JOHN BARTLETT FALL 2010 – AN ALPINE HIKE WITH FUNK!
John Bartlett is a designer after my own heart. A nature lover and a man with his feet planted firmly in reality, his design aesthetic is consistently modern-preppy; rugged-outdoorsy; military; plaid; understated pale and warm neutrals with amazing pops of color (my personal favorite… burnt orange).
Here’s a novelty in the fashion world! John’s clothes can be taken directly off the runway and worn! No theatrics for John Bartlett, his clothes are beautiful, amazingly crafted, detailed pieces that are meant to be adapted to everyday life.
I was especially excited to attend John Bartlett’s Fall 2010 Runway Show since he was including a womenswear capsule collection along with his menswear. Bartlett’s collection was inspired by D. H. Lawrence’s English countryside with nod to Lawrence’s transcendentalism (that's my assumption), and a dash of the 70’s cool (corduroy suits and flared legs). Bartlett’s Fall 2010 collection was like a walk in the woods… right down to the sun/windburned cheeks of the models who looked as if to be returning from a brisk hike. Flashing in front of me were elegant neutrals, warm browns, and greens. Beautiful bright orange, purple and blue popped up in just the right places. Just like nature intended!
The clothing was elegant alpine hiking, including amazing hiking boots; tweeds; tartan plaids; a gorgeous colorful houndstooth; and distressed leather… everything a fine gentleman or gentlewoman needs for a mountain hike… maybe to collect some rare specimens for an Edwardian terrarium?
What an amazing experience to see this collection, in all it’s tweedy, plaid, leather and layered rich warmth during New York City’s biggest snowstorm of the year… as if walking out of the snow into a beautiful chalet in the Swiss Alps.
To quote John from his blog: “God Is In The Details... and ‘she’ creates those little extras that the wearer will treasure for years to come (one hopes at least.)”
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