September 08, 2010 New York
Parkinson's first passion is fabrics. One of the dresses in the 16-look lineup was hand-stitched together from 24 separate swatches of material, and most of the assembled pieces were over-dyed. The effects were positively kaleidoscopic, so he was smart to keep the silhouettes fairly simple: a deep V-tank cut from an abstract floral was shown over a full, ankle-scraping skirt; lace and mesh bed jackets topped to-the-floor dresses; and the collection's one pair of pants, in over-dyed leopard spot, was worn with a belted jacket in a mismatched print. Parkinson's most popular silhouette is a tank dress. "There's something about them," he said. "No matter how many a woman has, she'll keep buying them." You can chalk that up to ease—comfort is one of Parkinson's big selling points. Another: "Women want things that last for more than one season," he noted. One thing's for certain: With its vibrating colors and bold prints, Parkinson's collection looks like nothing else we've seen so far for Spring 2011.