Proenza Schouler Among Fashion Week’s Best Shows

The finale from Proenza Schouler's spring 2011 show.

The Proenza Schouler show on Wednesday night was fantastic, for a few reasons. For starters, the clothes looked really, really, really good. Which might sound like a mundane thing to say about a fashion show, but it's often overlooked in the midst of frenzy and hype. There was a passage of what looked like heavy, tweedy, Chanel-y suits, but they were actually made out of the lightest shibori; it felt like they might just float up and off the runway. There was also a collaboration with the Crosby Street lingerie-maker Jean Yu: sheer bras and slip-dresses that were a perfect complement to the easy shapes that came later in the show. The Proenza designers have sometimes struggled to find their customer — their clothes are fantastic for the young, rich, tall, and thin, but there's not a world of that out there. But their clothes for spring 2011 were for a wider range of women without sacrificing any edge or creativity (though, in all likelihood, the rich part will still apply). It may well have been the week's greatest show.

See the complete collection here.