New York Fashion Week: John Patrick Organic is Serious, Quirky, and Sporty for Fall 2012 (Photos)

© Organic by John Patrick

New York's runways are buzzing with New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2012. Find all of our exclusive coverage of the hottest green fashion here.

John Patrick's inspiration for fall 2012 can be pinned down to a single image: a 19th century British photograph by Julia Margaret Cameron, called "A Beautiful Vision." But as suggested by the set design, it is Patrick's realization of this image that really excites. He employed the talented hand of illustrator Mike Ellis to conjure up a print inspired by the photograph. Fashion translation: Patrick's fall 2012 theme takes the form of quirky and colorful digital prints, serious yet sporty silhouettes, and even jeans--the results of a first-time collaboration with Raleigh Denim.

© Organic by John Patrick

© Organic by John PatrickFull, defined eyebrows backstage at Organic by John Patrick.

Designer John Patrick's mind was on beauty this season: "Beauty can be in the city, beauty can be in the country, beauty can be when you're eyes are closed," Patrick told TreeHugger in a phone interview prior to his show.

© Organic by John Patrick

John Patrick's girl looks like she's rolled out of bed having hit snooze one too many times--note the uneven knee socks, the tucked away hair, and the no-fuss styling--only to have to get dressed in a flash. Yet, she wears luxury wardrobe staples and looks effortlessly-chic, and a full brow for good measure.

© Organic by John Patrick

Patrick's winning collaboration with Raleigh Denim produced a relaxed fit hip jeans--appropriately rolled at the hem--that any boyfriend would envy.

© Organic by John Patrick

© Organic by John Patrick

Every shade of blue ruled the runway, from sky to cobalt, and Patrick stayed true to his sustainable core with vegetable-tanned leathers and wools, digital prints, and organic cottons. Plus, recycled knits, wools, nylons, and cashmere.

© Organic by John Patrick

© Organic by John Patrick

When it comes to leather, “I can still continue to horrify vegans,” Patrick said, according to Ecouterre. “When they stop slaughtering cows for meat, that’s when we won’t use it for ready-to-wear anymore.”

© Organic by John Patrick

© Organic by John Patrick

Patrick is always quick to note that, for him, it's "always fashion first. There are some real serious clothes in here," he told TreeHugger. "There are some serious silhouettes, lots of coats, outerwear. It's tailored."

© Organic by John Patrick

© Organic by John Patrick

The collection featured sportswear, for sure, including a notable pair of slouchy black leather track pants paired with a dashing, eggshell blue cashmere and merino hand-loomed sweater, a cozy Wool Herringbone Quilted Anorak with a hood, and a fashion forward Recycled Knit Crop Hoodie--over top a Recycled Nylon Top Coat--and worn with vegetable-tanned leather track pants with a stretchy waist band to boot.

© Organic by John Patrick

© Organic by John Patrick

It wouldn't be an Organic collection without Patrick's signature silk dresses printed with a"Kaleidoscope" print, this season, which added a necessary burst of vibrancy to an otherwise composed collection. Also present was Patrick's trusted wardrobe staple: a recycled cotton and nylon trench coat, which boasts a serious--and oversized--silhouette.

© Organic by John Patrick

© Organic by John Patrick

A previous version of this article incorrectly listed the illustrator as Mark Geller: his name is Mike Ellis.

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