By Arwa Lodhi
Make Art, Not War. This is the fundamental concept underlying John Patrick’s latest collection for Spring/Summer 14 at New York Fashion Week.
The peaceful motto of New York street artist Jimmy Mirikitani, as well as Mirikitani’s art and extraordinary life were a great inspiration to the organic luxury fashion designer, who used pink, green and blue hues from Mirikitani’s art to colour his own fashion collection this season.
Presenting sixteen easy-to-wear looks on the New York Fashion Week runways this season, John Patrick Organics blended the casual sexiness of triangle bras peeping out from loosely woven jumpers with youthful sportiness, as seen in baseball-inspired jerseys, sometimes given a feminine twist by being layered under loose dresses.
But as expected from an Organic collection, the great outdoors featured heavily, too. A T-shirt spelling out FARM was teamed with a pair of surfer shorts, and outerwear was a highlight of the show: girlishly green anoraks and boxy, recycled cotton coats that are meant to almost stand apart from the body were just some of the offerings to keep the cold to come in autumn 14 at bay.
It may seem a long way off, but this collection almost made us long for damp, leafy days of fall!
To see more of the collection, click through the slideshow below. Photos: Mimi Ritzen Crawford/Courtesy of Organic by John Patrick