At the tail end of a lacklustre fashion week, where we were blessed a lot, though not with great clothes, the Proenza Schouler show was a jolt to the system. Daring and uncompromising, it defied characterisation and it flowed seamlessly from what Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough have been experimenting with lately. If this report was written in emoji (and why isn't it, I hear you ask, when the pair are so digitally savvy) it would mainly consist of multiple flamenco women in red. Olé!
Black ribbons, tied in bows or crossed at the back, held everything together, from a white tailored vest and loose trousers to a white broderie anglaise pom-pom-trimmed shirtdress in a state of undress. Shoulders never had it so good, exposed and highlighted in a black sleeveless coat, secured with a white bow, or a black tiered frilly knit dress with red trim or a ruffled top tied around the neck with, you guessed it, ribbons. Polka dots and what looked like fingerprints in white and lipstick stains in red clashed, and tweed was made almost translucent on a black tank dress with a frilly sleeve falling down the arm. The sea green net dresses continued last season’s idea, which the linked feather dresses and chained skirts of the finale took one step further. You would be hard pressed to find more fabulous dresses this season. But at least it will be easy to know which emoji to use to express your joy.