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Proenza Schouler Made Us Weep With Joy

New York Fashion Week has come to a close, and we might be dead – for real, it’s entirely possible that we have left our physical bodies, observing the world as specters of our former selves. We’re that tired. But our trusty photographer Sonny Vandevelde is still running around town, getting backstage shots at the best shows – today he hit Proenza Schouler.

We audibly gasped at the sight of the MADE Fashion Week alums’ latest collection. The Spanish-inspired garments of Proenza SS16 were intricately constructed, elegant, and forward thinking. Designers Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough took this season’s trends and pushed them to a new place – shoulder cutouts were done on wide-knit, emerald green dresses, and this season’s ubiquitous nineties-style slip was overlaid with a lovely net of feathers. The clothes moved beautifully, with tango dress-like ruffles flowing as the models strutted. We especially loved the little pom-poms that adorned the edges of dresses and bolero jackets.

The soundtrack was a mix of thumping techno and a solo Spanish vocalist, keeping the energy in the room high. The front row included longtime Proenza supporter Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington, Carine Roitfeld, and Karen Elson, all of whom we’re sure will soon be sporting the bags brought out at the show, which were reminiscent of their first hit, the PS1. Hernandez and McCullough outdid themselves. They emerged at the end of the show to deafening applause- they deserved it.

All photography by Sonny Vandevelde

To see more of Sonny’s backstage coverage from the shows, click here.

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