Marcia Patmos just got back from a whirlwind business trip to Shanghai. At a pre-fall appointment in her Meatpacking District showroom, she recounted the peculiar delicacies that she enjoyed at a traditional Chinese wedding, including turtle soup and shark's stomach. Adventurous palate, adventurous designer? Patmos is never reluctant to try out cutting-edge techniques when it comes to her signature knitwear. For example, she's become known for her "no waste" pullovers produced at a high-tech factory in Japan.

It's those little details that keep M.Patmos customers coming back for more. Up close, you'll notice some of the viscose pieces can incorporate five different kinds of intricate stitches, while a brushstroke-print sweater with a hidden zip at the side could be worn either slouchy, as a tunic over skinny jeans, or zipped up and cinched in as a slinky minidress, as it was styled for the lookbook. Patmos also whipped up a sturdy crocheted cardigan handcrafted by artisans in Bolivia, which she described as her take on the punky motorcycle jacket—proof that sweaters can be edgier than your run-of-the-mill cashmere twinset.