Gary Graham: A “Folk Hero” in Mismatched Textiles

Gary Graham's Fall 2011 collection, staged in the intimate setting of the designer's Tribeca store, offered a rather madcap, layered look for fall, topped off with punky, Joan Jett-esque wigs.

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Gary Graham's Fall 2011 collection, staged in the intimate setting of the designer's Tribeca store, offered a rather madcap, layered look for fall, topped off with punky, Joan Jett-esque wigs.
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The show featured a kaleidoscope of Graham's signature original prints, which he said were based on "the idea of the folk hero." The prints and textiles, all piled on top of each other in a mis-matched way, had an eccentric appeal.
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In previous seasons, Graham has shown original shoes created for the collection, but this round the designer topped off the looks with candy-colored Converse high-tops.
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Models emerged in the various rounds of the presentation from a wonderfully off-kilter "house," which usually serves as a dressing room for the store.
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While Graham typically eschews the Fashion Week hubbub, for the past two seasons, he's appeared on the regular calendar at Milk Studios. This February, however, he seems to be sticking close to home. "I think it's nice, once in a while, to show my work in the context of my store and the whole family kind of thing," he said.
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