Porter Grey Spring 2012 Collection

Posted on September 09, 2011

We honestly had no idea what to expect for the Porter Grey presentation. We weren’t very familiar with the label, formed by sisters Kristen and Alexandra O’Neill, but once we got the press release, we were immediately intrigued:

Designers Kristen and Alexandra O’Neill’s grandparents moved into their Oyster Bay Cove home in 1950 and starting that May, hosted a garden party that would become an annual event.  The occasion came to be timed with the blooming of the azaleas and dogwood trees that form large white and fuchsia rounded islands throughout the back of the house. Two hundred people dressed in perfect garden party ensembles scattered throughout the lawn sipping champagne and southsides under the canopies of large seemingly ancient oak trees.”

Now that’s an inspiration that’s both endearing and a little fabulous. It’s a bit of a shame about the staging, which was kind of  harsh and robotic; as well as the styling, which made all the models look eerily alike in a Stepford kind of way. But we really loved the clothes; pretty, wearable pieces in beautiful shades of blue, cream, a little bit of coral, a lot of white, and the occasional pale yellow. It’s a girly collection with just a bit of chic sophistication to it and it does feel quite a bit like a more modern take on ’50s preppy clothes. Crisp and feminine at the same time, with some great floral prints, it all looks like an updated version of what Jackie wore to the Hamptons before she became a Kennedy. Love the cute little flat-heeled shoes. It doesn’t get much preppier than that.

 


Photo Credit: Dario Cantatore/Getty Images]

    • Judy_J

      Cute clothes.  Nice to see flat-heeled shoes return to the runway.

    • Anonymous

      Is there anything new here? Or does that conflict with preppiness?

    • Anonymous

      I think these are great and I really like those oxford-y shoes they’re showing, even if I would be more likely to wear a flat sandal.  Very stylish!

    • Anonymous

      Jeez Louise, guys. You are really rocking it out today. Thanks!

      Don’t let your hands cramp up before you finish the final collections, though.

      • Anonymous

        Also agree. I didn’t seen anything special here. 

        • Anonymous

          Whoops. This was supposed to be in reply to serenitynow02. Sorry about that. 

    • Anonymous

      Hmmm. Your description is better than the clothes. Happy to see the flats, though.

      • Anonymous

        Agree

      • Anonymous

        Agree

      • Anonymous

        Also agree. I liked the color scheme, but didn’t see anything special.

    • Anonymous

      Sweet, but I’m so bored. At least JCrew adds a little pop and sizzle to their styling. (Just Saying!)

    • Anonymous

      the asym skirt looks great in coral length but dumb in the blue.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=27432316 Ally Monge

        Really? I was thinking the exact opposite. I thought the asym looked odd in the coral, but lovely in the blue.

    • Anonymous

      the asym skirt looks great in coral length but dumb in the blue.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BA6BTBV4V3MQRX6K2HDEL7Y7TU MerridithK

      LOVE!  Except for the shorts.  Those high-waisted short-shorts are hideous. 

      • Anonymous

        I agree!  The shorts are fug and kind of diapery. 

        • Anonymous

          Agree. And they look shiny. Shiny diapery shorts with floral motifs. ew.

      • Anonymous

        I agree!  The shorts are fug and kind of diapery. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BA6BTBV4V3MQRX6K2HDEL7Y7TU MerridithK

      LOVE!  Except for the shorts.  Those high-waisted short-shorts are hideous. 

    • Anonymous

      Sweet, but I’m so bored. At least JCrew adds a little pop and sizzle to their styling. (Just Saying!)

    • Anonymous

      Not really feeling it. Maybe if I were 15yrs younger.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t care for the shorts and that skirt in the off-white or light gray with the slit up the front is unflattering. 

    • Anonymous

      I don’t care for the shorts and that skirt in the off-white or light gray with the slit up the front is unflattering. 

    • Anonymous

      Not feeling it either. I hate the shorts/rompers. Rompers are for three year olds. 

      • Anonymous

        I agree.  They are rather impractical for grown women.  All I can think about is sitting in a public restroom in my bra with my entire outfit around my ankles.  

