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Public School and M.Patmos Win the International Woolmark Prize USA Regional Finals

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Maxwell Osborne, Dao-Yi Chow

Following its 2014 CFDA victory, it was perhaps no surprise that fledgling brand Public School, helmed by Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow, were selected as the regional finalists for the inaugural International Woolmark Prize for menswear. As soon as editors and insiders walked into Milk Studios’ penthouse last night, where the regional womenswear winner, M.Patmos, was also announced, it was easy to see which 100 percent merino wool ensemble the duo had turned out for the competition. Their gray high-necked hoodie and shorts look, crafted from boiled, felted wool and trimmed with bonded rubber, was the epitome of the brand’s street-meets-luxury menswear aesthetic. “We were up to our ears in wool!” laughed Chow when asked about creating the outfit. “We wanted to base it on the idea that wool is really the oldest fiber used by humans. We wanted to make something that was timeless and that could be worn in this lost civilization that was between ancient times and a postapocalyptic world.” Menswear judge Alexander Wang (a “formidable debate partner,” according to fellow judge and presenter David Granger, the editor in chief of Esquire) told us that he was looking for someone who had a “unique point of view. [The designers had to] fully understand who [they're] speaking to, what [their] brand is about, and where [they] want to take it.” No doubt, Public School ticked all the boxes. Osborne and Chow will now go on to design a six-piece wool collection, which will be presented when they compete against finalists from Europe, Asia, Australia, and India and the Middle East in London in January of next year. And they feel confident about their chances for taking the $95,000 final prize. “I think we’re cool because we’ve really thought out the six looks,” said Chow. “It’s going to be really sick if we can develop it in the way we conceptualized it.”

M.PatmosThe womenswear winner, who along with the menswear champions took home $47,000, was less of a sure thing—and the competition, which included Rosie Assoulin, Jonathan Simkhai, Nonoo, and Whit, was stiff. But given M.Patmos designer Marcia Patmos’ experience with knits (she used to design them for Lutz & Patmos), firm understanding of her customer, and standout wool getup, this award was, in retrospect, hers to lose. “I was thinking about a woman who was traveling, and she’s possibly going to lose her luggage,” Patmos told us. “She’s going to many countries in different climates, and what she’s wearing has to get her through all situations,” she added of her look, which featured seamless knitting, double-faced tailoring, a vegetable dye painting technique, and hand-knitting. The end result comprised a crisp cream-and-tan overcoat, ribbed stirrup leggings, cropped gray trousers, and a simple sweater dress. Indeed, Patmos’ model looked as though she was ready for anything.

Patmos is more excited than nervous about the 2015 finals in Beijing. And the designer revealed that she’ll be collaborating with artist Ryan McGinness on her upcoming Spring ’15 collection. “We’re doing something really good!” she beamed. We’re looking forward to it.

Photos: BFAnyc.com

Sustainable Design Gets A New Home

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Steven Kolb was at breakfast this morning at the place he called “the best store in the city”: ABC Carpet and Home. As of now, the furniture and housewares landmark will offer a curated selection of sustainable pieces by CFDA designers, including those who have won the annual CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge, which awards $25,000 prizes to selected designers whose businesses are at least 30 percent sustainable. “Fashion is about change, and these designers are at the forefront of this idea that eco-fashion doesn’t have to be branded independently,” Kolb said today, toasting the 2011 and 2012 winners: Marcia Patmos, John Bartlett, Johnson Hartig of Libertine, Pamela Love, Melissa Joy Manning, and Victoria Bartlett of VPL. Their collections were on display alongside those of Diane von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, and Loomstate’s Rogan Gregory and Scott Mackinlay Hahn.

Sustainability tends to flow in and out of the fashion conversation—”People don’t realize that we manufacture in New York City with stones that are sourced ethically, because it’s not really part of our branding,” Love said, “but I started my jewelry line in my house in Brooklyn because I didn’t realize there was any other way to do things”—but the CFDA is hoping to bring it to the fore. For that, Patmos said, “The shop is really great because it makes the whole thing tangible.” She was so excited at winning the award, she added, that she’d wanted to jump up and down. “But I was at my desk when Steven called me with the news, so I had to contain myself.”

