When Barneys first called Proenza Schouler designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, they were just seniors at Parsons. “So we called the skinniest friend we had in college,” recalled Hernandez, and McCollough finished his sentence: “We were like, ‘You’re gonna wear some samples!’” As the legend goes, Barneys bought the entire collection, and a star label was born. A decade later, Barneys is rereleasing that first collection to celebrate Proenza’s ten-year anniversary at the store. Last night, Barneys CEO Mark Lee fêted the collaboration with a party at his Chelsea home.
So, how did other guests’ first post-college jobs compare to the overnight success of the Proenza boys? Anna Wintour’s daughter, Bee Shaffer, told the Cut she spent her first post-school summer smuggling a cow onto Governors Island, while Simon Doonan was forced to demolish old toilets with a sledgehammer. Read on for more amazing first-job horror stories and party pictures.