February 08, 2012 New York
Color and texture gave the lineup a shot of energy. Nubby checkerboard jacquard trousers and bright orange and pink looks ("they go together like black and white," she said) were inspired by portraits of American Indian matriarchs from the early 1900's found in Edward Curtis' book The Women. "These ladies came across as so modern, with their graphic plaid trading blankets and wooden jewelry." Patmos worked with Tenthousandthings to re-create similar statement necklaces and tusk earrings from reclaimed wooden beams found in an old Brooklyn warehouse. She also continued a collaboration with Manolo Blahnik on vegetable-tanned leather shoes, which drove home her sustainable, stylish message.