When Proenza Schouler hit big with its PS1, everyone waited to see what the duo would create next. The next big handbag design from the company was the PS11, and the minute I saw it, I was hooked.
Does this signal the beginning of a major shift in celeb handbag-carrying proclivities? Kate Bosworth is the first non-fashion celebrity we’ve spotted with a Proenza Schouler PS13 Satchel on her arm. As you’ll remember, the PS13 was shrouded in mystery until last month, when pics were finally unveiled.
Proenza Schouler hosted limited press previews of Proenza Schouler Pre-Fall 2013 last week, which presents a few problems. Namely, we want to see the bags, but Proenza only releases a limited number of collection images to the public, and they’re all full looks; you can see half a bag in some of them, if you look really closely.
First, I will admit that my thoughts on the Proenza Schouler Large Leather-Lined PS1 are probably more complex than they should be, and definitely more complex than would indicate optimal mental stability. I’ve been carrying a Large PS1 as my everyday bag for a year, though, and in that time, I’ve formed a couple of opinions.
When photos first started to leak out of the Proenza Schouler Resort 2013 press previews, I saw a bag that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about since: the Proenza Schouler Holographic PS11. Over those months, every time I spotted another bag that I wanted to buy, I’d stop myself and think, “Wait, you don’t like this as much as you like the holo PS11.
As we mentioned last week, Proenza Schouler tends to put its most directional accessories on the runway instead of the bags and leather goods that actually fly off of store shelves. That’s the case for most designers, but Proenza is particularly notable because there’s such a wide gulf between the runway bags and the rest of the line; you needn’t look further than Proenza Schouler Spring 2013 for proof.
Without question, the New York Fashion Week show I look forward to the most is Proenza Schouler’s. The brand’s collections always feel fresh and directional, and even though they only show a couple of bags on the runway per season, those pieces are usually a good indication of what’s to come from Proenza’s full accessories line, as far as prints, textures and colors go.