By  on June 5, 2013

The story of Barneys New York and Proenza Schouler is something of a fashion storybook romance, its lore undoubtedly stoking the passions of design students the world over. Especially at Parsons The New School for Design, where Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez were still students presenting their senior thesis collection when Barneys bought the whole thing off the student runway show, thus securing bragging rights to the discovery of the designers, who were named Womenswear Designer of the Year at the CFDA Awards Monday night, their fifth Trova. “We didn’t prepare at all,” said McCollough on the phone the next day. “Last year we went with a speech, and there’s nothing more depressing than going home at the end of the night with a speech in your pocket that you didn’t get to use.”

This story first appeared in the June 6, 2013 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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