Thursday, February 24, 2011
Proenza Schouler on Moda Operandi
I couldn’t let New York Fashion Week go by without watching at least one show via livestream and I decided on Proenza Schouler after a few of their spring dresses featured in the February 2011 issue of Vogue caught my eye. I always thought Proenza Schouler wasn’t for me—too young, too cool, too downtown. After seeing their clothes for Fall 2011, however, I think I’ve changed my mind about Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, the couple behind Proenza Schouler.
I wasn’t in love with everything, but the jewel-toned colors of some of the dresses, the reds and oranges and greens, were rich and wonderful and when I saw the final dress, shown above, I fell immediately in love with it. Sheer long black sleeves, belted, asymmetrical long skirt, with velvety rectangles in shades of blue and green that reached up and over one shoulder. I’m not sure the still picture does this dress justice, when the model walked the tiny mosaics of color came to life, shimmering with every step she took. The dress wasn’t edgy or downtown or too cool. It was just beautiful.
This stunner is available on Moda Operandi, the new online trunk show I wrote about earlier this month. It is called the Over The Shoulder dress and is described as a black/green/blue/brick print asymmetrical dress with a slim chain strap. It is made of 100% panne jacquard velvet.
Now for the bad news.
It is $17,850. The deposit required to order it is $8,925 and the dress will be ready for delivery sometime between August 15 and September 30, 2011.
This dress is beyond lovely but if I was going to be spending that kind of money on clothes, I would take myself right back to the Chanel Boutique at Saks Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and let the fabulous sales associate there, Luba, fit me out in one of the tweed jackets she insisted I try on last November. At $4,200, it seems like a relative bargain in comparison and I’d probably get a lot more use out of it too.
I will continue to monitor Moda Operandi’s offerings and I can hardly wait to find out how they are doing in sales.