By now, we know that Patricia Bonaldi’s PatBo is the go-to for floaty frocks, wedding guest dresses, and vacation staples—but for Fall ’22, the Brazilian designer proved that her brand is capable of so much more. With a focus on hand-beaded embellishment, which was seen on everything from body-hugging peak-a-boo dresses to boyfriend-style denim jackets, hemlines, and bralettes, the brand made a return to the fantasy and red carpet-ready category; a journey back to where Bonaldi began in the 2000s.
According to the show notes, “While PatBO’s resort wear has become ubiquitous, it’s Bonaldi’s original couture evening wear designs that first put her on the map. This collection pays homage to both craftsmanship and the over-the-top early aughts styles.” As always, the garments were a celebration of the artisans in Bonaldi’s hometown of Uberlandia, Brazil, whose intricate beadwork brought to life the designer’s vision of clothes that feel as special as precious jewelry.
Think of this offering like made-to-order couture for the girls who are a little bit downtown but with uptown tastes very much intact—indeed, many of the special pieces, such as cut-out crystalized gowns, beaded wrap and puffer coats, and a blazer with a swish-swish feather tassel hem, are already available to pre-order now. Don’t delay!
A backstage minute with Patricia Bonaldi
Our mood right now in one word: Grateful
The collection mood in one word: Beginnings
Adrenaline high thanks to…. My team
Late nights or early mornings: Late nights
Jumping off point for this collection: A return to my background in couture with hand-beading and embroidery.
Who you call for moral support: My husband (and my dogs)
Food order on speed dial right now: Kale salad with goat cheese
Failsafe inspiration when you need it: Nature
Coffee or tea: Coffee
Soundtrack/album that gets you through: 432 hertz sound frequency
Stress buster: Meditation
Good luck charm: Quartz crystals
The first person you look for in the audience: My husband
Post-show celebrations: A caipirinha
See the full collection below: