A chance revisiting of Antonioni’s film masterpiece L’avventura inspired Organic designer John Patrick to take things in a discernibly more refined direction for Spring 2014.
Wednesday’s presentation revealed what could only be deemed a newly elevated embodiment of the brand’s vocabulary. The effortlessly chic casual separates, slouchy easy shapes, and demure femininity we have come to adore were all still present and accounted for, but this time they were rendered in couture silks–rigid dupionis and gazars countered languid chiffons and georgettes–and the most diaphanous of sheer voile cottons (a refreshing complement to Patrick’s beloved crisp poplins). Every look seemed to add the perfect measure of polish to our fantasy summer-separates.
This season, Patrick’s skirts–a midi-length pencil with intentionally gaping pockets, and an unapologetically debutante-worthy half-circle–were the standouts. Paired with his fine-gauge cardigans-askew, they rendered an intriguing play of “prim” vs. “peeling” (coming “undone” feels so right for warm weather, no?). These subtle contrasts were echoed in the palette’s layering of inky vegetals atop chalked neutrals. Post-show, an exuberant Patrick gushed, “Did you like it?!” and we assured him that after the presentation we were totally sold on a good “polish and peel” next spring.