February 08, 2011 New York
Despite the lightened-up tone, this collection was as rich with fieldwork as past outings. Graham worked a classic mythology vibe, referencing Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces and calling upon archetypal figures like the shepherd and the orphan to inflect his work. Sounds heavy, but the shepherd influence looked compelling in a long alpaca knit vest and fetching in a fitted brown and maroon blanket dress worn over a pair of indigo batik-print leggings. That batik print was one of the strongest in a collection full of them, all thrown together and layered willy-nilly. Like much of what was on display here, that mix felt fresh.