Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Spotlight On: John Patrick Organic

After dashing about New York Fashion Week, I've had some time to consider many of the collections I personally saw and also those of which I missed but have had the chance to view, thank you online social media-savvy fashionistas and designers! Thank you, Iphones and Ipads! Thank you, real-time!

One of my favorites (of which I touched on in the post "Pencils and Needles-NYFW") still, had to be one of the first shows of the busy week, which was John Patrick Organic. Sure, another fabulous fashion line, darling, but even better than that? You can actually wear it. Yes, it's wearable! Gasp! And what else? You guessed it, detectives. It's organic. We can all get super into that.

Literally.



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Channeling the well-dressed and free loving sixties, John Patrick’s A/W 2013 collection started strongly and quietly with neutral chunky knit sweaters and slouchy teddy-bear knit jackets juxtaposed with shorts, followed by crop-tops and calf-length A-line skirts, and finished with a blazing hot pink nylon mini shift-dress. This build-up reflected the balance in John Patrick’s latest creations, which seem to represent the quintessential downtown girl but one with a more graduated perspective on herself and the world around her, consciousness of even the clothes she hangs in her closet.
 
 

A simple ring of dark eyeliner, almost as if still lingering from last night’s city-roaming escapades, served as the only visible or distinctive application of makeup, and the hair was left down. Again, this reflected the uncomplicated but well-executed buildup that placed emphasis on the quality of the garments themselves.

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John Patrick's layered neutrals and chunky knits with the balance of short and long, wide and slim dominated the beginning of the show. 


Tans, blacks, grays, and a touch of a burnt orange tone, dominated the collection with the exception of the last five looks, when that shade of screaming pink popped in for the show’s dramatic finale.


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The final look for John Patrick Organic, which erupted into rounds of applause and a standing ovation. This look was also my favorite.
In short, in the modern white penthouse space in which John Patrick showed his latest collection, clothes were the vision, the mission, and the statement. Within the perfect fall of the fabric on the chic outerwear to the sharp cuts of his now-famous slipdresses, John Patrick understands that in opposing forces, one can achieve balance, and because of this, he cements himself as a luxury designer who has just what it takes to remain not just cool but relevant.
 
 

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Courtesy of WWD.com

 These were two of my favorite looks from the show (the right takes the cake, though), and although these looks represent the autumn/winter collection for 2013/2014, I definitely will be taking a cue and incorporating notes into my spring wardrobe.
 
Short hemline with an above-the-waist layered look? Enchanting.
Show off the legs while keeping warm up-top during those brisk sunset walks during the spring and fall.
 
And... That pink! And...in a nylon long-sleeve shift dress? Divinity, darling.
I believe that color in that particular style could shift through all seasons, in fact. Now, that's a piece worth splurging on. I'm on board with it.
 
I covered John Patrick Organic on behalf of StyleDefinedNYC, but if you're interested, you can catch up on EVERYTHING DESIGNER you missed during New York Fashion Week...
 
well, in our opinion anyway.
 
Feel free to applaud and concur or to shake your head in disagreement with my reactions to New York Fashion Week. I invite you to have a reaction of any kind. The most major fashion fail, though, is not having an opinion at all.
 
Don't you think?
 
 
SHOP AND BOP:
 
Firstly, check out www.organicbyjohnpatrick.com if you wish to view more of his collections and shop directly.
 
And, as always, you can also click HERE to wander through the many options by John Patrick offered by an array of online shopping outlets, although Barneys.com seems to carry the largest selection.
 
 
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