Organic by John Patrick
February 15, 2009 New York
If Spring's girl had an Okie spirit, her Fall counterpart is a strong, modern twenty-first-century woman. There were scuba-inspired body-con minis and a sleeveless trenchdress made from a recycled polyester treated to look like beaver fur. If that sounds like a departure, it still felt "100 Percent Organic." The clothes had charm, and the focus remained centered on the company's ethical practices: the use of sustainable materials and the team of cottage-industry workers Patrick employs in Peru. Designers frequently offer clothing with no real relevancy to the world we inhabit. It's refreshing to see someone approach their work as part of a greater whole.