September 05, 2012
Well, that was refreshing. John Patrick got a head start on fashion week this morning, showing a palate cleanser of a collection for his brand, Organic. After several seasons of frenetic print pretty much owning the runways, Patrick's pared-down neutrals looked new; in particular, his tonal whites. Those whites came in a Farrow & Ball–worthy range of infinitesimally differentiated shades, and Patrick further distinguished them via texture, working with clinical coated cottons, sheer point d'esprit, rumpled soft suiting linens, and a particularly fine group of crisp and lovely guipure laces. Elsewhere, standouts included wide-leg linen or dense cotton-jersey trousers in navy, and a terrifically chic A-line minidress in black linen with a provocative slit down its collar. Perhaps Patrick's smartest idea here was his play on casual suiting, pairing those wide-leg trousers, for instance, with an almost-matching sweatshirt in bonded cotton. All in all, this was a strong and focused collection, with lots of appealing, wearable clothes.