VPL - 2006
Designer Victoria Bartlett, a native of Gloucester, England, founded irreverent label Visible Panty Line (VPL) in 2003. After attending the London College of Fashion and creating sketches for H & M, Bartlett was an editor at Allure and later became the fashion director for Interview magazine.
VPL designs allow what was formerly under the surface to become an apparent and integral part of a woman's overall wardrobe. Bartlett's sporty pieces embody a subtle approach that is both sexy and comfortable.
Bartlett has consulted as fashion director for Theory and has collaborated with Report Footwear to design shoes and boots. VPL is featured at high-end retailers in New York, Los Angeles, Paris and Japan.
Notes from the Runway: New York Fashion Week, February 2006
Victoria Bartlett presented VPL's sexy, refined collection for Fall Fashion Week in New York. Billed as "sensitive and delicate," all of Bartlett's designs, including a small selection of cashmere knitwear, were free-flowing and utterly wearable. A sophisticated color palette-neutral shades mixed with greens and blues-highlighted the textures and energy of Bartlett's designs. Double-faced viscose, cotton Lycra in boy-cut shorts and "bandage bra" tops were the order of the day, anchored by the designer's line of eclectic footwear for Report.
Notes from the Runway: New York Fashion Week, September 2006
Victoria Bartlett's Spring 2007 collection at New York Fashion Week echoed the designer's esoteric and artistic influences, culling inspiration from wall paintings by Richard Long, words by feminist Margaret Fuller and art by land sculptor Andy Goldsworthy.
Nautical accents flourished, with drawstring rope belts, flowing fishtail trains, broken sea glass necklaces, splatter-print scarves and brightly colored tops. Echoing the evolution of VPL from lingerie to sportswear, Bartlett presented dresses, jackets, skirts and pants, cleverly crafted in lightweight cotton and shimmering fabrics across a grey, rose and alabaster palette. With garments that billowed and bubbled, the VPL show stirred images of a life aquatic.