Other fashion houses may be dumping perfectly pristine clothing, but eco fashion designer John Patrick chose an entirely different tack at the unveiling of his Fall/Winter 2010 collection at New York City's Garment District on Thursday. His choice of decor: An intricate spiderweb of 8,000 clear plastic hangers, salvaged from a dumpster, that provided the lattice-like backdrop to a bevy of classic, heritage-inspired tweed jackets, sheer blouses, and vegetable-tanned leathers. Click through our gallery to check out John Patrick's latest collection, as well as why Patrick says that throwaway fashion isn't the future.
Joni Mitchell and the late Princess of Wales played designer John Patrick’s muses for his Fall/Winter 2010 collection. Traditional, handwoven Harris tweed from the Outer Hebrides dominated the line of warm, retro-inspired pieces. Almost stealing the show, however, was the backdrop he paraded his pieces in front of: A massive display constructed from 8,000 clear plastic hangers that were rescued from the dumpster—Patrick’s wry commentary on H&M’s recent clothes-destroying spree.