It seems that prairie girls are here to stay, at least
according to Luella Bartley, who decamped to New York
this season. To a blaring soundtrack that included
everything from "Sweet Home Alabama" to "Get Ur Freak
On," the London designer sent out a cavalcade of
country gals decked out in trailblazer skirts,
embroidered dresses, off-the-shoulder tops, frayed
denim skirts, and Navajo-inspired wrap coats in vivid
The American West motif eventually gave way to an array of candy-colored looks that included a playful pink-and-blue striped blazer, a piped rose sundress and several bright yellow knits that will be just the thing for a summer weekend in Malibu. Bartley's accessories also hit the mark: The outrageous combination of Pocahontas leather socks, pink cowgirl boots, wide-brim floppy hats, multicolored woven belts with streamers (courtesy of Katie Hillier), dangling fur tails and feather embellishments somehow managed to make perfect sense.
If the audience's gaze occasionally strayed off the runway, don't blame Bartley. The sight of Venus and Serena Williams in the front row, the next day after their historic U.S. Open match, proved too much for most to resist.