Victoria Bartlett is moving into the sports arena. The designer reconfigured her business this season to “Get back to the beginning of VPL, which was always about body and movement.”
While those roots had more to do with fusing sportswear and lingerie, this time around, Bartlett melded activewear and sportswear for her “Fashion Active” collection.
Staged in Chelsea’s Avenues School gym, Bartlett teamed with Bari Studio body-sculpting gym. Models paraded onto the floor, stopping at elaborate wooden platforms where instructors guided them through various exercises.
It proved a good way to showcase the tricked-out gymwear, like the low-slung fleece shorts layered over a sport brief and paired with a fleece cropped sweatshirt and asymmetrical bra top.
Standard fare like bike shorts, tanks and loose hoodies were layered, and bright colors amid the stretchy fabrics gave the items serious street cred.
Bartlett’s recent interest in tech fabrics helped spur the line: “We have fabrics with seaweed extract, vitamin A and silver particles that act as an antibacterial, UV protectant and antisweat agent.”