Wilmington Delaware native, Gary Graham, is one of the first few designers to show his Spring/Summer 2012 collection. The Art Institute of Chicago graduate's show presents 28 looks that very much follow his self-described aesthetic:
"The incorporation of quilting, embroidery, patina and patchwork with chunky knits and leathers create a highly individualized look with impeccable finish. Signature prints and jacquards are designed to incorporate visual clues that articulate the underlying themes of each collection."
Graham's work is a mixture of shears, patchwork, florals and is at once punky and youthful but also elegant and grown-up. His garments would not be out of place at your local H&M store, and Graham describes his work simply as "comfortable."
My biggest problem with the collection was that, as an earlier showing that was shot with one model rather than on a runway, it featured one model wearing all 28 looks. Unfortunately, the model does not rock the looks as well as one might. Similarly, I didn't enjoy the styling of black shoes over funky socks, the hemlines and the high-topped shoes made the model look short. Really, these clothes should have been worn by some 6 foot goddess. Just sayin'. At the same time, there were a few looks that worked, or had the potential to REALLY work for someone else (with better shoes.)
Enjoy! and keep your eyes out for Graham definitely a New York designer to watch.