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July 29 2014

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8 posts tagged "Marcia Patmos"

A New Class Toasts Its Fashion Week Benefactor

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You might expect otherwise from a winery, but there are no booze-goggles at Ecco Domani: The California-based vintner has a long history of clear-eyed perceptiveness about young fashion talent. Its Fashion Foundation awards have been supporting emerging designers with much needed grant money for years, and many of the industry’s now established names—Derek Lam, Alexander Wang, and Proenza Schouler among them—have benefited from its largesse.

This year’s crop of winners (for womenswear, Bibhu Mohapatra, Mandy Coon, Marcia Patmos, and Maayan Zilberman and Nikki Dekker for their line The Lake & Stars; for menswear, Kyle Fitzgibbons for Native Son; for accessories, Pamela Love; and for sustainable design, Tara St. James for Study NY) was on hand to celebrate last night, along with alumni like Lam, Erin Fetherston, John Patrick, Carly Cushnie and Michelle Ochs, and editors and style setters like Julie Gilhart and Sally Singer. One of last year’s winners, Prabal Gurung, presented Bibhu Mohapatra (above, with Lam) with his award. (“His love and my love for Bollywood has cemented our friendship,” the Nepal-born Gurung, who worked for the Indian designer Manish Arora after graduating from New Delhi’s National Institute of Fashion, confided.)

“It has really pumped me with such a rush,” Mohapatra said of his latest accolade. “This award not only gave me confidence, but it also gave me some extra funding to make my product that much better.”

Pressed for advice to the young designers, Gurung modestly demurred. “I am still in the process of rising,” he said, “and I don’t think I am in the position of giving advice to anyone. What I can say is be true to yourself and trust your instincts because you have to just believe in yourself.”

Photo: Ryan McCune

Lutz & Patmos, With A Little Help From Their Friends

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Before “designer collaboration” became fashion’s second-most frequently dropped phrase (immediately following “pop-up shop,” by our count), Tina Lutz and Marcia Patmos were doing just that—calling up friends and fans and working with them on limited-edition items in their ultra-soft cashmere. It helps that the designers have more catholic tastes than most. Over the course of their guest designers series, they worked with everyone from Carine Roitfeld to architect Richard Meier to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, all of whom waxed philosophic about the sweaters of their dreams and helped to make them a reality. Lutz & Patmos is shutting up shop, sad to say—Patmos will continue on as M. Patmos, as well as designing the more contemporary Leroy & Perry collections, and Lutz will pursue other projects—but before they go, they’ve rounded up the collabs of years past, which are now on sale at their e-commerce site. From Roitfeld’s (modeled, top left, by the editrix herself, and son Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld) to Christy Turlington’s (top right, inspired by the yogic lotus flower), Fabien Baron’s (top left), and Inez van Lamsweerde’s (top right), they’re available now for, potentially, the last time ever. Shop brisk—and click below for pieces by Jane Birkin, and Natalia Vodianova. Continue Reading “Lutz & Patmos, With A Little Help From Their Friends” »

What To Expect From Patmos Sans Lutz

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In the wake of the recent announcement that Lutz & Patmos was disbanding and that its founders and namesakes, Tina Lutz and Marcia Patmos, were going their separate ways, there was some concern among fans of the luxury knitwear brand. So to quell the fears, Marcia Patmos would like to assure L&P followers that her new line, M. Patmos, is lots more of the same. That’s not to say there won’t be new directions. M. Patmos carries on the knit legacy while racing off in new directions. Among the innovations in the debut collection for Holiday were tailored pieces, such as slouchy trousers, a leather and cashmere motorcycle-style jacket, and a new ultra-luxe range of knits made of low-impact dyed Italian cashmere. “Doing this on my own, I definitely feel free to experiment more,” Patmos said. “And in the meantime, since we’ve just launched our contemporary line, Leroy & Perry, and some of the more casual, weekend-y stuff lives there, that means I’ve got room in M. Patmos to focus on making every piece really special.” Patmos went on to say that, although she doesn’t intend to continue the Lutz & Patmos tradition of inviting seasonal guest designers, she does plan to engage in new collaborations, with an emphasis on working with artisans, like the women in India who knit the Holiday M. Patmos scarves on antique looms. And she says she’s hoping to expand the brand into new categories soon, bags, belts, and shoes in particular. “Leather goods,” she elaborates. “It’s not just about knits anymore.”

Photos: Courtesy of M. Patmos