The brash pixilated prints and sharp cuts of last season, inspired by ‘surfing the internet’, were long gone as precise, tailored and almost solely black and white looks reigned at Proenza Schouler for A/W 13. The label's cool downtown girl seemingly grew into an perfectly poised uptown lady between collections – perhaps the result of the designer’s flagship store opening on Madison Avenue last season.
Expertly tailored skirts and dresses were minimal and feminine, paired with fifties-inspired sculptural cropped jackets and overcoats. A sixties spacey-mod vibe was apparent in monochromatic two-tone mini-dresses, low-slung flat-front pants and bomber-like jackets, while the introduction of striking chain-mail dresses and tops worn with tweed bouclé A-line skirts and jackets was a genius high-fashion meets punk take on contemporary daywear. Subtle hues and delicate fabrics were introduced as the collection graduated into eveningwear – a peach skirt on a black and white peplum dress, and gorgeous ivory guipure lace Givenchy-like gown chicly belted at the waist standouts of a measured, ultimately flawless, collection.