Gregory Parkinson's Spring 2011 collection, I wrote: "With its vibrating colors and bold prints, [it] looks like nothing else we've seen so far this season." What a difference a few weeks would make. By the end of the Paris shows last October, hyper prints had become a key trend, and they continue to be a big story for Fall. Parkinson was there first, and influential boutiques like Ikram in Chicago and Capitol in Charlotte, North Carolina, have picked up his line in the interim.
From the looks of the Fall collection he showed on models at Milk Studios tonight (a step up from last seaon's mannequins), there will be other stores following suit. Each of the 16 handmade outfits was a panoply of color and print and texture. There was a real verve to the way he layered a bolero jacket with Lurex appliqués over a printed lace tee and long full floral skirt, or a printed wool lace coat over a dip-dye tank and foil-printed denim jacquard trousers. The models even said they felt like princesses. Head to toe it's positively transformative, but the real beauty of the collection is how it can be taken apart. You could be the center of attention with just that bolero jacket and your own pair of jeans.