September 10, 2008
"Velocity" was the title of Victoria Bartlett's showand the collection did indeed show that she's speeding in the right direction. The season's theme was aviation, but Bartlett kept it from getting overwhelming. There were lots of cleverly worked airplane and pilot details, from nylon straps to rolled, ballooning sleeves to cords that ran through knits and tees. A black parachute jumpsuit was one of the best examples of the genre we've seen this season (which is saying a lot). Save for a pop of hot pink that looked terrific on Bartlett's new swimwear, the palette was desaturated. The collection won't appeal to everyoneactually, the Sopwith Camel-esque jodhpur leggings probably won't appeal to anyonebut the Bartlett brand is flying higher than ever.