e did an ombre orange fading into a pink colour – you can rub the pad around and mix those two colours together,” explains Jack McCollough. “Ombre is something we’ve worked a lot with in the past,” adds Lazaro Hernandez. “It has that softness we were looking for.” The designer extraordinaires behind Proenza Schouler (the moniker is derived from the last names of the respective designers’ mothers) have been on a starry ascent ever since their 2002 debut. Known for injecting an inimitable youthful vibe into hippie tie-dyes and taking fabric materials to a whole new level – they famously heated metal to bring out a rainbow sheen and moulded tweed into blown-up jackets that looked like industrial felting for Spring/ Summer ’14 – they are now going beyond fashion. BAZAAR gets the low-down on how the talented duo are bringing their brand of nonchalant sexiness to a make-up collaboration with MAC. Why beauty, why now, and why MAC? Lazaro Hernandez: MAC has been our biggest supporter for years now. They’ve collaborated with us on our beauty looks backstage each season and truly know our brand. How long has this collaboration been in the making? Jack McCollough: A couple of years! It’s crazy. LH: The packaging, which is completely custom, was the longest lead-time, I think. Were you involved in all decisions from colour selection and packaging design to shade names? JM: We were very involved. LH: We picked Pantones for absolutely everything and for every single colour, and then MAC gave us some variation with ombre palettes. There was a lot of back and forth, but we landed in a place that we’re really happy with, and that we think people will respond to. We’re also very excited about the packaging. It came out really well. It’s green fading into purple, a metallic rainbow.
Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough