Blah... blah... blah... blah... blah & blah! In a case of what you see is what you get rather than the supposed inspirations at hand, the boys at Proenza Schouler delivered their Spring 2014 collection. There is this persistent nagging feeling that it looks familiar and yet one can’t quite place it as it is out of context from the runways of Milan as well as other fashion capitols.
That being said, think Prada, Marni, Jil Sander, Chloe, Krakoff and Nicholas Ghesquiere and then that nagging question can be answered or solved … as it were. They manage to distill their designs by using other designers as their “base of operation.” Well, that’s fine for them while others who have more original thoughts are either consistently ignored or panned by the media.
As was stated by Cathy Horyn last week in her blog about NYFW, we seemed to have embraced mediocrity rather than true original talents and that goes from the minute you enter the tents till you are leaving your seat at a presentation. There is no excuse for this, in my book, for my fashion business.
These boys who are sweethearts of the media, for what I am not sure, I mean, other than they are cute boys, present collection after collection that more than hint at other designers and yet they are lauded season after season. WHY? What has happened to designers who design?
Part of the M O here, is that the BRAND and not the clothes are now on the ascent. The handbags are a great success as are the shoes. Once the categories start to fly, the clothes start to take a back seat as the “other” products soon produce more revenue than the primary source. Sad as this may be... it is truth.