New York City has been hit with particularly icy weather in recent weeks, putting a stop to the extended warm weather that locals enjoyed prior to Christmas, and to many plans to get anywhere, given the blanket snow coverage. Such is the speed of fashion that fashion week marches on, and the autumn/winter 2016 collection of M. Patmos certainly struck a chord with frozen-to-the-bone editors and buyers, comprising as it does chunky knitwear that’s both incredibly warm and soft to the touch.
Said to be inspired by Spitalfields Nippers, a book of photo-portraiture of children in the East London neighbourhood during the early 20th century – Patmos’ designs have a slouchy, lived-in feeling to them, her focus on handcrafts and natural fibres amplified by the natural colour palette of grey, off-white and olive green. Particular highlights included a Merino wool knitted sweater, fastened at the sides by ribbon-like ties and with a funnel neck, subtle but elegant updates on a timeless wardrobe staple. Another was a cable-knitted cardigan, its proportions exploded so that it draped from the body in a sweeping motion.
Patmos has, since launching her label in 2011, used Merino wool in her collections, but her innovation continues season after season, particularly following her win of the 2014/2015 International Woolmark Prize. More recently, Patmos returned to the source, journeying from New York City to the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales where she spent time on a wool-growing farm so as to fully experience the fleece to fashion process. See more of Patmos’s journey here.
Marcia Patmos travelled to the source of Australian Merino wool to launch her winning International Woolmark Prize collection in Australia