Victoria Bartlett found inspiration inside the body, deep down to the umbilical cords, for her VPL Fall 2011 collection, which ebbs and flows between draped silhouettes and more sculptural pieces. Inspired by artists Piero Manzoni and Joseph Beuys for their multi-textural sculptures, Bartlett created languid one-shoulder jersey dresses, leather tops, latex trench coats, textured jackets, angular boiled wool skirts, along with nylon accordion-pleated pieces inspired by Dustin Yellin to replicate her idea of hard and soft, or what she calls “stretch and fold.” The collection also features warmer hues like deer, wood, iron oxide, gold, and orange, counteracted with cooler options such as aluminum and steel.
With the tagline “underwear, outerwear, anywhere,” former stylist Victoria Bartlett launched her underwear-inspired label VPL, inspired by sporty pieces that embody a subtle approach that is both sexy and comfortable. VPL designs allow what was formerly under the surface to become an apparent and integral part of a woman's overall wardrobe. The brand now includes handbags, shoes, and jewelry.