February 09, 2000
Inspired by such iconic references as the film Grey Gardens,The Jockey in Paris and model Lisa Fonssagrives, John Bartlett presented a vamped-up, tongue-in-cheek collection that alluded to a bygone era of whimsical glamour. Bartlett relied on classic prints such as checks, chevron stripes and houndstooth, and reworked them in all shapes and sizessome blown up so large that they were barely recognizable. Adding to the "erotic heiresses" theme were sexy fuchsia and chocolate leather pieces, capes with high-ruched necks and transparent tops. A couple of figure-hugging, double-knit wool jumpsuits, perfect for après-ski in Aspen, closed the sexy presentation.