The Designer: Victoria Bartlett
The Look: Resort played like a VPL "best of" collection, with the designer's signature motifs—a winningly tense play on masculine/feminine, edgy/elegant, lingerie/sportswear—on display. Split-knee leggings were both sporty and subversive. A beige tank dress looks classic on top, but look again: the bottom half is a sheer mesh twin of the upper, complete with bondage-esque arm holes grazing the wearer's calves. Bartlett employed drapery to great effect on a one-shoulder trompe-l'oeil cocktail frock. Sweaters are sheer to allow for a glimpse at the bra (or lack thereof) beneath. And a two-tone wrap-front dress is cut low to reveal a sensuous swath of skin and—to keep things from veering into vulgarity—a slinky bandeau bra. Hmmm...can't decide whether to reveal or conceal? Bartlett's got you covered on both counts.