Interpretation is a funny thing. Most moviegoers wouldn't watch the Antonioni movie L'Avventura
and come out saying that "optimism" was a prevailing theme. But Organic
designer John Patrick isn't the kind of guy to design a collection about anomie, and the wardrobe in L'Avventura
looked fantastic when he saw it again, and so…voilà
. Patrick views the world through pep-colored glasses. There was a nice sensuality to the clothes he showed today—a flow to the cuts and a worn-in crinkle to the materials—and a dreaminess to the collection's palette, which emphasized soft blues and blush pinks. Patrick struck a nice tone. If the full skirts and peasant tops may have been a bit much for the Organic customer, they were well done; meanwhile, his voluminous trousers were top-notch. With those pants especially, Patrick did a very good job of adapting a vintage sense of scale into clothing that looked distinctly modern. That's the kind of effort that makes you optimistic.