2012 September 6

NYFW Spring 2013: Organic By John Patrick, Rachel Comey, Degen, Veronica Beard

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(NEW YORK) Organic By John Patrick
"Spring is all about The New Frontier slash Urban Commune. It's so witched up!" said John Patrick on his latest eco-conscious collection. And if there's one designer that knows a thing or two about hippie haven living, it's Patrick. "When I lived in a commune in the summer of 1973, I remember my mother and father coming down one Saturday morning on their way to the Hartford Open,” said Patrick to The Daily. “It was July, so most of us were in a state of undress. I loved to garden and weed without clothes. They were very accepting!” On Wednesday morning, the earthy designer nodded to his beatnik days with a fuss-free, layer happy lineup anchored in tone-on-tone two-piece suits—paired with slouchy, wide-legged linen trousers, flirty, high-waisted cotton minis, or dare-to-bare shortiesand easy breezy lace or knit frocks in navy, black, oatmeal, or white. The message: It's not "body conscious, but conscious of the body." Chalk it up to the designer's freeloving past or his retailing future. P.S. Organic is opening its first standalone boutique on Fifth Avenue later this year.

Rachel Comey
When a downtown doyenne tries her hand at uptown after-five dressing, you can bet on more than one raised eyebrow in the under-30, casual-crazed crowd. But, this is Rachel Comey, after all. It didn't take long for the seasoned designer to assure her loyal devotees that she was on solid ground with a parade of ultra-femme eveningwear that managed to maintain the brand's relaxed ethos. To wit: loose shift dresses grazing the knee came ruffled slightly at the neck, embellished with a touch of sparkling buds on the bodice, or patterned with abstract florals. Meanwhile, loose ankle trousers got the day-to-night treatment with the help of structured peplum toppers, slinky camis, and Comey's signature wood platforms. About those toe-steppers: Expect sleek platform brogues, metallic sandals, and perforated booties galore!

What does designer Lindsay Degen prefer on her pizza? “Mushrooms, pepperoni, and knitted glove pockets,” s'il vous plaît! The 23-year-old emerging knit whiz staged another out-of-the-box presentation yesterday afternoon at Industria on Washington Street, resembling a mash-up of old school Brooklyn block parties (avec faux pizza in the form of pepperoni-laden beanies and veggie sliced tees) and nostalgic teenybopper sleepovers, complete with quirky cool “Kayla From The Block” leggings, colorblocked “Basket Ballin’” shorts, and “Ghetto Gown Glory Hole” cutout tees. “I was inspired by DIY and street culture in America,” said Degen, who was outfitted in a tee emblazoned with the phrase “The Shizz Knit.” In sum, a refreshing slice of Americana for acquired, quirky tastes. 

Veronica Beard
Inspired by the "spirit of the woman determined to live in her wardrobe wherever she may be," Veronica Beard hosted an intimate gathering at The Gramercy Park Hotel last night to showcase Spring's staple-driven sportswear. Partygoers (champs in hand!) circled the hotel's top floor terrace to peep a mod lounging on a Vespa in a wearable silk blouse and trek-ready pant combo, topped off with a supple cognac leather jacket. Also on display: a bevy of stunners perched on wicker furniture, donning denim on denim couplings, short suits, and an array of patterned jumpsuits. "The collection pays homage to the roots of the original uniform," said the Veronicas post-presentation. "Our client's take on American style lends to the unwavering commitment to invest in quality and to truly live in it through all of her life’s journeys."