5 posts tagged "Gary Graham"
Japan, horseback riding, and fear of the dentist were among the inspirations at FIT’s annual Future of Fashion show last night, where students of the graduating class of 2013 showed off their creations. Supported by a gift from Calvin Klein (an FIT alum, of course), the show was divided into several categories, including special occasion, sportswear, intimate apparel, knitwear, and children’s wear—which, thanks to a rambunctious mini model who moseyed down the runway with his tongue stuck out, was a particular crowd pleaser. “I was really blown away,” said Lisa Perry, who mentored designers in the sportswear category. She bestowed the Lisa Perry sportswear award upon Jae Lee (above, left). The winning designer sent out an oversize charcoal wool skirt suit garnished with electric orange PVC, and topped it off with a clever plastic visor. “He was incredibly creative,” Perry said of the graduate, who was inspired by yearbook images, which he etched into plastic. “And the quality was amazing. I was so proud!”
Other standouts included Jong Suk Park (above, right), whose chunky hooded knit look won second place in Cotton Inc.’s Best Use of Cotton contest, as well as Carly Rosenbrook’s structured white denim and PVC look, which took the Gary Graham sportswear prize, and Miguel Pena’s waxed cotton and leather separates, which received the Rag & Bone sportswear award. Visit FIT’s website to learn more about the many talents in the graduating class of 2013.
Designer Gary Graham spent his college years in the Windy City as a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He’s back in town today for his alma mater to give him the Legend of Fashion Award. When Graham arrived in 1988, he lived in Wicker Park—”all artists, a mostly Hispanic community,” he said by phone from Chicago today. Things are a bit different now—”I wouldn’t use the word gentrified,” he says, “but it’s all kind of been discovered.” We chatted with Graham about his favorite Chi-town haunts, then and now. Continue Reading “Gary Graham’s Five Favorite Chicago Spots” »
Yes, it’s strange to shop for fall clothes in May, but that’s how the fashion world rolls, so Friday night I stopped by ABC Carpet & Home for Gary Graham’s autumn trunk show and ended up not only placing an order for a red silk dress, but going home with another dress in black jersey from Spring. My two purchases notwithstanding, one of Graham’s specialties is the washed, shrunken leather jacket. Taylor Momsen has been seen around town in the Spring version; the Fall style is named after Hepzibah Pyncheon from Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The House of the Seven Gables. “She’s the ultimate spinster and I loved the idea of using her as inspiration for the Victorian silhouettes,” Graham explained. Among the collection’s other keepers was a jacquard coat with a pattern taken from a 1774 Spanish-Flemish engraving, which the RISD museum purchased for its permanent collection. Talk about museum-worthy design. More information at www.garygrahamnyc.com.
Summer—and summer hours—are coming to an end. Last Friday I took advantage of the office’s early closing by going to visit Gary Graham’s brand-new boutique at ABC Carpet & Home, where I not only found a dress and a Rebecca Purcell necklace to wear for fashion week, but a new favorite shopping destination. Graham literally thought outside of the box when designing his circular store, letting his imagination run free with images of roundabouts, Indian mandalas, Boy Scout camp fires, and circuses. “I would love the whole boutique to be on a rotating gear…” he muses. No special effects were needed for the shop to move my world, however. Graham’s little 250-square-feet nook is one part cozy, one part creepy (the mannequins have animal heads and claw feet), and entirely magical.