ALEX & LEE COLLABORATE WITH PROENZA SCHOULER: RESORT 2012
The Resort 2012 collections have presented us with many great ideas this week and have given a few hints of things to come for next Spring. Celine wowed us yet again with modern silhouettes this time adding floral prints and pops of neon pink while Alexander Wang showed us his sportier side perfecting some of his better separates from previous seasons. There have been many notable collections thus far, but I always anticipate Proenza Schouler’s collection each season the most. The duo has proven to us season after season that they are a force to be reckoned with as they have perfected the art of making a home-spun/ethnic/Arts and Crafts aesthetic the coolest thing coming out of NYC since Marc Jacobs in the late 90′s. The CFDA just agreed, awarding them last year’s recipient of Womenswear Designers of the Year.
This time around, I had extra incentive as I have been working with the accessory designers, Alex & Lee, that collaborated on the necklaces for Proenza’s Resort 2012 collection. Jack and Lazaro were in a San Francisco state of mind when designing this collection and were inspired by a feeling that came from the late 60′s in the bay area. While doing research, they stumbled upon vintage pieces by Alex & Lee who were one of the most influential accessory brands of that time. Known for their timeless artisanal design, Alex & Lee developed their voice by designing one of a kind pieces of Art-to-Wear jewelry that incorporate intricate knotting of macramé with natural elements and found objects. As lovers of Folk Art coupled with Alex & Lee’s storied position in Fashion history as both CFDA and Coty Award winners, Proenza did not hesitate to ask the famed artisans to collaborate on this collection.
The collection, limited to four 4 exclusive styles, incorporates natural and industrial elements. From hand-carved wood to copper, pyrite, resin and more, the collection evokes a modern perspective with a rich historical feel. It was a natural fit for both sets of artists as Proenza is known for their artisanal touches and their love of assemblage in design. Sure to become the most coveted accessories of the season, the necklaces are a perfect representation of the mystical and textured feeling that came from the early 1970′s.
“Iguana Pup” includes a photo collage of iguana, orchids, cactus, and sea urchin under beveled glass with resin on a circuit board. The drop is patinaed brass cast of a vintage pin with bronze fumed rhinestones. The piece is hand dyed cord & trim, knotted and woven with bronze findings.
“Crystal Candy” includes a Brazilian Stalactite Slice, toned and backed with reflective film, on a shell, embellished with a fumed Drusy and surrounded by pyrite and rhinestones. It has hand hammered brass elements, hand dyed and wrapped Cord and trim with rhinestone chain and a Bronze Clasp.
“Tropical Moth” includes a photocollage of flowers, foliage and a butterfly wing on hammered raised hand toned copper, under a resin pour and chandelier crystal, Carved wood ojime’ head with copper antenae, Serpentine and Vermeil Drop, Hand dyed knotted and woven cord & trim, brass and bronze elements and findings.