Patrick Mohr Interview
Patrick Mohr is one of the most exciting designers to come out of Germany in recent times, making a name for himself since the brands inception in 2009. Playing with unexpected silhouettes, clean design and pure materials, his avant-garde take on sportswear has definitely made him a designer to watch. Patrick was kind enough to speak with us after presenting an incredible Fall/Winter showing in Berlin.
Megan Christiansen: For those who don't know about the brand can you just tell us a little bit about your background?
Patrick Mohr: Hello I am Patrick Mohr, designer of the Munich-based label patrick mohr. After my apprenticeship as a carpenter, I worked as an international model, as I decided to study fashion design at the ESMOD. With my final collection, I received the “Prix Createur”-Award for ‘best collection’. Since 2008 I have my own label patrick mohr and I have just presented the new Autumn/Winter 2012 collection "NEWBORN IDENTITY" at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin.
MC: What are your first memories of fashion growing up?
PM: For me, fashion has always been very important. During my career as a model, I had a very good insight into the scene and knew, that it’s right for me.
MC: How are you feeling about the state of the fashion industry at the moment?
PM: The fashion industry is probably the toughest and most of all fast- moving industries, but despite the financial crisis, people like to buy clothes.
MC: Who do you think is doing exciting things in the industry?
PM: There are great unknown designers out there. But I’m focusing on myself.
MC: I wanted to talk about your women's wear predominantly today. Can you start by telling us a little bit about your perspective towards femininity and beauty?
PM: Beauty for me, has nothing to do with the obvious idea of beauty - it is some kind of attitude. Everything can be beautiful, in their own way.
MC: You just had your AW show at Berlin Fashion week on the 20th which was absolutely incredible, congratulations. How did it go?
PM: Thank you, I am very pleased that you like it. The response is great, we get positive feedback from all sides. The show was fantastic.
MC: Can you tell us about the ideas behind "Newborn Identity" and the processes you went through?
PM: It was time to reinvent myself, my SS 2012-Collection has already seen one of the approaches, and with my current collection I've completed the metamorphosis. Now I’m more and more seeing men and women as individuals and try to emphasize the personalities.
MC: What is your attitude towards runway? How do you want someone to feel when they walk out of one of your shows?
PM: It is a very exciting time during the Fashion Week and I think the runway is an important place to present your designs. A model should be cool and tough for the runway and embody patrick mohr.
MC: You are known for surprising guests at your fashion shows, whether its bearded ladies or graffiti on the runway. This time you just let the clothes speak for themselves and people are talking about you more then ever. Why did you go in this direction?
PM: How the show theme "NEWBORN IDENTITY" implies, it was time to show more of patrick mohr – the designer. Actually I don’t think I changed the show-concept. It’s just a grown up version of patrick mohr.
MC: Your work is described as 'sportswear" but its a mixture of so many elements. Geometry, elegance, purity. Can you tell us a little bit about your attitude towards sportswear as a market?
PM: patrick mohr stands for sophisticated, wearable sportswear. Sportswear is the style for your everyday-life and speaks to a broader market.
MC: I just wanted to talk about geometry, it shows up everywhere in your work. Can you tell us about the use of pattern and form in this collection? Where does this fascination with geometry come from?
PM: The triangle can be found in the form of new designed fabric lining, as plexiglas elements on handbags, gloves and on large-scale prints - generally on all accessories and all the designs based on geometric figures. The triangle and I have some kind of special "relationship".
MC: Can you tell us about the fabrics and finishings you use and how they inform the design and vice versa?
PM: It is a combination of design, materials and workmanship, which plays an important role in the design process of patrick mohr.
MC: How do you want the mens and women's collections to play against each other?
PM: My collections are not against each other but play together and underline the particular individuality.
MC: How has the brand changed and how have you grown as a designer since 2008?
PM: The label and I personally changed throughout the past years, but I still remain true to myself, my values and the triangle.
MC: Can you sum up the Partick Mohr woman for Autumn/winter in a few words?
PM: The woman collection is clean, attainable and feminine. Particular attention should be paid to the accessories and knitted patterns.
MC: Whats next for the brand?
PM: The brand patrick mohr evolves constantly to assert itself on the international market. Furthermore, we are already designing for the Spring/Summer 2013 collection.
Photographer - Courtesy of Patrick Mohr