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George McCracken at NY Fashion Week F/W10

A woman in a menswear show: intriguing…

For his intimate presentation at John Connelly Presents, designer George McCracken enlisted one lovely lady to join the boys in modeling his fall looks. First appearing in a captivating camel jumpsuit and later in a deep charcoal suit, the odd woman out looked absolutely smashing in her dapper drag.

“I always love a tailored piece on a woman. I think it looks amazing if it’s done right,” said McCracken, whose show featured a stand-up selection of classically American menswear that—executed in candy apple red, heather gray and a range of earthy browns—was at once traditional and modern. Wearing cozy cashmere jumpers, smartly tailored wool overcoats and rustic yet refined trousers, the models stood motionless atop wooden boxes at the back of the room. As ambient Gregorian chants composed by the Yeasayer’s Chris Keating reverberated, they solemnly rotated every two minutes to reveal another subtly paned blazer or ribbed turtleneck.

“It’s all based on textures,” revealed the designer when questioned about his theme behind his collection. “This season, they were really classic, but with some kind of twist. For example, the wool flannel has a resin coating and the cottons are blended with metal or paper.” And while the designer describes his impeccable clothes as “very masculine,” he certainly proved that a well-made garment can flatter both the sexes.

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Images courtesy of D. Austin

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