Painter turned fashion designer, George McCracken brings a level of artistry both in concept and execution to the sartorial realm as he posits an interesting and slightly avant-garde Modernist concept of medium specificity as a guiding principle for his creations.
As George McCracken made its New York Fashion Week debut this past Monday at John Conelly Presents Contemporary Art Gallery in Chelsea, the fashion industry’s support pillars of fashion editors and tastemakers came out to support McCracken’s presentation. The display itself was an interesting format, with an almost performance art-like execution as models stand atop individual crate platforms, rotating every two minutes to an ambient soundtrack of drone sounds composed by Chris Keating from the Yeasayer. The Fall/Winter 2010 collection epitomizes McCracken’s design direction, with a strong focus on fundamentals of construction, cut and material. Sure the designer’s creative concept might sound avant-garde in nature, but his clothes are extremely wearable and timeless for every man.
Layering is a key focus for the collection as simple button downs are never worn alone but paired with soft and fitted v-neck sweaters, or layered under finely tailored blazers. The looks for this collection is quite varied in terms of both function and style, but all remain essential staples men can wear with a measured youthful elegance. Resin coated wool parka lined with cozy shearling goes a long way in terms of both style and utility for the classic American man who loves a good outdoor hike. Knit sweaters have elongated sleeves and voluminous turtle neck collars that takes the traditional knitwear on a contemporary spin. Fingerless knit gloves, hooded camel pea coats and a series or earth-toned pants seems to play sartorial homage to the American casuals. The wonderful part and twist lies in that these weekend items are cut slimmer (without being constricting) for a contemporary and modern vibe. The denim are quite fitted width wise, but they seem to be cut longer and are given a vertically scrunched, weekend look.
Taking things off the weekends and into the office, tripe-button double breasted flay front jacket can be worn with the classic grey suit sculpted to fit for simple, clean cut power dressing. The pieces are constructed almost entirely by the best and most specialized workshops in New York City in support of local manufacturers, with fabrics and materials sourced from Europe and Japan.
All in all, the Fall/Winter 2010 collection from George McCracken plays a game of unique subtlety that are understated and unexaggerated, but unique as they are cut slim with architectural precision. McCracken’s collection has proved to be pitch-perfect investment pieces that will go a long way with uncompromising quality that will transgress and outlast seasons and age.