VPL: Jersey Layering and Deconstruction

"VPL is all about the anatomy. It spawns from the geography of the body. And this time it's about cutting and splicing, falling apart and putting back together," explained designer Victoria Bartlett before her show this morning. 

Indeed, deconstruction definitely ruled her runway.  Layers of thin jersey seem wrapped on the body, partially torn off and then re-sewn together, giving off a kind of cool art teacher vibe.  Then there were the huge, statement necklaces designed by Orly Genger and Lizzie Fortunato. Genger's pieces were made of layered rope and Fortunato's had all sorts of large geometric shapes.

The shoes, done in collaboration with LD Tuttle, were mostly clunky, low-heeled boots--some reaching the knee, others stopping at the ankle.  Against the flowing, thin jersey, the boots added some nice weight and gave each model a cool stomp down the runway. 

And while there were some of terrific one-off pieces like a shiny, gold motorcycle jacket, the collection will resonate most with people who just love to pile on the layers.

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