        • Anonymous

          haa! I also don’t see “preppie” here. I live in an area with several world-class name-brand prep schools and three name-brand preppie colleges (including two Seven Sisters), and I can assure you that the students don’t dress like this, even the uber-fashionistas I see on our Main Street with their Merc and Range Rover driving parents up for a visit from Old Greenwich. Maybe they wear this stuff to the Club. I dunno. 
          Rompers do have a vintage pin-up girl pedigree and can be sexy as hell, but unless it’s the model here, I don’t feel it. 

          • http://www.tomandorenzo.com Tom and Lorenzo

            Well, “preppie” as a style descriptor doesn’t mean “clothes people wear in prep schools” anymore than “equestrian” means “clothes people wear when horse-riding” or “nautical” means “clothes worn by sailors.” It’s a set of style elements that arose out of a certain class and place and have been codified and modified over time.

            • Anonymous

              Good analogies and point taken. But I still don’t see how these are prep except for the button down shirts and androgynous  jackets and shoes (deck shoes and loafers). Are “boyfriend jackets” prep? Are men’s oxfords for women prep? (I didn’t think so). Can you point out the specifics? I’m genuinely interested in what I seem to be not getting about prep style. I’m going to Google Prep style and see what I find. 

      • http://twitter.com/wrenaria Kimmy Hescock

         Especially rompers with hips flaps. I kind of hate peplum in general anyway.

      • http://twitter.com/wrenaria Kimmy Hescock

         Especially rompers with hips flaps. I kind of hate peplum in general anyway.

    • Anonymous

      Not feeling it either. I hate the shorts/rompers. Rompers are for three year olds. 

    • Anonymous

      I hope that first outfit is for bed and not going out in public…

      • Anonymous

        That’s exactly what I thought!

    • http://twitter.com/ms_smartiepants Beth M.

      Huh. Feeling ambivalent on this one. Looks like upscaled Urban Outfitters to me.

    • http://twitter.com/shamrockjulie Just Say Julie

      I could see Blair Waldorf in every one of these outfits.

      • Anonymous

        Oh fine.  Now I have the “Facts of Life” theme song running through my head – oh wait that was Blair Warner.  Nevermind.

    • http://twitter.com/shamrockjulie Just Say Julie

      I could see Blair Waldorf in every one of these outfits.

    • Anonymous

      Some very cute peices here, overall I like.  Not love, but like.  Questiion: what’s with the obsession of the slack armed, dreary faced stance so many of these designers like for the models?  There is nothing appealing about it, the couple of shots where the models have a smile, hand on the hip, some expression, are way more effective.  I immediately look at those shots.

      • Anonymous

        I agree; with these shots it looks like there is no life in the collection. But I suspect these photos are for the benefit of the buyers at the show. 

        • Anonymous

          I can see the importance of having them posed in a way that doesn’t make it hard to tell exactly what’s going on with the clothing, but I can’t imagine facial expressions or slightly more natural stances would have been too much of a distraction. Catalogs manage to display clothing without making their models look like they are having full body mug shots.

    • Anonymous

      Love that first blouse so much, then 2nd faves are the two black dresses at the bottom. The rest of it is just okay.

    • Jessica Rowe

      That one long skirt with the slit up the middle should be burned.  That is attractive on no lady. And are those skirts or skorts?  Love the colours, but ugh.  The skort. Yuck.  Hate the asymmetrical hem too. Also, you would get a BI/YI from some of those shorts.  Last black racerback dress is nice. Don’t know how the other black dress fits in the collection.

    • MilaXX

      I was prepared to dislike this because preppy is just not something I am normally attracted to. Surprisingly with the exception of the beige jumpsuit with the peplum, I like it. The collection feels like a garden party.

    • Anonymous

      Not bad, but doesn’t really excite me.

    • Anonymous

      Hate the shiny rompers so much.

    • Anonymous

      Black dress with interesting back OK. The rest? Reminds me of stuff designed to go with Heidi’s Wear It With My Sneakers Challenge.   So no, I say MEH to the whole thing.

    • http://twitter.com/literaticat jennifer laughran

      ugh I think they all look schlubby. and smile girls, sheesh!
       

