Just when you thought that the Proenza Schouler PS1 had come in every version that you could possibly imagine, the minds behind Proenza Schouler have reinvented their staple satchel yet again. The Proenza Schouler PS1 Tiny Bag sits between the classic Medium version of the bag and the top handle-lacking PS1 Pouch, and it fits perfectly with the huge, ongoing trend of designers shrinking down their signature pieces for a crossbody-loving consumer market.
For anyone hoping that the backpack trend might be a true flash in the pan that would disappear at the end of the season, I have some news that might upset you: the Proenza Schouler PS Backpack is one of the brand’s most visible new designs for Fall 2013, and usually Proenza is toward the front end of trends like this instead of the back.
Regular PurseBlog readers know that Megs and I are full-on Proenza Schouler fangirls. We both own bags from the brand and carry them regularly, and Proenza is responsible for my all-time favorite bag in my personal collection. You can imagine, then, that we were delighted to get the opportunity to inspect some of the best Proenza Schouler Fall 2013 Bags up close and personal, and now we’d like to share that experience with you.
Yes, this is Sally Field carrying a very trendy brown suede Proenza Schouler PS1 Pouch while shopping in Santa Monica. Not Diane Kruger or Ashley Olsen, mind you, but American acting legend Sally friggin’ Field. I consider this solid proof that the PS1 is already a bonafide classic. (And yes, when I use adjectives like “classic” in this context, what I really mean is: it appeals to people beyond the teenage starlets who call the paparazzi on themselves.) You can snag Sally’s exact bag for $1,325 at farfetch.com.
I specifically remember spending summers in Ohio riding bikes around the neighborhood and going to the local market to buy candy. Every favorite candy of my childhood was there, and one that most of us remember is Candy Buttons. You might not remember the name, but you remember the hard candy that you chewed off a long piece of wax paper.
For those that love the Proenza Schouler handbag aesthetic, it seems the brand can do no wrong. The PS13 wasn’t as big of a hit as the coveted PS1 and PS11, yet the brand just released the Courier, and I’m sure it hopes the design will cause a buying frenzy like it’s predecessors.
But the question is, will you buy it?
If you thought that holographic and other color-shifting leather treatments would be an early-2013 flash in the pan, think again. The trend, which got going in earnest for Resort 2013 (so, in mid-2012, when those collections were first shown to the public), is back for Fall 2013, often in the form of dark, oil-slicked patent leather. The Proenza Schouler Mini PS11 Holographic Shoulder Bag, one of the most visible light silver holo bags of early 2013, is also back.
Reese Witherspoon was in fine spirits when the paparazzos caught her running errands in Santa Monica, but you know what they say: when you look good, you feel good. (Sadly that isn’t always the case for Reese, who always looks fantastic but doesn’t always look happy to see cameras. Still, it’s nice to see her smiling and laughing here, nonetheless.) You’ll notice she’s carrying a bright white Proenza Schouler PS1 Bag with gold hardware that pairs perfectly with her orange floral print mini, white blazer and hemp jewelry.
One of my absolute favorite things about Proenza Schouler is its penchant for approaching traditional fabrics with a super-technical, totally modern twist. My absolute favorite bag in my collection is a Proenza Schouler PS1 covered in a digitized Aztec-print blanket material, which is so intricate that I still haven’t tired inspecting it up close, over a year and a half after the initial purchase.
Don’t get me wrong, I still love Proenza Schouler, but I’ve been waiting for something that stands out a bit more than the usual. Yes, I want to continue adding Proenza bags to my collection, but I haven’t seen one in a while that got my credit card hand twitching. A variety of colors in the classic designs continue to be released, but it wasn’t until I saw the ombre effect on these bags that I started to feel the buying urge.