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Gallery: M. Patmos Brings the Aristocr...

Marcia Patmos had a specific woman in mind when she designed her Fall/Winter 2013 collection. Her muse? The "aristocratic nomad," a well-traveled "lady of the house" who takes pleasure in curating wardrobe pieces from across the globe but isn't above plundering from her husband's closet on occasion. Sure enough, ladylike silhouettes went head to head with masculine details like fishermen's rib, waffle knits, and bold checks. Filmy jacquard silks, digitally printed with rejiggered ikat and camouflage motifs, stood in contrast with '40s surplus-inspired double-faced wools and sleek Nappa leather panels. Rich hues of merlot, peacock, and charcoal were underscored by shots of metallic and neon.

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Patmos’ signature knits, several of which were made in New Jersey using seamless “Wholegarment” technology, certainly didn’t disappoint, but the Brooklyn-based designer also trotted out on Wednesday equally striking renditions of the trench coat and bomber jacket—both well-executed firsts. There were also trompe-l’oeil-esque feats of visual chicanery, such as funnel-neck dickies made to resemble turtlenecks, silk shells with sheer deep-V inserts, and sweaters fitted with built-in capelets.

The result is an ultraluxe, Katherine Hepburn-y vibe, with a dash of Josef Albers’ Bauhaus sensibility for good measure.

Paired with tailored capri trousers and delicate ankle-strap stilettos, the overall result telegraphed a rarefied, Katherine Hepburn-y vibe, with a dash of Josef Albers’ Bauhaus sensibility for good measure. “There was a great show at the Pierpont Morgan Library recently of his studies,” Patmos told Ecouterre after the show. “There was a corner of all shades of green that was pretty much like heaven for me.”

As is the designer’s wont, many of the pieces were created to be reversible or otherwise multipurpose. (Surely Patmos’s “bourgeois, eccentric” itinerant could not help but approve.) “This way you can get more for your money, can pack less, and need less,” she said. She paused, then added as if in afterthought: “And it’s fun.”

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