Proenza Schouler’s Spring 2024 Runway Included Broken Glass Pailettes

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In the series What I Loved Yesterday, Harper’s Bazaar editors highlight one standout look from the previous day at New York Fashion Week.

I didn’t expect pailettes would be consciously uncoupled from”mermaidcore” on the spring/summer 2024 runways. But I hoped for it anyway.

2023’s resort collections ushered in a fun, under the sea cocktail party aesthetic made up of oversized pailettes and seashells. It evolved from playfully kitschy to juvenile and costume-y in the length of a TikTok. By the time I’d scrolled past what felt like the millionth mermaid outfit tutorial video on my “For You Page” this summer, I craved a detox from sparkles and sequins.

Then came two pailette-spangled looks from Proenza Schouler’s latest collection that were unlike anything else I’d seen this year—in person or online.

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Courtesy Proenza Schouler

proenza schouler spring 2024

Courtesy Proenza Schouler

Proenza’s collection for next spring refined its emphasis on elegant, slightly twisted everyday wardrobing from the previous season. There was a straight-laced black suit styled with toe-loop sandals and a red mesh socks in a witty twist on business casual, and the classic sweater over the shoulder look reimagined in a slim-fit, knitted dress with a front tie resembling knitted sleeves. (The label also debuted its monogram—a slightly abstract twist of its initials stitched on to sweaters and top handle bags.)

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Two pailette looks with the jagged edges and dangerous splay of a shattered mirror were interspersed into the middle of it all: one matching set with a square top and skirt, tied with black ribbons, the other a below-the-knee skirt over a sheer, gauzy fabric belted with a white long-sleeve top. I wasn’t at the show to see these pailettes shimmer in person. But I rewatched every Instagram story including them, twice.

The mermaid sequins I’ve mentally outgrown are smooth and pearlescent, with an Ariel costume sheen. Proenza’s embellishments are icy, unruly, and a little dangerous. They shimmer like a vault of heirloom diamonds and they’re delicately sewn atop wispy, semi-sheer fabric that invites you to reach out and touch them—but they could cut you if you’re not careful.

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The two pailette-coated looks broke up a collection defined by elevated wardrobe essentials like blazers and car coats.

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This is sparkle that has bite. And amid a collection of similarly wearable yet visually interesting pieces, they make the case for getting experimental with my everyday. Of the two pailette looks, the skirt styled with the long-sleeve knit is the one I want to wear with the same passion I had for Proenza’s strapless red leather dress last season. An all-over pailette garment will always have an element of drama, but this one was not a costume. It’s a template for how a self-assured woman can wear sequins, and in a way that’s too specific to become a -core.

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