Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York Spring ’12. Get Away With Porter Grey

September 8, 2011 • Fashion Blog

Summary: When viewing the Porter Grey SS ’12 Collection I first noticed it offers clean, light and wearable separates and dresses. My second response was to want to throw these pieces into a bag and bring them to a vacation by the shore, complete with a little black dress to wear to dinner. But then I could also wear them back in the city. I had the opportunity to meet the sisters behind the line Alexandra “Ali” and Kristen O’Neil to find out more about their line and their inspiration for spring 2012. The two young and energetic sisters are very close and practically finished each others’ sentences. Ali, who started sewing as a child, is the designer of the two with the close collaboration of Kristen. This collection was based on fond memories from their childhood and the floral chintz sheets they slept on at Oyster Bay. They told me the 50s and 60s vintage inspiration is from their grandparents garden parties. I have to say that all these happy memories brought together a very pleasing collection. I told them I really like the clean styling and how the pieces are fitted, yet simple. Kristin said “We want our pieces to be easy to understand and easy to wear. You just put them on and you don’t have to think about it.”  Their Spring Summer 2012 collection makes me want to do just that.

Colors: oyster, white, hydrangea, nude, geranium, navy, black, buttercup, yellow pansy print, navy pansy print, oyster bouquet print,

Fabrics and Textures: silk crepe, cotton poplin, perforated leather, silk/cotton, denim, chiffon, shirring, pleats, and cut-outs

Key Looks: Oyster silk crepe mandarin collar blouse with beaded mini skirt; White silk crepe tank with oyster silk crepe midi skirt with front slit; Hydrangea perforated leather cocoon dress; Navy silk crepe tank with navy silk/cotton bouquet trouser

Kristen (left) and Alexandra O'Neil at the Porter Grey SS 12 Presentation

—Carol Calacci

Photos: NYmag, Second City Style


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