Photo: Warwick Brown

Marcia Patmos’ Postcard From Shanghai

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New York-based designer Marcia Patmos’ M.Patmos collection is partially made in China, and the designer regularly visits to check on production. In between factory visits on a recent trip to Shanghai, she found a little time to check out the sights, sounds, and one none-too-Western taste of the country. Patmos (pictured, below) sent back a few snaps from her travels, below.

“While visiting one of my factories, I was invited by the owner to attend a Chinese wedding, which is very different than those in the States. Everything was red, except for the bride’s gown. The tabletops, napkins, carpets, ceilings, walls, plate settings, chopsticks were all red! Hmmm…a red and white collection perhaps?”

“A lot of the old buildings in China actually do look like this, it’s not just in movies! Love how fashion can take inspiration from anywhere. Remember Tom Ford’s collection for YSL Fall 2004 with the pagoda shoulders?” Continue Reading “Marcia Patmos’ Postcard From Shanghai” »

Manolos, Now Available In Tilapia

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Manolos made from discarded tilapia skin, raffia, and cork? Why not. Until now, the shoemaker hadn’t delved into the green scene, but eco-chic designer Marcia Patmos was able to change that. “They were very open and loved my suggestion of bringing sustainability into the shoes, as long as I could find the right materials that they couldn’t supply,” Patmos tells Style.com. So, she settled on natural resources and fish industry byproducts for the Spring ’12 collection. “The materials were actually very easy to work with,” Patmos adds. “Mixed together or dyed, they’re very versatile.” The heels ($975) and the flats ($645) are hitting Manolo stores next week. Patmos revealed she’s already hard at work on the next round—an ankle bootie made of vegetable tanned leather—for the the Fall ’12 Manolo Blahnik for M.Patmos collection.

Photo:Courtesy Photo

Royal Wedding: The Backlash?

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The world’s been anxiously counting down to the Royal Wedding (caps, please) of Kate Middleton and Prince William, dissecting every detail from the hen night (that’s bachelorette party, to you or me) to the going-away dress (apparently it’s what she’ll wear to leave her reception and head off to her honeymoon). But a quick canvass of the style world suggests that not every fashion insider will be waking up to watch. Jefferson Hack put it bluntly: “I am actually going to be away that weekend, and I personally don’t give a shit about the wedding!” he told us at the launch of Dazed Live earlier this month. “And you can print that.” He’s not the only one. Style.com checked in with a roster of designers to find out more.

Will you be watching the Royal Wedding?

“I could care less. I’m going to blank it out as much as I can. I have been blanking on the whole thing from the start and I will continue to do so. I actually wake up pretty early; I am usually up by 4:30 a.m., but I am not going to turn it on. I think marriage is a wonderful thing and it’s a great declaration of love and commitment, but it’s boring.” —Steven Kolb, executive director, CFDA

“No, probably not. What time is it at? I will probably be asleep. I definitely will be asleep.” —Pamela Love

“I’m going to be a jazz fest in New Orleans, so I probably won’t be thinking too much about it, to be honest. I’m going to be watching the Avett Brothers. Maybe I’ll TiVo it and check it out afterwards.” —Billy Reid

“When Lady Di was married, I was really young and I was in London in the middle of it, in August. Everything was crazy during that time in London. You would find like the cup with her picture and a wedding phrase, so that was my experience. This new royal wedding, I have not followed so much. I don’t know…I wish them the best.” —Sophie Théallet

“I definitely want to see it, but I don’t know if I’ll watch it live. I’m sure the coverage will be so thorough. We realized the day we have to move is the day of the wedding.” —Erin Fetherston

“I’ll check out the photos online, but I haven’t been keeping up with all of the People coverage of it.” —Marcia Patmos

“That’s a good question. I’m excited because I think I didn’t get to watch the last one; I missed it for some reason. I remember my mother was really into it and wanting to watch it. I have to figure it out.” —Eddie Borgo

Of everyone we surveyed, only one person was truly enthused: Prabal Gurung. “Yes! Of course,” he told Style.com. “I am going to watch. I remember late Princess Diana’s wedding. And I come from Nepal—there’s a monarchy, and I went to a British Catholic school for ten years, so I am very aware of that world. I’m excited.” Of course, he’s built a business on gowns fit for a princess.

Photo: Photo: Indigo / Getty Images