Gregory Parkinson has seen the light. "I'll never do that again," he joked, referring to Fall's mostly black collection. The truth is, the lacy black frocks sold extremely well and won him some new fans among women who are print- and color-averse. Nonetheless, it was back to chalky pastels and floral motifs for Spring, as well as his signature lace. This time around, though, Parkinson put the emphasis on separates, rather than the labor-intensive party dresses for which he's known. There were sweet cropped tanks paired with knee-length skirts whipped up in the same lace-over-print combo. There were mismatched oversize tees and sporty high-waisted shorts. And there was a particularly pretty white lace top worn with an ankle-length double-layer skirt of naive, almost hand-tatted-looking lace and a vibrant pink and blue flower cotton print.
The big news here, and the part of the story that most excited Parkinson himself, was his collaboration with the cashmere company Parker Blue. The crewnecks and cardigans had a snug fit in contrast to the boxier shapes of the other pieces, and Parkinson employed sponging techniques to give them their bright splotches of color or little polka dots. For Resort, he played around with simply cut printed jersey tanks and tees. Here, sewing them inside out so the hazy reverse side of the patterns showed, he turned them into something special. It was interesting to see him apply his artsy approach to humbler items. Parkinson reported he was headed right back to L.A. "I've got nine bridesmaids next weekend," he said. When the wedding is over and he starts thinking about next season, what would be fun is seeing what he could do with denim.