Who knew putting four or even five different kinds of lace together all at once would result in dresses that look like they could float away in a light breeze? For his Spring 2013 collection, Gregory Parkinson spun French lace into a tightly edited collection of dresses for day. In some dresses, it was layered over colorful camouflage, but in many, it was the starring attraction.
Sneak Peek — The Complete Anthropologie Capsules From Gregory Parkinson, Karen Walker, John Patrick, and More
Because everyone loves a good collaboration: in just a few short days Anthropologie will launch Made in Kind, a new ecommerce platform featuring 11 exclusive capsule collections from some of the most intriguing designers around. Among those involved in the project's April 5 debut? Established favorites Karen Walker, Gregory Parkinson, and John Patrick; up-and-comers Samantha Pleet and Charlotte Linton; and newbies Rachel Rose and Koto Bolofo.
With pieces priced from $84 to $470, the various collections offer an accessible introduction to each designer's respective aesthetic: there are whimsically printed dresses in vintage silhouettes from Karen Walker, clean-lined blouses and bottoms in sustainable fabrics from John Patrick, and hand-dyed tops and skirts in vivid hues from Gregory Parkinson. "I think women who say 'I never wear print or color' will be surprised when they try on these items," Parkinson says of his collection.
Click through for a complete look at some of our favorite collections from the Made in Kind project, all of which will be available exclusively on Anthropologie.com starting April 5.
>> Gregory Parkinson presented a tonal — and textural — Spring 2012 collection earlier today at MADE at The Standard. Stay tuned for the full collection review; in the meantine, click through to see our snaps from the presentation.
Photos by Christina Perez
>> The Chateau Marmont hosted the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund West Coast runway show and tea yesterday afternoon — part of the competition for fund finalists (Joseph Altuzarra, Pamela Love, Prabal Gurung, Christian Cota, Moss Lipow, Gregory Parkinson, and Eddie Borgo among them); each finalist showed five Spring 2011 looks to an audience that included Rachel Zoe, Erin Wasson, Noot Seear, and Jenna Lyons.
Nerves were high for the designers, with a winner to be announced next month. “I have to tell myself to stop and enjoy the moment,” said Gurung. “But it was hard for us all not to tear up.” And Laura Love, Vogue West Coast editor Lisa Love's daughter, who was reportedly convinced to check out modeling by Anna Wintour and has since signed with Ford Models, walked the runway for Altuzarra.
>> The ten nominees for the 2010 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award have just been announced; the winner, who is awarded $200,000 and a yearlong mentorship, will be determined in November, as will two runners-up, who receive $50,000 each. For the last few years, the winner and runners-up have also worked with Gap as part of a limited-edition Gap Design Edition collaboration to help their labels more exposure.
Have you ever wondered what it would look like if a hippie chick and a gypsy girl raided each other's closets? Welcome to Gregory Parkinson's Spring 2008 collection: a hybrid of tie dye and ombre prints that a hippie craves meshed with the flowiness and ease a gypsy needs for her vagabond life.
Color was everywhere in this happy collection and it included vibrant yellows, oranges, reds, pinks, purples and greens. Silhouettes mostly consisted of dresses — loose tank dresses, long tiered and layered frocks, belted ones — and skirts.
Mixed prints were also present and reminiscent of Carrie Bradshaw's closet. Despite the ease and comfort of Gregory's clothes, each piece still carried an air of glam that every gal loves.
To see the rest of Gregory Parkinson's Spring 2008 collection, read more