The music was tribal, but the clothes more tropical at the Proenza Schouler show at New York Fashion Week.
Considered one of the most influential collections on the runways here — before the fashion world move on to London, Paris and Milan — duo Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough seemed one step ahead with more trim, tailored shapes.
But they also confirmed the emerging trends for next spring with optimistic flashes of yellow and aqua, clean shapes and a lot of prints.
The first model Wednesday night on the lower West Side runway — an orange shag carpet, mind you — wore a buttoned-up jacket and tasteful, though super-short, shorts in dark brown with a tiger print.
From there, the designers moved down the spectrum from crocheted raffia, with a slight sheen and geometric details that oozed crafty chic, to very modern tech-crepe fabrics that hug the body. Both showed that Hernandez and McCollough continue to experiment with texture as much as silhouette.
A tank-style, shiny eel dress, done in black with yellow and white stripes, had the urban edge Proenza Schouler is known for.
The popular shirtdress was also offered, this time in a dark brown poplin with yellow sleeves. The designers also added sporty style to this look with a drawstring-waist. Sparkly embroideries in a colorful leaf print were included in the finale second-skin sheath.
Glamour's October cover girl, Alicia Keys, was on the front row with the magazine's editor in chief, Cindi Leive.