I adore bright colors and punchy prints on the red carpet and one person who got it right at the 2011 CFDA Awards was Liv Tyler. Though not a red carpet mainstay, I am consistently impressed with her fashion choices and in my opinion, she is definitely an “It” girl, though slightly under the radar.
She chose a silk printed dress from Proenza Schouler’s Fall 2011 collection (worn on the runway by Kelsey Van Mook ), which she accessorized with black lace-up sandals, a black belt and a PS-11 clutch from the brand. Liv is the first to wear a look from the collection on the red carpet and she truly did not disappoint. The dress is chic and animated and I cannot wait to see others try out the rest of the looks.
Proenza Schouler is the official brand of cool women everywhere and I must admit, the heels I own from the brand are among my top five favorite pairs. They have since also become known for their prints which take inspiration from a wealth of sources. For Fall, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez were inspired by a road trip to Santa Fe and the allure of the Native American blankets that they found there. They enlarged and pixelated those prints and the results are seen in the collection, one such print being found on Liv Tyler’s dress. They were a main focus of the collection featured on long-sleeved form-fitting sheaths on Jourdan Dunn and Jia Jing, sleeveless versions of those printed dresses, Tara Gill, Liu Wen and Joan Smalls’ slouchy ankle-length pants, a peplum striped jacket on Ruby Aldridge, as well as on chunky knit sweaters.
What Lazaro and Jack do best is an effortless styling that is definitely practiced, but looks nothing of the sort. A black suede shirt was carefully tucked into a yellow belted pencil skirt on Daiane Conterato and on Mirte Maas, the same was done with a leather shirt under a long leather jacket. Velvet and sheer fabrics were mixed seamlessly, as if the Proenza Schouler women just picks things out of her closet and throws them together in the coolest way. I am excited about seeing how these designs translate into stores and how the fashion set will be trying them out in the coming weeks.
Visit www.proenzaschouler.com for more information and see more looks from the Fall 2011 collection below.
*Images courtesy of Getty and GoRunway.com.