October 30, 2020
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Proenza Schouler Spring 2018 RTW

Thank you, Vincente Minnelli and Gene Kelly! Your “An American in Paris” is not just a catchy title, but a plot line that involves a Yankee arriviste trying to sell his art in the City of Light. How could fashion resist the appropriation?
This it’s-not-just-couture season indeed finds Americans in Paris, and not under the CFDA’s group umbrella. On Sunday, two Atlantic-crossing duos, former fashion wunderkinds all, made their Paris debuts: Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez and Rodarte’s Kate Mulleavy and Laura Mulleavy. Monique Lhuillier will show today.
As for the benefits these showtime expats sought to gain, while an often-articulated school of thought holds that the traditional fall and spring calendars are too late given the realities of the business, whether retailers will commit early and or more resources to still-small businesses is unclear. For the designers, escaping the severely overpopulated New York calendar in favor of assimilation into a more elegantly distributed schedule in July and January clearly proved attractive, as did the potential for greater international exposure and to bask in the reflected glory of Paris — a lure with a risk factor as well, particularly during couture.
Both Proenza and Rodarte presented their spring 2018 collections in

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