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                                                                  Fall 2012

                                                                  Gregory Parkinson Fall 2012

                                                                  WORDS - LAUREN RUSSO, PHOTOS - DANIELLE KARAGANNIS

                                                                  Gregory Parkinson presented his Fall/Winter 2012 collection in the basement of newly opened bistro Alison 18. The space’s simple, sophisticated decor and intimate atmosphere proved to be an ideal backdrop for Parkinson’s intricately designed clothing. The L.A.-based designer utilized a variety of opulent fabrics, textures, and colors to communicate a heightened sense of drama and feminine sensibility.

                                                                  Wavy hair, smoky eyes, and dark lips added to the air of moody romance in looks characterized by the presence of lace overlays, foil printed embroidery, delicate floral prints, and sequined combat belts. Strong looks include a teal sequined jacket paired with olive green velvet trousers complete with floral cutouts and a berry-hued lace shell (accented by black cap sleeves), belted over a champagne-colored cut velvet and lace skirt. Even the Manolo Blahnik for Gregory Parkinson heels added to the luxe texture of the ensembles: ranging in hue from orange to teal to purple, they gave the semblance of candy-colored crochet work on the models’ feet.

                                                                  Parkinson manages to incorporate all of these competing elements without making his collection seem overwrought. A tribute to his burgeoning talent and rising star, the pieces in his Fall-Winter collection can either be worn as complete, show stopping looks or as separates to inject a sense of sophisticated edge to any chic wardrobe.