Photos by Glenn Garner
Shortly after the closing of her Bowery boutique, a fixture to the East Village art scene for half a century, Patricia Field continues her legacy. Last night, the fashion icon, known for her designs on Sex and the City and The Devil Wears Prada, hosted an art exhibition and runway show at Howl! Happening. Just around the corner from the building once occupied by her shop, she introduced a new chapter for the fashion scene she so heavily influenced for years.
"I think art will always live on as it has lived on for thousands of years," she told me in the Howl! bathroom, the only room quiet enough for a quick chat between girls. "When I decided to end my store, it wasn’t that I wanted to retire or do nothing. That is just not a part of me. That will never happen. I will die working. So I’m extremely personally happy with all that’s happening"
She beautifully curated a colorful runway show that blended punk and grunge in the most appropriate East Village sense. Models of all ethnicities, shapes, sizes, and ages strutted the catwalk to applause, sporting uniquely bold and eccentric designs by some of New York's most talented artists. Culturally eclectic pieces once featured in her boutique brought the room to life and as the show wrapped, Field lept from her seat, jumping up and down on the runway with youthful elation.
Although her Bowery boutique is closed, these pieces remain available online.