Patricia Field has always done things her way. With a career spanning 45 years and counting, the designer, stylist and boutique owner built her reputation by creating her own blueprint. â€œIf you asked me who I looked up to from the beginning of my career, I would say no one,â€ Field said. â€œI didnâ€™t see fashion that way. I felt fashion.â€ On the other hand, Field has clearly inspired others in the industry. â€œAs a designer, everyone loves her because she does what designers dream of doing: putting together eccentric pieces,â€ said designer Christian Siriano.
â€œAny designer would love to have Patricia pull for one of their projects because that means she thinks itâ€™s interesting, creative, new and special.â€ George Malkemus, president of Manolo Blahnik USA, said Fieldâ€™s ability to stay ahead of trends puts her in a unique class. â€œShe always has an extraordinary take on whatâ€™s happening on the street before anyone else in fashion,â€ he said. â€œShe embraces young ideas and young people in a way that very few people in fashion do.â€