>John Bartlett’s fall 2010 collection – the English country squire

13 Feb

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TEXT, VIVIAN G KELLY-VANZUTPHEN
Images, courtesy of John Bartlett
Wednesday night, Feb. 10th, the Wall Street area, NYC

This was our first show of Mercedes-Benz NY fall 2010 Fashion Week. After slogging through as of yet unplowed snow, we were excited to see one of our favorite designers’ latest. You’ve got to love John Bartlett – he’s been beaten down, most recently for his participation in the ill-fated Liz Claiborne deal. A fellow editor told us she’d picked up a dozen or so shirts for her boyfriend at deep discount for $10 a shirt!
Despite the setbacks, he always manages to get up and come back for another round, and always, with a big smile on his face.
He showed equestrian chic with perhaps a reference to a long-ago lumberjack themed collection. The men’s’ and women’s’ looks were quite similar and worked well together. There were some great textures – wide wale corduroy, neutral tweeds and herringbones accented with some brilliant orange here and there. The women’s collection in particular was Ralph Lauren-ish in a “life at the country estate” sort of way. For the hunt ball, there’s a black satin tux with a matching bowtie for the guys. As always, Mr. Bartlett added a little bit of edge, this time by way of leather tees and gauntlets.
If you like vest and the English Country Squire look, you’ll be all over this collection come fall.

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