VPL by Victoria Bartlett / Spring 2011 / New York Fashion Week
There’s no denying VPL designer, Victoria Bartlett, knows what’s up. So much so, in fact, her latest outing’s theme was “suspension.” Translated into an array of ultra-modern pieces, Bartlett exposed suspension’s varied oscillations.
In its most literal iteration, suspension came as a two-piece dress connected together by loose tug’n’pull suspenders. Another look featured a cuffed-overall with pendulum-like cords used for height adjustment. Bandeau tops were built to reveal stilts beneath, trapeze dresses swung as one, and tights were held together by visibly cernous seams. One look drew upon suspension in a different way – equating the utilitarian aspects of rock-climbing with the theme – a two-piece bathing suit came affixed with none other than three tiny tool slots. Perhaps suspension’s lightest interpretation appeared in the form of slightly sheer cocktail dresses shown with sole straps to the neck.
Bartlett has made clear her love for underwear-as-outerwear in the past and has continued with the ethos for Spring. Several looks played on the aesthetic with skin toned transparencies, peek-a-boo reveals, visible overlaps, and diaphanous materials. The palette was comfortable and cool, beginning with slate’s and developing into lighter gray’s, Bartlett toyed them with nude’s and rust’s.
Altogether, VPL’s latest run was a good one. Even if it was a tad sprawling (49 looks in total), knowing the line has sustained itself season-after-season speaks to its peerless positioning and singular stronghold.
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