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Organic by John Patrick
Challenging my body clock, I descended into the basemen of the Ace Hotel to a club-like atmosphere long before cocktail hour. Accentuated by lax side-swept locks, the looks were soft and refined with indications of attention to hand-stitched details. The light color scheme of innocent pastels, shades of brown and loads of white worked well with the large summer hat, floral gown and flower embroidery that embellished shorts, blouses, and a cropped pant. The translucent tan chemise defied vulgar, paired with opaque khaki trousers and a thigh length white coat. Refined yet playful, John Patrick brewed a morning-coffee friendly presentation.
With the likes of Kim Kardashian sitting front row aptly clad in last season’s Jill Stuart frocks, the Koch Theater resonated with an eagerness to see the acclaimed designer’s take on spring fashion. Nude faces with a slash of coral lips paraded the runway in a neutral palette of cream chiffon, camel-colored suede, and the classic black and white pairing with effortless sophistication. A-line shapes dominated the collection, manifested in this season’s tan shorts, lightly striped dresses and dramatic capes. Contrasted with alternating rounded collars and short cuff necklaces, the overall aesthetic tasted like a cocktail of upscale saloon blended with a dash of southern derby grace. The show culminated with a sweet calf length cream gown, cinched at the waist with a playful black bow. We like.
As always, this season’s collection met our expectations with an abundance of leather, but with a refreshing softness laced into its seams. Accentuated by tousled middle-parted locks, the line was more innocent than its predecessor in February. Military caps were soothed by the lightness of the army green fabric with which they were paired, while leather micro-minis were sweetened with three-quarter length sleeves. Serving as a pseudo intermission, a mohawked man in drag proved the designer’s wide demographic as he flaunted a look whilst playing the violin in sync with the soundtrack. Though the classic Øverland pairing of black with shades of brown dominated the collection, its palette was pervaded by electric blue, neon yellow and some fresh gold-embellished mustard. Edgy deep-slit jumpsuits were balanced by romantic black and white crocheted frocks revamped with geometric patterns, while classic shapes were made playful with head scarves and adorable balloon sleeves. It’s no wonder the likes of Kelly Osbourne sat front row.