This group presentation featured emerging designers Craig Green, Alan Taylor, and Bobby Abley, whose collections were bold and experimental, to put it mildly. Walking the line between installation and clothing, Green paired his signature cardboard box sculptures with hand-painted clothing that was part Jackson Pollock on acid, part Emo, a Goth sub-culture.
Taylor’s collection included Donegal tweed or gray linen suits with cropped trousers, the latter of which were hand painted in the manner of Francis Bacon. Most fun though was Abley, whose medieval-inspired collection showcased trompe l’oeil wicker basket and fleur de lis prints and a luxe mohair tracksuit. “It’s a tongue in cheek version of the Sword in the Stone,” he said. His kitch “Abley bear” motif ran throughout the collection, as in a coat of arms emblazoned on T-shirts with organza overlays.