By  on February 11, 2008

Proenza Schouler wunderkinds Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez are aiming to expand their modern luxury label. The duo, whose hats made a splash on the spring 2008 runway, is moving away from the usual four-plus-inch heels they send down the catwalks to roll out more pedestrian-friendly shoes and dipping into handbag design in the near future. Here, the twosome dish on fashion, feuding and the perks of being the boss.

WWD: The hats you showed for spring garnered tons of attention. What were you going for?
Lazaro Hernandez: They incorporated the central motif of feathers in the collection, which was the element that bridged the gap between the more put-together looks of a colonial slant and the more tribal elements that happened at the end of the show. The silhouette needed an element of exaggerated height, and the hats completed this look.

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