Marcia Patmos has been busy planning her October wedding and opted out of a presentation this season. At an appointment in her Meatpacking District studio, the designer said her new M.Patmos
collection was inspired by the Bauhaus school of design, which merged art and manufacturing in Germany during the 1920s. "I wondered what the groovy girls in the Bauhaus building were wearing at the time," she mused. Color-blocked cashmere crewnecks and tank dresses with a scubalike stretch loosely channeled the influence. Knits have always been Patmos' signature, and this season, she played with a variety of open weaves and pointelle stitches (she compared the perforated result to the children's toy Lite-Brite). Noteworthy pieces included a marled sweater with a floating, embellished collar and a two-for-one, short-sleeve cardigan with an attached polo top. But Patmos has also considerably expanded her non-knit offerings since starting the line. Two of the best looks here were a swingy, tropical wool jacket that Patmos described as a "cross between a windbreaker and a blazer" and a metallic pencil skirt cut from "space age burlap."