To a killer front row, Proenza Schouler’s must-have SS12 collection hit the brown shag-pile covered catwalk to the beat of bongo drums. The silhouettes were lean and structured, with jungle and animal print, horizontal stripes and beautifully intricate embellishment – it was all very summer resort circa 1960, and we were all on board for this sartorial time-travel excursion!
The tribal and safari ensembles made us think of Betty Draper on vacation, enjoying cocktail hour by a tiki hut in a decadent hotel. There was also something of a cartoonlike (in the best way possible) Flinstones edge to the overtly retro take on bold animal prints throughout, and striking beachwear took us straight to iconic and wild early 60s Californian surf movie, Beach Party.
The proportions were super flattering: high-waisted below knee-length A-line skirts and shorts crafted from long sections of eel leather paired with cute bustier tops, or cropped mac-inspired shirts sitting block-like and oversize revealing a dash of midriff above a high-waisted skirt or trouser made for striking combinations.
The 70s-inspired palette of bold bright orange, electric lime and amber was toned down cleverly accessible when paired with basic black and dark brown. While the whole collection had us in awe – and made us want to go grab a pina colada – it was the ultra-ornate floorlength multi-hued dresses at the end that really won us over.