New York Fashion Week Fall 2012: Gregory Parkinson
Photographs don't do justice to the gorgeous textures, colors and fabrications in Gregory Parkinson's fall collection. Copper and gold Lurex were shot through multicolored wool, mesh and tulle, combined with multiple layers of lace, cut velvet and knitted fur to stunning effect.
And the process did not overwhelm the pieces. In other words, Parkinson was able to distill this incredible explosion of color and craft into pieces that can be incorporated seamlessly into a woman's wardrobe: cropped jackets, gauzy T-shirts, fitted dresses and open-weave shrug vests, all with the softness and ease of your favorite sweater.
Parkinson, who lives in Los Angeles and dresses the likes of the first lady, focused on trousers, too, including one elegant riff on a tuxedo pant with a contrasting brocade side stripe. The trousers were relaxed at the top, tapered and cropped at the ankle over the colorful Manolo Blahnik suede sandals made especially for the show. Mirrored, hand-blown glass necklaces, pins and pendants by TenThousandThings, and Garbo-esque hair and makeup completed the elegantly disheveled bohemian look.
The whole effect was rich, rich, rich, but Parkinson said he was actually able to use some of the same fabrics from this collection in his lower-priced line for the chain store Anthropologie, which will debut in April. Can't wait to see that!
-- Booth Moore in New York
Photos: Gregory Parkinson's fall 2012 collection. Credit: Raymond Chan