Thanks To Proenza Schouler, Fashion-Flow Is A Term, Quite Literally !!!

All Hail Flared Sleeves and Bell Bottoms !!!

Pulkit Srivastava
3 min readSep 10, 2022

Well, well, well, The New York Fashion Week is here to bestow upon us some of its sartorial blessings, and if Proenza Schouler’s Show is any emblem, Fashion is about to flow, at least in terms of sleeves and flares. In Proenza Schouler’s Spring 2023 Ready To Wear, omnipresent sheers waved hello to bell sleeves, and sorcery happened. Concealment flew in tandem with the skin reveal (which sheers do best), and voila, a fashion moment was born as breathable garments took the foreground.

After seeing exaggerated shoulders and puffed sleeves dominion, which have been donning the roads ever since Beyonce’s Stylist Marni Senofonte made them a Cultural Phenomenon in Lemonade, the sight of Umbrella Sleeves and Flared Bottoms was as refreshing as a lover’s embrace after eternities. Breezy sleeves were companion to the fierce struts in shades of blacks and whites to greens and blues, in reverence to the actual breeze. The theatrical deluge before the show began reconfirmed the collection’s inspiration from all things “Biosphere”.

For some ensembles, the sleeves amalgamated with flamenco ruffles to create an overstated declaration, thus continuing way past their conventional route, and giving us a “Visual-Spectacular” !!!

Apart from the show stopper sheaths, the crochets, voluminous bubble skirts, and show opener Arca, a Venezuelan Musician, were the highlight of the show. Fashion is not synonymous with merely body-hugging ensembles, and the expansive collection agreed. Think Power-Aesthetic Suit Dresses, with dangling crystals embedded, cannot be comfy. Think Again.

As per the designers, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, the collection has been a homage to their Latin Identity. Sleeve Fringes, Asymmetrical Skirts in the shade of Gold, and the breezy outlook of the garments attested to their statement. Hernandez said later that the duo had found “this amazing community of hand weavers in Bolivia,” a group of women who worked on a set of pieces for six months.

The designers met as students at the Parsons School of Design and named their fashion label after both of their mothers’ maiden names. McCollough said the duo had started with a series of silhouettes. The idea of water, he said, was expressed in the feeling of dripping — for example, the rippling feeling of a loose pair of bell-bottom trousers or even a ruffled black leather skirt, which was displayed well in the collection. Well, we’re ready to lounge around in Fashion, Are You ?



Pulkit Srivastava

Fashion Writer who is also fond of Literature, Poetry, and Feminist Analysis. I aspire to cover Met Galas and International Runways some day.