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.



the Citizen Rosebud said...

Ah. Sticker shock after my wardrobe full of $5 dollar Goodwill sweaters, lol.

I did love their collection however, but couldn't even fathom buying something that pricey.

Veshoevius said...

That is a ridiculous price tag for a dress! I mean it's an interesting design but its not like McQueen special and you could probably buy a real work of art for that no? - I'm sure a high street store will turn out something with a similiar feel for far more wallet friendly prices and you probably won't even have to wait until August to get it!

jill815 said...

Hi Bella, total sticker shock on this dress. Some of the other dresses they offered were in the $4,500 range so to see the price for this one, I nearly fell out of my chair. I'm so with you on the $5 Goodwill sweaters. A lot more fun looking for them too!

jill815 said...

Hi Veshoevius, you're right, you could probably buy a few works of art for the price of this dress. I'm keeping my eyes out for the high street knockoff.

I am still swooning over the beyond-gorgeous ensemble you wore to the opera. To anyone reading this, please visit Veshoevius at the link below and fall in love with this outfit as I did!

Cloud of Secrets said...

I love the fabric in that dress, and that it's below knee-length and still sexy, in contrast to the mini dresses that have been so trendy for the past couple of years. I am very much on the lookout for dark, richly patterned dresses that are a bit longer yet shapely.

But I had a physical spasm when I saw the price tag!

You know, buy some pretty jacquard velvet yardage, a dress form if you don't have one, some pins and thread, and drape and hem something like it yourself for a few hundred bucks at most.

jill815 said...

Hi Sarah, I'm so with you, I think I actually sat back in my chair when I saw this dress sells for nearly $18,000. I did like that it was long-sleeved and long-skirted, it seems like something you could wear for many seasons (especially for that price).

Do you have a dress form? I keep thinking of getting one, even though I haven't sewed in forever, but I know I would just stick a dress on it like part of my bedroom had become a costume exhibition.