Jack McCollough, Lazaro Hernandez Talk Proenza Schouler at FIAF

NEW YORK — When Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez met as first-year transfer students at The New School’s Parsons School of Design — McCollough had previously studied painting in San Francisco, and Hernandez was pre-med in Miami — they became instant friends and the eventual codesigners of Proenza Schouler, a brand that sold their entire senior thesis collection to Barneys New York and went on to win the inaugural CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Award two years after it was founded in 2002.
During a talk at the French Institute Alliance Française, which launched its annual Fashion Talks series in Manhattan, the duo opened up to Vogue’s digital creative director Sally Singer about the brand’s humble beginnings and still-rebellious spirit. “Our teachers at school hated us,” Hernandez said. “We were the worst students. They were like, ‘You need to stop making clothes for art girls. You guys need to make easy separates.’ And we were like ‘What? No!” That spirit kind of stays with us to this day. P— off some people….Some people will love it, some people will hate it. You can’t cater to every single person.”
Later, an audience member asked if the designers would ever consider working for another house.

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