John Patrick layered together the many light-as-air pieces in Organic's Spring 2013 collection to create a series of natural and easy-to-wear looks. Soft-shouldered jackets, button-downs, and sleeveless tops drifted over short skirts or wide-legged trousers effortlessly. Part of the ease comes from a subdued color palette of white, black, cream, brown, and navy blue, but the rest owes to Patrick's soft tailoring and focus on the body. This collection's long, sheer t-shirts and skirts in navy linen strike that chord perfectly.
>> "Certain things can make you really happy — a good vanilla cupcake is one. A fun pair of jeans rolled up to the knee is another," John Patrick says. To spread that happiness, the designer has collaborated with Raleigh Denim on some terrific-looking raw jeans — made from recycled and sustainable fabrics, of course — to go along with the season's offering of hand-loomed knits, slouchy leather duffel coats, and wallpaper-floral frocks. Certain things, indeed.
>> "An ode to the explorer" is how John Patrick described his khaki-filled Spring 2012 collection, which featured a mullet-hemmed olive "parachuter" dress, and olive drawstring pants, also in parachute fabric. But at the same time, Patrick noted, the goal was to go "very classic" because he's "trend-averse" — hence key pieces like a classic white button-down or a wide-leg, to-the-floor-long pant, added to the offering. Patrick also introduced his inaugural set of handbags — rucksacks from recycled Japanese nylon; cross-body satchels and pouches from vegetable-tanned leather; and an oversized silk tote — the SLC, named for the show's stylist Stephanie LaCava — cut from necktie fabric. That same printed fabric also shows up on a bevy of shorts: in red, gold, and olive.
>> It's a sunny day like today that makes us want to enjoy the more natural elements in life. And our picks for the week reflect just that: a simple slinky camisole dress by the eco-friendly Organic by John Patrick, espadrille flatforms by Tory Burch — we love the cute lace-up detail — a straw hat and bag . . . along with a cool multi-strand shell bracelet by Iosselliani. All while enjoying a yummy self-concocted salad, of course.
Left to right: For the Love of Salad Recipe Book ($20), Albertus Swanepoel Pierre Fedora ($415), Iosselliani Multi Strand Bracelet With Shell ($335), Organic by John Patrick Cami Dress ($410), Tory Burch Espadrille Sandals ($175), ASOS Boxy Straw Clutch ($36)
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My fashion week started off with a (freezing) bang with the Organic by John Patrick presentation. I walked in and immediately noticed the models rocking what seemed to be an homage to Laura Ingalls' character on Little House on the Prairie in their long, floral-printed chiffon dresses — so Kristen McMenamy early '90s grunge. The rest of the looks had a very laid-back vibe with a hint of prep school — seriously similar to the staffer style here at Lucky.
There were crisp oxfords, buttoned "librarian style" (i.e., all the way up), under heavy, cropped sweaters, high-waisted shorts and textured knit thigh-high tights. The footwear was all provided by Hunter, and what a departure from the rubber boots that I have seen all too much of this wet winter. There were cropped ankle booties with a modest heel and tall lace-up boots that were very wellie-meets-Victoriana and, dare I say, sexy enough to be worn even on a sunny day. Overall, the collection was wearable, stylish and eco-friendly. What's not to love?
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>> The Organic girl continues to grow up as John Patrick's collection matures, and this season, he says, “She’s a modern-day vagabond. She’s young but sophisticated, and wants an older, more romantic experience of dressing.”
True to the collection's name and conscious sensibility, there were coats of vegetable dyed wool, jackets from recycled cashmere, and trenches from recycled cotton or recycled PET bottles alongside the pretty floral dresses. Amanda Henderson, a knitwear consultant and recent FIT graduate, handknitted the cozy and covetable wool sweaters — in both cropped and knee lengths — with “needles the size of broomsticks.” And show stylist Lauren Goodman topped off the looks with lace-up, heeled Hunter welly boots — "[It's a] nice marriage between the brands — elegance for everyday life," she noted — and masai belts by Jack Spade.
As designers are wont to do, Patrick is already thinking of his next collection: "I'm considering now what my next move is, whether it's a beauty product, shoe, or intimate apparel."
>> Organic's John Patrick Scores Television Show —Sustainable fashion pioneer John Patrick has just been greenlit for a show on Discovery's Planet Green channel, documenting the creation of his Organic line from his studio in Albany to production in Manhattan to his New York Fashion Week presentation. The show, titled The John Patrick Show, is expected to air early next year. “I see this project as becoming part of the organic heritage of the twenty-first century,” Patrick says. “It’s an amazing way to document and assist the entire movement forward for the next generation. We’ve made tremendous strides, and this project represents an investment in carrying the message about intelligent and conscious design.” Patrick isn't the first fashion insider to appear on a Planet Green show — Angela Lindvall paved the way a couple of years ago. [Vogue.com]
>> A bubbly John Patrick zipped around among the crowd gathered in the unlikely presentation space of Keens Steakhouse restaurant — complete with bar at 11 am (not many partook) — chatting up friends, press, and his star mannequin, Shalom Harlow, who was posed away from the group in a mannish tightly-tailored suit and bowtie. His energy alone increased the enthusiasm for his speakeasy-inspired Organic collection's faded floral shirtdresses, cropped pants, and easy separates. And for all you model-watchers: newly-minted Steven Meisel favorite Lindsay Wixson was there.
>> New York Fashion Week is a little more than a week away, and the tidbits are flowing freely — a compilation of the highlights from the past few days:
- Marchesa is launching its first accessories — 28 clutches and evening bags (above); They will retail $995 to $5,000 and are made to coordinate with the mainline dresses. [WWD]