PICTURE: #9 IN TWELVE ACTS
SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
PATRICIA MEARS TALKS ABOUT HER 9th OUTFIT
What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
My outfit is centered on the Ralph Rucci rain coat; the lace-up platform shoes are by Pierre Hardy for the Gap; unseen is a duchess satin wrap skirt by Rucci and a basic +J black turtleneck from Uniqlo.
How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
As you can see, I love three-dimensional and geometrically shaped garments. The coat can be worn with many pieces in my wardrobe. Although what I wear underneath can vary greatly, the skirt, which happens to have the same cone-like shape as the coat, was an easy choice.
Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
I happened to get the coat and skirt at the same time. However, they were from different collections but worked well together.
In a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit?
It is a strong ensemble. I would say it is between a 7 and an 8
What roles do color, the fit, and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
The rich coloration of the fabric, brown and black, plus the textures, fine ribbed silk and black velvet, enhance the three-dimensional shape of the coat. Many of my coats are loose fitting so the important thing is that they maintain their shape. The conical shape hangs beautifully from my shoulders.
How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I often wear this coat when it rains. As chic as it is, it is also remarkably durable, comfortable, and practical.
There is perhaps a spiritual, emotional, intellectual or psychological aspect to what/how we dress. What is your personal experience in relation to this outfit?
The coat immediately caught my eye the moment I saw it. For one thing, the fabric is stunning and was made by the firm called Old World Weavers. It was founded by the fabulous woman of style, Iris Apfel, and her husband Carl. A low pile, cut-and-voided velvet, the fabric is called sfumato, an Italian word used by painters to describe a blurry or smoky effect. Iris saw the coat one day and said to me “I know that fabric!”
The silhouette is also marvelous. It is a bit Balenciaga-esque, another reason I am smitten with it.
But the best part is that it might be a unique piece. Ralph used the material to craft parkas and trench coats a few years back. But, this wedge-shaped coat with a front tie and full back was not put into production.