Looks like fall is going to be quite the season for me, what with all the nude tones in designers’ fall runaway shows and the introduction of a new color combination called ‘greige’.
Yep, greige. As you can probably guess, greige is a blend of grey and beige that produces the nicest neutral shade — one that won’t render your skin appearance sickly. This also means that my fall shopping list has been cut in half due to my perpetual flesh-toned wardrobe — much to the dismay of my credit card, I’m sure.
Among the designers who sent models decorated in nude and greige threads was Victoria Bartlett of VPL NYC (nude just also happens to be her signature color). Bartlett’s F/W 2010-2011 collection, Shadows, encompasses her familiar color-blocked lingerie in a bevy of monochromatic tones and fabrics.
In an interview with Net-A-Porter, Bartlett revealed that Shadows was inspired by ‘things falling apart and the notion of dissecting the body’. This idea of ‘falling apart’ is echoed in the pieces within the collection that display de-constructed silhouettes.
Bondage-like lingerie styles are juxtaposed against oversized shapes with asymmetrical hems and draping, while chunky knit trim contrasts with delicate nude fabrics.
Another motif in Bartlett’s new line was patchwork patterns, as seen in her 70s-esque bodysuits which happen to recall the Lake & Stars recent collection.
Yet while we may not be strutting down the sidewalk in a nude bodysuit with yarn trailing a foot behind us, there are some stand-out pieces which you can integrate into your autumn wardrobe.
My picks are the metallic sequin bra and panty, which layered under a belted chunky knit cardigan yields a relaxed-but-glam look, while the grey velvet athletic-inspired bra and brief is very much on cue with the velour trend this fall.
Eager to get a piece from Bartlett’s Shadows? Some of the F/W collection’s styles are now available at VPL’s online shop.
The gallery below is from VPL’s runway show, with a photo of Bartlett herself at the bottom.