If you can't be at fashion week in person and have to rely on photos to preview a collection, sometimes a lookbook or a presentation beats the runway. Designers can use a set to create a mood and convey the spirit of the collection sometimes in ways that are not possible on the catwalk - even if it's a crude backstage area and your only props are a smoke machine, a wooden stool and a lighted make-up mirror. It's almost as if these photos were taken before a runway show that never happened.
However it all came about, Gary Graham used what he had available to tell a romantic story through his collection of Victorian-influenced dresses and Barfly Bukowski suits as Graham described them (a must-see film). He loosed up on the defining details such as petticoats and corsets to create a more relaxed look than the straight-up Victorian costume he referenced.
I'm in love. Are you?