Friday, September 19, 2008

ORGANIC BY JOHN PATRICK SPRING/SUMMER 2009

















ALL-AMERICAN, ECO FRIENDLY COLLECTION FOR MEN/WOMEN

Desmond Tutu Center, 180 Tenth Ave. NYC September 9th, 2008


Words, Images Judith Ecochard

John Patrick’s inspiration for his latest offerings, the iconic Grant Wood painting, “American Gothic”—is one of hope.





“People don’t think about the 30’s as an optimistic time,” he commented in the run-of-show handout. “But when the chips are down that you really see the American character. Hope is our DNA…and it’s that kind of crazy resourcefulness I want to celebrate.”




Is Patrick psychic or what…given the tumultuous financial markets this week…with Hank Paulson to the rescue!!!!!!







THE COLLECTION:


We loved the tableau vivant staging that had groupings of models (70 looks!) posed on bales of hay in a Dorothy in Kansas, farmhouse setting.









Think wearable, soft palette, comfy basics made from organic cotton, recycled polyester and knits from Patrick’s cottage industry workers in Peru.





We think the guy’s organic cotton seersucker jackets with cotton twill pleat shorts, and a feminine drop waist garden and a vintage rose print dress…plus some of the airy Victorian style blouses are no-brainers to any wardrobe.









What is also special-besides the eco divineness (YEAH)- is that these pieces are ageless and modern---hipsters and middle America look pulled together and clean/fresh in the clothes. And the collection is largely made in the USA.

INFO: JOHN PATRICK ORGANIC