Despite the fact that Victoria Bartlett consistently sends interesting, futuristically fashionable clothing down her runway, most are quick to admit that she never strays far from her signature athletic aesthetic. The look must strike a chord among those in-the-know, though, because a number of editorial heavyweights were in attendance at yesterday's show. From Vogue's Tonne Goodman and Lisa Love to Elle's Anne Slowey to Glamour's Anne Christensen, tons of masthead-toppers turned out to support the British designer.
There were a large number of pieces in bright kelly green, from a short-sleeved neoprene jacket to a bra-and-brief duo layered beneath a sheer, webby black knit. In terms of prints, the designer played with an abstract "cartography" pattern which, at least to me, looked more like scenic horizon prints than actual maps--though they were certainly pretty.
Accessories editors tend to favor VPL collections for good reason--the extras are always a highlight, and this season's didn't disappoint. From the bungee-cord belts to the Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer resin-dipped rope necklaces, the athletic add-ons were visually intriguing yet more wearable than many of Bartlett's past jewelry collaborations. Less real-world-ready were the pieces shown in the second half of the show, although those multiple-stacked peplums and exaggeratedly layered shoulder pads were impressive in their own right. I could see them being worn by someone truly, stylishly daring--perhaps The Man Repeller herself, Leandra Medine, who was seated in the front row.
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