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Face Off: Proenza Schouler vs. Dolce and Gabbana

What do Dominico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana and Jack McCollough & Lazaro Hernandez have in common? Dolce & Gabanna and Proenza Schouler are both made up of a duo of gay designers (duh). Neither of them have an off-price collection (anymore). The two sets each have impecable tailoring with a love of color. And both pairs of designers ruminated over their struggles getting into Bergdorf’s in the Bergdorf Goodman documentary. Oh, and these two design houses each featured people and faces in their Spring ’13 prints. It was a bizarre jarring departure from the expected, and the only two runways we’ve seen face up to it. Who does it better?

While Proenza Schouler on the left shows a sea of modern men, Dolce and Gabbana on the right takes it back to their medieval roots of Sicily, showing suits of armor and a sea of metal-clad soldiers.

Compare and contrast them in as we go shot for shot of faces and near-Where’s Waldo-esque scenes of people that clamored all over these two runways.

Written by Jessica Lapidos

I impart my daily love of light layering, thick-as-thieves platforms and undiscovered fashionable gems. I love to turn a phrase, and in truth I'm a designer at werq.