Proenza Schouler Spring 2011 fashion show. Photos: Jemal Countess, Getty Images

DESIGNER: Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough for Proenza Schouler

INSPIRATION:
It's as if the surfer girl from Proenza Schouler's last show grew up, got a job, but didn't lose her sense of cool.

TOP LOOKS:
Guipure-lace dresses in neon colors; Chanel-inspired tweed suits reinterpreted for downtown darlings; sequined hologram dresses; sheer lingerie-revealing frocks with ruffle detail

ACCESSORIES: Embossed crocodile pumps in a variety of colors, futuristic sunglasses, black webbed Alaïa-esque flat knee-high sandals, another round of covetable handbags

WHO WAS THERE:
Tracee Ellis Ross, Victoria Traina, Joseph Altuzarra, Rashida Jones, Leighton Meester

WHAT WE THOUGHT: The Proenza Schouler show kicked off with a ladylike jacket-skirt combo that was a new take on the Chanel tweeds your mother favors. Not that we wouldn't mind borrowing Mom's Chanel, but this felt fresher and, as the Proenza boys always are, cooler.

Even if the show had more feminine flair this time around, the designers still kept last season's hipster surfer girl in check. Hints of neon in the form of a bikini top peeked out from black-and-white sleeveless tweed dresses, and there was an entire set of degradé shibori dresses, tops, and skirts with a subtle tie-dye effect.

Perhaps most impressive were the full-blown neon offerings at the end -- three-quarter-length sequined dresses made to look like holograms and innovative guipure lace frocks in acidic shades. We expect that the boys' fashionable following will have no problem riding that wave for spring.

And don't miss out on our Backstage Beauty coverage of the show.

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