Organic by John Patrick
June 06, 2011 New York
Patrick is far from the only designer thinking about marinière stripes and boating chic. The wild card in the mix was the skating influence, and his girls did wear baggy, boyfriend-style jeans, short sleeves over long, and printed ringer tees (the label's first, worn inside-out) like you'd see at the skate park. It's that whatever's-clever freedom to dress just as you please that really got the designer thinking. Take a bikini top, screened with a coral print by Matthew Nelson. His girl isn't into "match-y," so Patrick didn't even bother to make a bottom. She'd throw it on under a long tank dress.
There were flights of fancy—a few neoprene pieces in particular—but the JPO buy-a-bunch standards kept the collection grounded. Season in and season out, Patrick will always offer, in one form or another, elongated white cotton shirting, layering wovens (here, striped with leather elbow patches), slouchy asymmetrical "sweater tail" knits. The beauty of it is, you can wear them to the skate park, the upper deck, the teashop—wherever and however you want.