"Seventeen and not yet a woman" were the appropriate
lyrics that opened Luella Bartley's fun, pop-themed and
hard-edged presentation. Along with newly appointed
Bottega Veneta designer Giles Deacon and ber stylist
Katie Grand, Bartley is intent on bringing London
attitude to staid, somber Milan.
And it's a welcome change of pace. Channeling early '70s English street style, Bartley showed tiny denim dungaree dresses, drainpipe jeans, frayed miniskirts and oversize men's jackets. Striped shirts with matching ties, mohair duffle coats and massive bombers in suede and sheepskin showed that skinheads can appreciate a bit of luxury as much as anyone else. Accessories included massive denim patent-strap bags; all looks were shown with classic Dr. Martens combat boots.
Bartley may not be at the forefront of innovation, but her well thought-out, carefully planned collection scored plenty of hits and provided a strong conclusion to a sometimes dreary Milanese fashion calendar.