A Brazilian debut to New York Fashion Week that did not disappoint.
PatBO Founder and Creative Director Patricia Bonaldi presented her Spring/Summer 2022 Collection on September 8th at the recently-opened Le Pavillon Restaurant helmed by chef Daniel Boulud.
The modernist space on Vanderbilt Avenue was the perfect setting for the Brazilian designer to host her first in-person runway show during New York Fashion Week. The all-glass atrium is filled with natural light, exotic plants, and the tranquil feeling of being far removed from the city outside.
Guests of the show were treated to an array of artisanal cocktails hand-mixed with Cincoro Tequila.
Fashion and tequila, what could possibly be better?
For her debut runway collection, Bonaldi sought to amplify the elements of her designs that have made the brand what it is today—fringe trims, sophisticated cut-outs, and intricate hand-beading and embroidery.
Every piece shows her devotion to craftsmanship and empowering talented artisans in Brazil.
Supermodel and Brazil native Alessandra Ambrosio opened the show with a pair of menswear trousers cut from fluide linen fabric with a corset-style waistband and coordinating bralette.
Because we just can’t get enough, Ambrosio closed the show in a plunge long sleeve beach dress, a PatBO signature silhouette that is adored by every social media personality.
If you didn’t tag your PatBO dress on your yacht on St Barth’s, did you even go to St Barth’s?
Speaking of influencers, Rachael Kirkconnel, Serena Kerrigan, Remi Bader, and Kit Keenan, amongst others, were sitting front row at the show. All dressed in PatBO, of course.
“This is my first New York Fashion Week, and while I didn’t really know what to expect, PatBO surpassed all my expectations,” Rachael Kirkconnel.
Bondaldi takes her designs to the next level by adding wood beads, feathers, and jute trims.
The color palette is decidedly more neutral with shades of gold, camel, and bone. However, a single pop of Bubblegum Pink appears on one of the sure-to-be crowd favorites— a silky, plume-trimmed gown aptly named the “Oscar” dress.
With a background in couture, it was important for Bonaldi to show her ability to create classic tailored styles that feel fresh and modern.
Blazer-style mini dresses are updated with rib cage cut-outs and hand-embroidered lapels.
Bonaldi’s naturalistic approach extended to the models’ hair and makeup. Simple Organic, an all-natural beauty brand from Brazil, created dewy complexions and strong brows that accentuate their features.
Reinforcing the brand's efforts to give back to Bonaldi’s home country, PatBO will donate 10% of online net sales for the month of September to Amigos Do Bem.
This non-profit organization improves the lives of residents living in the hinterland region of northeast Brazil through education, work, and income projects, while also promoting access to health care, water, and housing.
The collection is now available for Pre-Order at www.patbo.com.
Photography by: Dan Lecca