NYC FASHION WEEK F/W 2013: Gregory Parkinson

Gregory Parkinson's Fall Winter 2013/2014 collection is full of feminine ruffles and lace. I love the overly frilly look of this collection. The tightness of the tops adds emphasis to the fullness of the ruffled skirts. This was a small collection, but it had a clear cohesive look. There is a strong vintage feeling to this collection, reminiscent of Mexican and Spanish heritage skirts, and Victorian women's clothing. With the range of fabric types and textures with the limited color palette, it has a very gothic bohemian style.

Of all these great looks, I have a couple favorites. I love the 4th outfit with the purple full tiered ruffle skirt, sheer blouse, and textural bolero jacket. The fabric and layers of the skirt make the purple not look flat and allows for color variations, which adds interest and makes this skirt stand out well. The dense texture of the jacket helps ground the otherwise fanciful skirt. I can't see much of the shirt, but it seems to be a basic sheer top similar to the others in the collection. My other favorite is the 8th outfit, with the long multi-tiered black chiffon skirt, a sleeveless lace blouse, and a sash tied in a bow. There is a striking elegance to this outfit. The fullness that tiers normally create, is downplayed by the cut of the skirt. That makes it much more wearable. The lace blouse is a nice fancy staple piece, which can be worn with many of the other pieces in this collection. The sash adds some fullness which helps bridge the shape gap between the fitted top and fuller skirt. Overall the collection is beautiful and elegant. To see more of the collection, go here.


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