Victoria Bartlett delivered this season’s VPL collection via video rather than presentation. It made sense since she showed the performance gear in motion — on women running, dancing, skateboarding, doing yoga and playing tennis.
Utilitarian textiles included UV denim and antiwicking and scuba fabrics, worked on those quirky multipurpose sport/fashion looks that Bartlett does so well. There were sweatpants with silver tuxedo stripes, color-blocked gussets on baseball jackets and a great-looking nylon puffer in rose-and-black. All the requisite bloomer shorts, leggings and knits were there, too.
Activewear is now a fashionista favorite for urban street gear, but Bartlett was one of the first designers to see its double-life potential. For fall, she continued to give the niche new vitality.