Proenza Schouler served up a feast of tie-dye in their spring 11 show on the penultimate day of New York Fashion Week yesterday.
New York designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler used a Japanese tie-dying method called Shibori on the majority of the collection and colours ranged from pastels to electric brights, alongside plenty of black. Transparent chiffon chemises in acid greens appeared over black lace brassieres, a nod to the strong acid tones of last spring with a feminine touch.
Lengths were just above or below the knee in straight cut dresses using a riot of texture. Clingy skirts with a sponge-like texture featured alongside loose t-shirt dresses. The collection had a defiantly grown-up feel as matted tweeds, mainly white with contrasting fluorescent tones, were worn over buttoned up silk shirts.
American designer Michael Kors offered a fresh feel for spring 11, inspired by his home garden, in a palette of grass green, daffodil yellow and hibiscus pink.
White linen sarongs, hemp linen jackets and skirts, T-shirt dresses, swimwear and slip dresses sashayed down the catwalk in mid-calf or long lengths.
Loose fitting boy trousers in black wool appeared with a series of tank tops or jumpers in layers of black chiffon and pale silk. The designer said he was inspired the idea of a woman throwing a coat over a long dress for a night out.