DANCE, DANCE REVOLUTION
Bartlett doesn’t have a dance background, per se, but that hasn’t stopped the art form from informing her aesthetic. “It’s to do with the whole movement of performance,” she tells Ecouterre backstage. “I just personally love dance.”
“It’s to do with the whole movement of performance,” Bartlett says. “I just personally love dance.”
Indeed, Barlett’s constructions are such a feat of engineering it’s all we can do not to break into a sudden jeté. Tautly twisted around the contours of the body or falling away at gentle angles, the looks evoke the effortless, sinewy grace of a pirouetting ballerina. Forget the Rodarte sisters. Natalie Portman should have palled with Bartlett for Black Swan, instead.
It’s probably no coincidence that we last spoke with Bartlett at the Healthy Food in Fashion Gala. The former stylist can’t stop thinking about eating. “My colors are always slightly edible,” she muses. “We’ve got a purple plum and also a turmeric.”
“My colors are always slightly edible,” the former stylist muses. “We’ve got a purple plum and also a turmeric.”
Print-wise, Bartlett took a snapshot of braided hair, then blurred and enlarged it beyond recognition. Coupled with what she describes as “furtive glimpses of skin,” the result is at once organic and digital, restrained yet sensual.
Although the lineup includes genuine animal leather, mostly shoes, Bartlett mixes things up with vegan pieces, as well. “I like to show the options,” she tells us. “I really do want to [phase out leather], but it’s hard because a lot of faux things aren’t great for the environment, either. I think it’s the responsibility of the people creating it.”
“The people,” for now, includes Bartlett, who is launching a line of vegan shoes for spring. She prefers her customers to judge her for her style first, however, and materials second. “It can be a selling point for people who want it,” she told Style.com in November. “But otherwise, it’s just fashion.”