Suffer in the name of fashion. That's not an adage VPL designer Victoria Bartlett adheres to. "It's really about the sensuality of the clothes and the fabric," she said of her Resort collection. "Not necessarily a specific theme."
Theme or not, she revisited several concepts from her Fall collection, continuing to play with imbalance and juxtaposing high and low fabrics for a comfort-meets-chic look. One of her most successful ventures in this area was a black French terry T-shirt dress with a blue stripe of neoprene (borrowed from her swimsuits) for contrast. A body-hugging, washed metallic pencil skirt with white rubber piping also looked smart. A cropped cocoon jacket paired with camel riding pants was her feminine take on men's suiting. For all of the oppositions at play—masculine versus feminine and high versus low—it was a winning collection.