New York Fashion Week: M. Patmos Shows Chic Knitwear for Spring 2012 (Photos)

m. patmos ss 12 marcia photo

Continuing Resort 2012's palette of neutrals with a splash of color, M. Patmos--who I saw first on Greta Guide--kicked it up a notch at New York Fashion Week Spring 2012 with a jolt of bright citron, gold, and silver.

Inspired by the look of mid-century craft design, designer Marcia Patmos credits the work of New York artist Mary Judge and the book The Birth of Cool: California Art, Design and Culture at Midcentury as influencing her green fashion collection this season. Take a look:

m. patmos spring summer12 photo

"I combined the tactile look of mid-century craft design with motifs from Judge's cement sculptures to create modern and compelling pieces," explained Patmos in the show notes.

m. patmos spring summer12 photo
m. patmos spring summer12 photo

M. Patmos employs zero-waste techniques, including whole-garment knitting. Female artisans in Bolivia in Nepal helped with the handiwork in the collection. Garments were also produced in the USA and knit with local yarn.

m. patmos spring summer12 photo

Notable pieces include the hand crocheted cardigan and the organic cotton zero waste tank top, above.

m. patmos spring summer12 photo

Playing with the sheer trend, the little black shows just enough skin but not too much. Made with super fine Italian cotton, the zero waste rib dress was simple, yet stunning.

m. patmos spring summer12 photo
m. patmos spring summer12 photo

In contrast to the timeless neutrals and knitwear, Patmos brings it back to modernity with shimmery textures. A metallic drawstring skirt stands out--as noted on it lacks the long-term wearability that describe the other pieces. It is the knitwear that I want to see more of.

m. patmos spring summer12 photo
All photos: M.Patmos

M. Patmos will retail for $600-$1250. It is available at Barneys New York (all flagships), Kirna Zabete, Browns of London, and Harvey Nichols Honk Kong. Psst, don't miss all of our New York Fashion Week coverage here.

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