Luella Bartley's woman doesn't just walk. She strides, and occasionally stomps and stamps. In other words, she's got a righteous dose of rock 'n' roll attitude fueling her every move, and the wardrobe to make it work.
Bartley started her spring collection with a dose of the classics, done her way: full-leg trousers slouching low on the hips, a crisp oversize shirt tucked into tiny shorts, a kilt cut short enough to qualify as a belt, a skinny polo dress worn with a claw necklace, and of course, a pair of her superskinny jeans with a schoolboy blazer patterned in her trademark apple print. The colors started out in country club neutrals like white, navy, and khaki, with some doses of kelly green and bright blue. It wasn't too long, of course, before Bartley turned to her own classics: more of those skinny trousers and blousy men's shirts, now in hot colors (orange, pink, lime), plus lightly flounced minidresses, wild python motorcycle jackets (worn, for example, over a minuscule bikini), and lots of her covetable handbagsall shown atop high-heel spectator pumps perfect for announcing your arrival.