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Editorial

What is the closest thing the United States has to European couture? The new collection from the creative duo at Proenza Schouler, showing in Paris for the second time, is a reflection on the rediscovery of the American textile tradition and draws inspiration from the work of American textile artist Sheila Hicks, whose exhibition Jack McCollough recently visited. Craftsmanship and ‘handmade’ met in a neo-hippie collection featuring tie-dye, macramé, woven leather, prints and patchworks on tops, skirts, long high-necked dresses or slip dresses with side cut-outs and tailored or shearling coats decorated with brass clips and buttons. Long fringes and weaving appeared alongside big beaten metal necklaces straight out of the art jewellery tradition of the ’60s and ’70s.