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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Proenza Schouler is a brand that’s followed a very lucrative handbag pattern, road-tested by innumerable other handbag brands in the past: fine a few basic bags that people love and then capitalize on their success for seasons to come by remaking them in different sizes, proportions and structures.