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Bright knitwear, multifunctional garments, and textured layering pieces are the sound of the season for M. Patmos who revealed its fall 2012 eco-fashion collection on Thursday. The presentation took place at New York's Milk Studios--the downtown equivalent to Lincoln Center.
Inspired by photographs of Native American women from the early 1900s, designer Marcia Patmos captured her vision for fall 2012 with layering garments, textures, and jewelry, creating seasonless styles that can be worn year round.
Notable pieces included the Nootka Sweater, which re-imagined a wardrobe staple with bright red and magenta; the classic and timeless Virtuoso Double Faced Coat in fuschia; and the Etoiles Jacket in red tweed.
Though roughly 40% of the collection is made in the USA, M. Patmos works with female artisans in Nepal and Bolivia who apply their handwork techniques to the collection and she also employs a Japanese Zero-waste seamless knitting technology.
This season brought collaborations with luxury footwear brand Monolo Blahnik--a continuation from spring 2012--on vegetable-tanned leather footwear and handmade jewelry collection by TenThousandThings.
The New York-based jewelry took three-hundred-year-old pine salvaged from a demolished warehouse in Brooklyn and set it in fine silver to make one-of-a-kind pieces.
The Releve Zip Pocket Shift boasted a versatile twist: the bottom half of the dress can be zipped off so the top can be worn as a tee. It is styled with the Allegro Reversible Lace Dress, which can--as the name suggests--be worn as either red or nude.
"I think everything in the collection is something you can wear right now," Patmos told TreeHugger. "That's the goal really, to find something new that you just want to buy because you don't have that exact thing but want a new, unique version of it."
M. Patmos can be found at Barneys New York, Kirna Zabete, and Browns of London. Cotton layering pieces start at $175 and go up to $1250.