Gary Graham Spring Summer 2013 New York Fashion Week
Many designers are inspired tailors but Gary Graham is an artist. His collection for Spring 2013 had all the beautiful elements you’d expect from a spring summer collection such as white and cream colored materials, flowing scarf dresses, and whimsical prints but when Graham added his eccentric flare to the mix the line came to life with an elaborate story of macabre beauty. The inspiration was of a cemetery setting from the novel Our Lady of the Flowers by Jean Genet, you could have gotten that from the images of the collection without even hearing that as the styling seemed to reflect a lost soul who experienced a tragic end but when paired against the washed-out floral prints of the collection it all seemed to come together.
An interesting point to the collection was the structured versus completely air blown feelings that many of his looks emoted. A silk scarf dress with a structured bust and soft piecey hemline was that look in a nutshell. The structured boat neckline and bodice looked uniform and corset-like against the random cutaway hemline of the feminine dress. The mix of masculine and feminine elements continued as Graham added a structured white blazer to the look. Not that this look would be considered androgynous but it would certainly be looked upon as unique and deliberately artistic.
As many successful designers do, Grahm launched a diffusion line called Anagram that held true to his eclectic taste in fashion while maintaining a lower price point. Gary Graham’s collections will do very well in the years to come as his vision is as unique as the inspirations that create them.