M. Patmos, Fall/Winter 2012, Marcia Patmos, eco-fashion, sustainable fashion, green fashion, ethical fashion, sustainable style, New York Fashion Week, New York Green Fashion Week

BY THE BOOK

Patmos, whose collection brims with color and texture, was inspired by an early 20th century series of Native American portraits, she tells Ecouterre. The book, The Women by Edward S. Curtis, features plaid trading blankets layered over traditionally beaded textiles. “Everything looks so modern,” she says, referring to the photographs, “even though they’re a 100 years old.”

Patmos was inspired by an early 20th century series of Native American portraits by Edward Curtis.

To recreate their statement jewelry, Patmos enlisted Ten Thousand Things, a New York-based jeweler that used a piece of 300-year-old pine salvaged from a demolished warehouse in Brooklyn. Every knot, curve, and ring pattern directed the final shapes of the pieces, which designers David Rees and Ron Anderson handset in sterling silver.

The models’ boots, she points out, are Manolo Blahnik, albeit in vegetable-tanned leather. (The two brands had collaborated over the summer on a two styles of sandals made from discarded tilapia skins, cork, and raffia.)

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