NEW YORK — As a whole, the American collections haven’t been much to write home about. It would appear that safe, and in some cases, dull, is the biggest trend of the season. But that’s not to say there haven’t been a few solid efforts and bright spots.

Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough of Proenza Schouler made a big noise last season with the Parsons thesis they parlayed into a fall collection for Barneys. Their ethos of easy elegance combined with a perfectionist’s love of details has had editors and retailers buzzing. And their spring lineup, in washed-out pink, gray and beige, did not disappoint. They paired fabrics in unlikely combinations that could work for day or night: the cotton twill jacket with a flippy satin skirt, a handbeaded, washed-silk tank worn over cotton boy shorts.

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