Fall 2011 Collection
Today’s VPL show was a relatively stripped-down affair, from the simplified styling to the back-to-basics concept that inspired the design of the clothes.
[...] Several her most winning looks [included] her yummy knits or the wrap jacket and short-sleeve coat in a metallic furlike fabric.
One of the strongest sideline ideas was Bartlett’s playful reinterpretation of the suit: She showed a few iterations, including a skirt and matching jacket cut from panels of contrasting boiled wool and a neoprenelike mesh. That suit—such as it was—and a cocoon-ish coat mixing the same materials offered a good primer on how to introduce “active” elements into sophisticated clothes. Another good sideline was Bartlett’s play with latex, especially in the finale, which featured lingerie that was truly weird, impractical, and great. (She also developed a nice abstract print, in tones of brown, from her play with stretched and folded latex.) All in all, it was a typically good outing for VPL, one characterized less by Bartlett’s formal explorations and more by her desire to, quite simply, make distinctive, wearable clothes. –Maya Singer, Style.com.
“some great signature knits and [...] a skirt suit in Victoria Bartlett’s latest collection”