Gary Graham was born in Wilmington, Delaware, and graduated from School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since his very first collection, his creations have been laced with historical references and allude to his background in costume and textile design. His mood boards are often filled with ambiguous inspirations, but somehow it all comes together.
For his Fall 2012 RTW collection, Graham was inspired by the Manchester International Theater Festival he attended in July, ancient Iranian wrestling tunics, and WWI naval “dazzle” camouflage. It seems to be a difficult combination, and yet he achieved his aesthetic. His goal to is promote convertibilty and quite a bit of layering.
This collection included quite a few things that I absolutely LOVE. Number one being the use of texture, and two, the use of color. I find that a lot of fall collections shy away from color, but Graham managed to keep brights and neons, in fun prints and fabrics to make the fall a little less drab. His use of texture was probably the highlight of the collection for me. There was a textured pair of “stockings” I guess I would call them, that had me tripping over my words. He worked them into a few of the looks and they brought a new kind of depth.
Don’t get me wrong, Graham’s clothes are not for every girl, but the hometown fashionista would have a ball with his conceptual design and the touch of luxury he adds to even the most “grungy” collections. I wouldn’t have wanted to start this NYFW off any other way.