John Patrick introduced his Spring/Summer 2010 collection this past week with the help of a very special guest: supermodel Shalom Harlow, who was modeling this cute boycut suit à la JPO, complete with a stripey bowtie. Presented at Keens Steakhouse, a New York institution since 1885, John Patrick’s avant-garde presentation channeled the energy of classic Americana.
Little touches like leathery furniture, moody lighting, rolled stockings, pipes, a red bike, and chunky pearls breathed life into the timelessly styled garments. And what garments they were! Swingy organic separates, a structured trench coat made of recycled polyester, high-waisted (and yet surprisingly flattering) trousers, and floaty frocks printed with florals and watercolored patterns made pretty much the whole collection to die for. Although we liked everything, we were especially enamored with the pieces that weren’t connected to any one time-period—a universally sexy trench coat, a white collared shirt, and a figure-conscious little black dress—essential pieces that every woman should have in her closet. There’s nothing more sustainable than clothing that you buy and keep forever.
We also couldn’t help but notice that John Patrick’s designs just keep getting yummier and yummier. One can only wonder what kinds of organic goodies are giving him his powers. Perhaps the secret of his killer clothes lies in that superfruit that seems to be everywhere now, the açai berry? No matter what the case, we can’t wait until next Fashion Week to see what hits he churns out next time.