Feb 10 2010–Even a blizzard couldn’t keep NYC’s fashion elite from attending Bartlett’s Autumn 2010/2011 presentation. The CFDA Award recipient presented a 70’s inspired collection filled with luxurious tactile fabrics and a decidedly muted palette. When asked about his muse for the collection Bartlett cited the country side and the 1969 Film “Women in Love”. It wasn’t hard to imagine these pieces lounging by a fireplace in an expansive cabin, with a large mug of hot cocoa or a sifter of Brandy in hand. Warm and inviting each piece evoked a feeling of cool comfort while maintaining a sophisticated aesthetic.
With the 70’s in mind it was refreshing to see models on his runway that either lived during that era or were at least born before 1980. In our youth obsessed culture it’s a rare sight indeed to watch models of all ages strut down the runway. It was a pleasant change of pace to more grown up models in Bartlett’s tastefully tailored tweeds and butter soft leather. When asked about the copious amounts of animal hide used in this collection, John simply remarked “I love to work in leather”, and it shows! Only loving hands could have crafted the lovely leather blouses and collared shirts worn on the catwalk.
Bartlett who is known for creating clothes to flatter a “real man’s” physique did not disappoint his loyal fans. Wide leg and flared pants worn beneath soft sweaters and luxe blazers bring to mind a warmth and ease that only the right cuts can provide. The ladies weren’t left out this time as this showing also marked the return of Bartlett’s women’s line. Though inspired by the menswear, this line retains a softness and femininity marked by flattering cuts and a simple sophisticated silhouette. There appears to be no place in john’s world for sky high ankle shattering pumps or barely there ensembles. Bartlett’s woman is one of style, grace and most importantly ease.
One of the biggest snow days this season was also the debut of a stellar collection. Inspired by the past but looking toward a promising future Bartlett’s pieces carried enough heat to melt the snow drenched city. Warm, inviting and wearable, this show was HOT!
***If you are in New York City, be sure to John Bartlett store!
143 Seventh Avenue South @ Charles Street
New York, NY 10010