You Got the Memo, Boys

Friday, September 24, 2010

Proenza Schouler Spring 2011
all images via New York Magazine

A few years ago, when I was interviewing for a boring corporate job, and I needed a boring corporate suit, I decided to treat myself to a proper one from Barneys. After what felt like hours browsing the racks, considering the cool navy and black skirts that all felt somewhat too fashion-forward to do the job, I was ready to give up hope.

"Do you have something kinda plain, but not so old lady?" I asked the sales associate, who shook his head sadly.

"We don't really do suits right now," he explained, as I paused in front of a Balenciaga tulip skirt, looking for its "mate" on the rack.

Then, finally, in a lonely little corner, I found an unembellished black button down jacket and a nearly mini matching skirt. Jackpot! I thought to myself, as I peered at the label. Funny that it was Proenza Schouler. I didn't know they made suits.

Then I went into the dressing room, and tried on the jacket- which was a bit thrift-store boxy Jackie O, then the skirt, which was a size too small... I wanted something more slender overall- "More Dolce?" the sales associate offered, handing over a far too sexy stretch knit skirt and cardigan combo. I shrugged.

I considered buying the suit and using the in-house tailor to take it in. But something in me resisted. I grabbed the Balenciaga skirt, the one that didn't match anything at all instead. "You made the right choice," the sales associate whispered. "That suit was just not working for me."

And now years later... it all works for me. I'm craving Lady for Fall, and Proenza Schouler went ahead and did Lady for Spring 2011.

You got the memo, boys. I'm sold.


Jessi Lou, The Chic Addict said...

Those necklaces are so cool! They always impress me.

amelie said...

I really like the print on the blue and yellow dresses, and the length on the yellow one I've been wanting to see more of for a while now.

daisychain said...

LOVE the first dress :)

Scientific Housewife said...

Cute story!

FashionLifeCoach said...

I like her collection of allover prints fading into dip dye. The neon color accent pimps the allover impression. later, FashionLifeCoach

Katy said...

Oh wow! I would seriously wear every single one of those!

Love the story- I would've definitely ended up with the skirt too ;D

WendyB said...

I had the exact same experience in Barneys in the '90s: "We're not showing suits."

There was one gray one there, that I finally found. I sitll have it.

Jose Camacho said...

The accessories are amazing!
Jack and Lorenzo never dissapoint.

Jose C.


BlackBox said...

isnt it funny how there are pieces that just speak to you? im such a spontaneous shopper, never go out in order to buy. But ive learnt to always buy when something pulls me towards it. And i never regret it.

Syed said...

That last look is gorgeous.

StuddedLilly said...

the colors are amazing! great pieces!

Wrecked Stellar said...

Love the last look and liked reading your Barneys recap :) Hope you are well!! xo, mel

Piper (DailyDivaDish) said...

Gorgeous dresses! And so much better than a boring old suit. Thanks for sharing!
XO Piper

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