June 04, 2013 New York
Season after season, Marcia Patmos hits the mark with her subtly sensual, sophisticated knitwear. At a preview of her M.Patmos Resort collection, she pulled up a recent photograph of her grinning niece, who was sporting braces with highlighter-yellow and aqua bands. Those hues provided a pop of color on an eco-friendly merino pullover with a peplum waist and a slit-front pencil skirt in a stretchy scuba material. Patmos was also inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat's painting, Untitled (Two Heads on Gold), which influenced the palette of rusty earth tones and neutrals. In addition to her signature sweaters (highlights included gauzy cardigans and a graphic cashmere crewneck with mesh intarsia details), the outerwear here was particularly strong. A gray wool moto jacket and longer coat cut from sateen-bonded Melton with a detachable lapel are the kinds of updated essentials customers are looking for in November and December, when these clothes hit stores. Clean separates like a convertible mini-skort, easy shirtdress, and maxi skirt with a transparent hemline—all done in a sturdy, clinical white Japanese poplin—were among the other standouts.
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