What’s a downtown girl with a Warhol fetish and an ethical clothing sensibility to wear? The answer is Organic by John Patrick’s Fall 2013 collection.
His signature biodegradable slip dresses (last worn by Rihanna in her “Diamonds” video) are still around to lazily lounge in, but this time, he’s added great outerwear for his girl to throw on when it gets chilly.
Slouchy storm coats, pullovers, and oversize macs and trenches were constructed in nubby wool piles, woolen flannel, and a funky material that looked like Cruella de Vil skinned your favorite teddy from childhood to make a coat. This material was aptly named “teddy fur” in the program notes and I can tell you, after petting it backstage, that despite its macabre reference, it is very, very soft. Teddy bear coats for all. Twinsets and sweaters made out of a carbon dioxide neutral yarn were lightly sexed up with crop top cuts and paired with Marilyn Monroe inspired skirts that were midi length. The color story began with neutral, ending with the last 5 to 6 looks in a searing, flamingo pink. Former Saint Laurent exclusive model Louise Parker (who Patrick calls “major” and likens to “Andrea Feldman in a Warhol movie”) opened and then closed the show in a very covetable, shocking hot pink sweatshirt dress with a mullet hemline.
“This season was linked to my boyfriend, Walter and his relationship with Sable Starr, Cyrinda Foxe and Anya Phillips. We had all those photographs [of them] that had been kicking around. They were really glamorous," Patrick told me. "I myself lived in the East Village in the late 70s and saw Patti Astor. [Those] girls—when you went to the Mudd Club and somebody walked in of that stature, they were totally off the radar. It was powerful. I wanted that deep connection with [this season’s] looks, hair, [and] makeup. I didn’t want any artifice.”