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.
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