Proenza Schouler’s Retro Resort

The last few seasons Proenza Schouler seems to have been influenced by prints, patterns and techniques of various indigenous groups.  And the trend continues with the 2012 Resort Collection.  Only this time there was something decidedly sixties about it (I swear my mother owned the belted dress in college).  Of course we cannot ignore the bags and shoes, as it was these details I found myself particularly drawn to.

Take a look for yourself:

As I mentioned, I am pretty sure my mom owned this very dress.  And there is nothing wrong with that, because I love it.  I think the key to keeping it chic and modern is making sure to style it with contemporary accessories.

This look is my favorite.  I like that while nothing matches, it all goes together.  Often the looks the designers show don’t translate to the street well.  However, this girl could walk right out on the street and no one would question it (except to ask her where she shops!).

I did a double take when I first saw this look.  I wasn’t sure if she was wearing shorts or a skirt.  The answer is a skirt.  It is this sort of quirky element that makes this look fun.  Of course my favorite element are the shoes, but who could blame me?

This sweater has a sort of grandpa feeling, which makes me want to curl up in a ball.  Styled differently it may have looked dowdy, but paired with the mini dress takes the look to a successful game of proportions.

There is something so sweet about this dress.  That is of course until you realize the straps and belt are leather.  And have we noticed the masses of short hemlines?  Clearly this collection is not for someone who is modest about her stems.


(All images courtesy of Proenza Schouler via


  1. Lovely collection. My mother had a dress similiar also. I wish I had all her old clothes, she was such a sharp dresser. I totes love the 60’s and 70’s vibe.

  2. The first dress is absolutely stunning and my favorite of the lot. I love the retro, classic feel of the dress. I would definitely buy that dress if it were in my colors (I’m a winter).

  3. I like the first dress, but I love the second outfit and the reason is exactly this one: nothing matches but everything works so well together. I would change the accessories for the first dress. Have a great weekend! :) Ada

  4. I’m a big fan of the first dress as well! This is overall a really lovely collection!

  5. My fav is the last – love the leather belt and straps!

  6. the look with the red pants is killer – yes please!

  7. I really loved this collection, the colors and patterns were all so unique and distinct! Especially all of the burnt oranges. Delicious.

    –Megan//The Martian Tide

  8. Love the shoes with the first dress.
    Love the wearabilty of the purple pants outfit
    And love how the last dress almost has a 20’s flapper style to it. I love Proenza Schouler.

  9. The color pallet used throughout the collection is so wonderful! I love how rich and warm some of the hues are. I really love the burgundy pants and the orange and black sweater!

  10. I’m really liking the wide prints

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  11. I love all of these, but the second & third look is absolutely my favourite- So artful and I love the colour story going back to black, it’s bold and so wearable. :-)

  12. Kind of surprised at the lengths – usually in down economies, hems are longer – maybe there’s some optimism here? Def 70’s – I swear that long sweater was worn by many girls…but with bell-bottom jeans!

  13. I normally don’t dress like this but for some reason, I’m in love! That belted dress is awesome.

  14. Love love love!!!! The very first dress and that unusual black and white sweater are my favorites.


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