After a brief excursion across the prairie this Spring, Luella Bartley
returned to the city for Fall, with a smart collection aimed at prepsters
with a rock 'n' roll edge.
Bartley clearly spent time in study hall; she has the preppy vocabulary down
cold, from three-quarter coats with toggle closures to navy poplin pieces
with red topstitching. Also on the syllabus were pinstripe shirts, chunky
sweaters, soft corduroys and lots and lots of denim (including the show
opener, a mini-trench worn by Gisele).
Although the collection was entitled "Some Girls" (the Rolling Stones were
featured on a CD given out to accompany the show), Bartley can clearly be
mother's little helper, too. Sweet jersey dresses, a simple navy sweater
that buttons up the sleeves
or a swinging, boxy black-and-white jacket easily jump the generation gap.
And moms with hippie inclinations will definitely want to sneak into their
daughters' closets for the superfly fringed belts by Katie Hillier or the
nifty white sheepskin jacket.
While some of the '70s references were stretched too farlike a poncho made
from red leather
hearts crocheted togetherthe collection as a whole put a fresh, modern
spin on some ever-popular classics.