There are times when a designer's inspiration can derail a collection. After reading Jackie Fraser-Swan's inspiration for her Spring/Summer 2013 line, called Emerson, there were hints that things may go horribly wrong. In her description, the local designer wrote that the show was inspired by 1970s horror movies such as "Carrie" and "The Amityville Horror," as well as more modern offerings such as "American Horror Story." Cue the models wearing "Walking Dead" makeup.
But Fraser-Swan's show only made sublte nods to these references. A patterned dress with a red print alluded to tiny sprays of splattered blood, but not obviously so. Abstract prints on dresses with pleated silk skirts could have been tissue samples sandwiched between glass plates and examined under a microscope, or not. Regardless of inspiration, Fraser Swan is quickly growing her line, introducing a line of handbags and joining with a shoe designer to create large wedges to match the dresses. Her varsity jacket paired with a two-tier camisole dress will go far to win over younger customers, even those uninterested in horror movies.