September 11, 2004
Still carrying a torch for Michael Phelps? VPL can help. For her first effort as the sole designer, Victoria Bartlett created a collection that included activewear, lingerie, and separatesall inspired by the Olympics. Her show/installation was staged at the Gym, a sparkling new high-tech workout facility, and she put the models through their pacesliterally. They rode the bikes, skipped rope, and lifted weights in Bartlett's voile cardigans and tees, bandage racer tops, boy-cut panties, and Lycra leggings, sometimes augmented by Josh Hickey's ingenious "beads of sweat" necklace. But all the showmanship didn't overshadow the evolution of the line, thankfully. What started out as a small underwear project two years ago is turning into a real collectionwithout breaking a sweat.