Fall 2010 Collection
“In a season full of colorblocking — one of VPL’s hallmarks — Victoria Bartlett’s collection still managed to stand out. From chunky knit sweaters and accessories to liquidy draped tops and sharp dresses, Bartlett used several rich textures to set the lineup apart. A sequin bandeau under a stunning metallic slouchy sweater kicked up VPL’s sportif vibe a notch, and a shimmery bra and panty set under a belted cardigan paid due homage to VPL’s innerwear origins. In the finale styles, Bartlett really let loose with ropes and braided fabric on paneled bodysuits. But even when she went overboard, like in the closing braided fur romper, it was still all in fun.”—WWD
“Is Victoria Bartlett picking up cues from Lady Gaga and, more recently, Ke$ha? The sheer volume of briefs-as-pants the designer turned out for Fall is a strong argument. Or it could just be seen as classic VPL (which stands for “visible panty lines,” remember). Whatever the reason, underwear-as-outerwear was an even stronger-than-usual focus for Bartlett this season. In addition to her classic color-blocked underpinnings, she showed a patchwork bodysuit with cutouts, gold sequin bandeaus, and a flesh-toned spandex crop-top-and-biker-short combo. That’s not to say the models were sent shivering down the runway. Most were swaddled in some kind of enviably cozy topper—a pressed faux-fur sweatshirt, say, or a metallic wool cardigan. “For me, it’s always about things that are falling off, splitting apart, and being put back together,” Bartlett said when interviewed in her studio the week before her show. Case in point: some sliced jersey dresses with slipping shoulder straps and open backs—too open, perhaps; it’s tough for those of us without catwalker proportions to imagine wearing said numbers outside the house. Still, in a crowded fashion-week schedule, kudos to Bartlett for creating her own distinct look. And, amid the variety of today’s offerings, there was something for every girl—even us non-models and non-pop sensations—to slip into.”—Romney Leader, Style.com.
Photo: Dan Lecca for VPL