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Maria Grachvogel Fall 2012 Runway Review

In the lush ballroom of the Savoy hotel, Maria Grachvogel showed another of her well-received, if not a bit boring, collections. Somewhat underrated as a designer, Grachvogel always impresses with her artwork prints and well-cut trousers. Last year the designer opened her first London store, with a thirties theme, and this collection showed similar inspiration. Shoulders and arms were her highlighted features of choice, and there was nary a chinched waist in sight.

This season's collaboration with Erickson Beamon was remarkable, with bold earings and cross body necklaces on the designer's draped wares. With the exception of a gold lame jumpsuit, which would be a bold red carpet choice for any star, the collection was filled with easy, wearable looks for a slightly older woman. Noteworthy looks included a string of dresses in her exclusive prints but the designer went wrong with her muted leopard, seen on pants and skirts alike. Overall, an unsurprising showing from the designer. Perhaps if she focused more on her prints and shapes she would create a lot more industry buzz.