VPL Spring 2011

VPL debuted their Spring 2011 collection recently. Read the runway review from Style.com below…

This ought to be a very good Spring for Victoria Bartlett. For the past year or so, the influence of her line, VPL, has been glimpsed in hints and snatches, as other designers began to assimilate Bartlett’s sui generis vision into their own collections. Any time you saw a pair of high-waist underpants worn alone, or caught sight of a bandeau bra and a wink of skin below a cutout top, you couldn’t help but think of VPL. This season, the line’s influence is really making its presence felt: Overlap layering; visible underpinnings; transparent and skin-colored fabrics; asymmetry; athletics-inspired silhouettes; loose, long draping; bolts of neon against neutrals; construction in conversation with anatomy. These are some of VPL’s key motifs, and they are starting to emerge as a lingua franca of Spring ’11.

Bartlett, for her part, isn’t budging. Her show today explored the signature VPL themes from a new angle: the idea of suspension. The concept was executed more and less literally. Suspenders, halters, and apronlike construction hung garments just off the body; elsewhere, draping created a similar anti-gravitational effect. The look was especially appealing on open-back knits, trapeze dresses, draped jersey pants that ought to fly at retail, and a standout hood-less parka. Tailoring got a workout, too. One of the strongest looks was a flared, short-sleeve jacket of silver linen, paired with matching peg-leg pants.

*See our client’s collection and behind the scenes footage HERE.


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