John Patrick of Organic presented his Fall/Winter 2011 collection this afternoon as a run-up to New York Fashion Week, which officially starts tomorrow. The English-countryside aesthetic was flush with contrasting colors, textures, and patterns. Bulky cable-knit turtlenecks, cropped unexpectedly above the waist, met their match in vegetable-tanned leather shorts and indigo-dyed organic-cotton poplin shirts. Floaty floral and paisley-print silk dresses and dainty lace shorts paired off with Hunter boots—laced-up equestrian-style or demurely cut off at the ankle—while recycled-cotton trenches fraternized with organic-cotton jacquard boxers. The knits, in particular, were a standout, comprising vegetable-dyed, organic wool that was locally sourced from Red Hook. (Who knew Brooklyn had sheep?) But Patrick wasn't afraid to get technical, either, dipping into recycled PET polyester for a quilted trench and a zip-front hoodie.
Through Inhabitat and now Ecouterre, we’ve been following John Patrick’s career for years. We’ve attended every one of Patrick’s seasonal presentations since 2007, and this was one of the most exciting we’ve seen yet. We were really blown away by how wearable yet how fresh and interesting his fall collection was with its innovative cuts and unusual mixes of textures. Congrats to Patrick for designing a great collection and putting on yet another inspiring show!