Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough are getting aggressive. Not only is Proenza Schouler’s business booming (its first store opened on Madison Avenue last week), but the spring show boasted an A-list front row including Kate Bosworth, Jessica Chastain, Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan and Florence Welch, as well as fellow designers Joseph Altuzarra and Tabitha Simmons.
A host of ultra-cool graphic, collage-inspired leather and printed looks showed on the runway, all of them worn with architectural sandals with tapered heels. But the show also begged the question: Is the aggressive sandal-boot making a comeback? So far for spring, we’ve seen Gianvito Rossi’s version at Altuzarra, a linked-panel approach at Alexander Wang, and now, a gladiator sandal-boot. While the corset front adds a sexy feminine detail, the sculpted metal heel balances this style with a polished edge.