    • Anonymous

      If I were getting paid thousands of dollars to walk a runway during Fashion Week, I’d look this excited too.

    • Anonymous

      Hmm. I don’t really care for this collection. I like the colors, but the actual pieces seem a bit limp and underdesigned. Or maybe that’s the models…

    • Anonymous

      Nothing special there.

    • Anonymous

      most of us are not size sub-2 with a flat stomach – so those high-waisted shorts are a definite no-no. otherwise it’s a cute enough series.

    • Anonymous

      I think this is pretty boring.  And what’s with the high-waisted short-shorts?  That’s just not attractive, I don’t care how thin you are.  The skirts, too, don’t seem to have the proper proportions.  Meh.  The inspiration was beautiful, the clothes don’t even come close to living up to it.

    • http://profiles.google.com/dchockeyguy Trevor Burroughs

      that first picture scares me. are they shorts?  They look off.

    • Anonymous

      T-Lo – When will the shorts STOP? Isn’t it time?
      Other than that, they’re wearable, pretty, but no great shakes.
      Good color palette. I actually like the navies and greens (my favorite color).

      • Anonymous

        I have no issue with shorts as a whole, but the ones in this collection look like boxers. I’d wear them as PJ pants, but not out in public.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VA5XLSF3QRELSC3MUFSXLP4EIE rebecca

      It’s the new Tyler Wentworth line! Didn’t anyone catch this back in Feb at Toy Fair?

    • Anonymous

      Cute, preppy, safe.

      High-waisted shorts definitely reference the 50’s, though they would have been a more discrete length then.

    • Anonymous

      The colors are lovely for a spring/summer collection.  I like.

    • Alexandria Nichandros

      TLo if these are the women’s clothes you like, then Oprah be praised that ya’ll are men. 

    • Anonymous

      meh

    • Anonymous

      Well hmmm….intriguing because I too knew nothing about these designers. However, though there is some innovation there, I gotta’ admit, not enough. And I also have to admit that I just don’t like it. I should. I like Michael Kors and more structured stuff like current Calvin Klein. But I don’t like this. It’s just rather dull.

    • http://twitter.com/sillytwigg twigg

      I can see chloe sevigny wearing a lot of these looks

    • http://twitter.com/sillytwigg twigg

      I can see chloe sevigny wearing a lot of these looks

    • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

      it certainly is preppy.
      then again, i hated preppy the first time around.

    • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

      The shorts look like pajamas.

    • Anonymous

      Those clothes are way too K-Mart. Maybe the materials are really nice, so there’s that. But they just look really, really bland.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Erica-Moon/1463257262 Erica Moon

      Feels really underdesigned to me…and shorts or so short that they can only be worn by about .5% of females.  It all seems rather lifeless and limp.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=27432316 Ally Monge

      I love the shoes and the light blue skirt with the tan top…. but that is about it. Not loving that floral at all.

    • Anonymous

      Ugh. 

    • Anonymous

      Meh.  Yawn.

    • http://www.facebook.com/suzie.vazquez Suzie Vazquez

      That is not at all what I expected from their release. And not at all what I expected when i read 50s preppy. Underwhelmed, sadly.

    • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

      Some nice looks here. HATE the floral shorts with a passion.  And the 3/4 length skirts look awkward with the flat shoes. But perhaps that’s the photography talking.

    • Anonymous

      I am filled with yuck.

    • Anonymous

      I very much agree with the updated prep assessment. It’s very Vampire Weekend.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vienna-Marriott/100001636120960 Vienna Marriott

      These are boring H&M clothes, not runway clothes.  Bla.  Next.

    • http://www.facebook.com/rachel.council Rachel Council

      I like a few colors here and a few silhouettes there, but overall it’s a little plain. I am so sick of the ugly high waisted shorts everywhere. THEY ARE THE DEVIL’S SHORTS. 

    • Anonymous

      Hmm. I love a retro vibe as much as the next girl, but I gotta say: these clothes just look sort of dumpy and dreary. Putting them on would make me sad.

    • Anonymous

      Boring and unflattering