson, orange and tan.

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Photography: Sonny Vandevelde

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