February 05, 2012 New York
At a preview in Graham's downtown Manhattan store, he piled up a vintage quilt-print dress with fine-gauge sweaters and a deconstructed army vest, then completed the look with a Dickensian wool topper. Styled in a more realistic, pared-down manner, the pieces here would still stand out—particularly the outerwear. The burnished cardinal fingertip-length coat evoked, as the designer put it, a sense of "leftover royalty," while a safety orange padded vest with a split-zip hood added a refreshing touch of sportiness. Graham's clothes aren't for everyone, but aspiring female dandies ought to fancy his unique brand of awkward elegance.