Grey Ant Spring 2008 Collection - A Fantasy Future

According to Fashion Week Daily, the inspiration for Grant Grajecki’s Spring 2008 Grey Ant line was “a fantasy future set in Seattle, kind of like the movie The Neverending Story, with a little erotic Bob Fosse technique.” Grajecki’s roots, getting his start as a costume designer for porn films and the Ice Capades in Los Angeles, before debuting Grey Ant in 1998, might explain his knack for fantasy. However, after a decade in the high fashion world, what began as a “campy” eighties label, suited only for the youth of Rodeo Drive, has become known for its comfy and sexy versatility.

Grey Ant grabbed eyes with seductive office wear, and sixty-year old models. True generational fashion

The second night of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, held at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, was abuzz with fans and friends of Gray Ant. The line was one of the few this season which featured models as diverse as the runway audience. Hoots and hollers from the crowd followed 58 year old Danish beauty, Pia Gronning, who looked absolutely stunning in a navy poncho matched with hip, sequined holey jeans. The show also featured pieces for plus-sized women, pairing a flowing black tunic with hot red pants, to the gasps and cheers of a crowd ready for something different this spring.

Rock star jewelry and high waisted shorts, two trends across the board during LA fashion week

Grajecki’s signature high waist dominated the collections’ bottoms, topping trousers, shorts and jeans, balanced by brassiere-like fitted tank tops to show off a bit of tummy. Heather gray sweatshirt material, cotton from Nepal, and tie–dye silkscreened fabrics in a palette of grays and beiges yielded a hippy meets the future vibe. Divine’s face screamed out of a leotard, unveiled by a large black trench coat, as well as gracing the front of an over-sized men’s v-neck tee. In contrast to many of the spring designers’ bright and colorful solids, Grey Ant perceived the coming year in drab burgundy, navy blue and hunter green offset by baby blue highlights. Oversized kerchiefs further emphasized the hippy.

Bright yellow and red tie-dye patterns added some color to the otherwise drab show

However, not all of the fashion fit the stereotypical dull northwest shades. Cherry red, yellow and lavender brightened up the runway on a few occasions. Short, loose spaghetti string spring jumpers in pale hues, tees to the knees in bold gold tie-dye prints, and a blood red print pink jersey t-shirt dress, reminiscent of the Rorsach ink blot, were just a few of the stand out, richly colored pieces.

Comfy, formless, ready-to-wear outfits, ideal for sexy slouching, harmonized with structured silhouettes on the runway, as the spring collection was divided into casual and professional looks. One smart piece, a blouse matched with high beige trousers, featured embroidered sheer fabric with an unconventional, long, draped collar, suitable for the office.  Light, thin material also featured in some futuristic jumpsuits. One, a silvery grey, collarless men's short-sleeved suit, perfect in material and cut for warm weather, countered a long-sleeved, black, track pants version.

Gray pantsuits for men in light fabrics and slimming geometrical patterns for men herald spring 2008

The show also featured a few inspired accessories, accompanying the spring line.  In a look which is sure to be in high demand come spring weather, platform Tevas crafted by Grajecki’s boyfriend, who he described as a “modeling agent by day, cobbler by night,” according to The models sported other fun accessories, such as rock star necklaces, large silver pendants or beads on long chains. In accord with rock star glam, long, shaggy locks and cartoonishly big, translucent Wayburn sunglasses launched this season.

Grey Ant’s Spring 2008 line, a collection once limited to West Coast chic, has certainly matured in ten years, from eighties panache to futuristic flair. Capturing the imagination, the label presented a fun, unique style and set the tone for an unique Northwest spring style.

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