Organic by John Patrick, touted as one of the original sustainable fashion brands, held a beautiful runway show yesterday morning in Chelsea. The designer went with an all-white setting, from the walls to the seats, the room set aglow by bright sunlight filtering in through white curtains. Models hit the runway with loose, natural hair and very light, neutral makeup by Shiseido. Voluminous wool skirts followed loose pants and flirty dresses in a soft, stunning color palette of whites, blues, and camel. Being your typical black-on-black New Yorker, I surprised myself by actually liking the few black looks the least - something about the muted tones and pastels struck me as very current and refreshing. The rich navy of looks like a structured dress and tailored shorts balanced out the sweetness of their fair-color counterparts. Strong, dramatic shapes were softened by their subdued colors, while clean lines and classic structures were kept of-the-moment by being presented in unusual shades.
The collection played with draping and layers, the sexiness of bras and shorts peeking out from beneath sheer tops and skirts was set against classic camisole-and-cardigan combos. Patrick chose richly textured eco-friendly fabrics such as wool, silk, and cotton comprised mostly of organic and recycled material. No heels were present as the models filed out in flat sandals, an unusual and risky move that payed off. The experienced models booked for the show glided so gracefully I barely noticed the footwear at all; the girls in simple, flat shoes kept the focus on the garments. John Patrick’s SS ’14 collection was romantic and wearable, an ode to great taste in really excellent colors (did I mentioned that I loved the color palette?). Patrick’s designs are greatly inspired by his global travels, and his aesthetic perfectly matches that of a chic, jet-set female counterpart.
Nu-Mode´ Coverage Alexandra Stevens
Photography Alessandro Lucioni