An interview with menswear designer John Bartlett by Nell Alk. Photos 1-3 by Dan Lecca. Photo 4 by Nick Ugluizza.
CFDA award-winning menswear designer John Bartlett returned to the fashion scene this week with his SS13 collection, a comfortably tailored, richly hued, linen-based line. While the visionary produced a nuanced presentation last winter, his first showcase in some time, this past Tuesday at noon the talent reestablished himself as a formidable figure within Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The last time his eponymous label rocked the runway in such a high-profile capacity, MBFW’s tents were erected in Bryant Park.
Bartlett’s resurgence is cause for celebration. A commitment to ethical fashion—rejecting animal-made materials and embracing the genuinely eco-conscious—sets him apart in the industry. In fact, I’m told Bartlett’s is the first show—ever—to stage at the official MBFW venue while explicitly foregoing the use of animals for clothes.
Of course, values in fashion can’t work without the “fashion” part, and Bartlett, as ever, delivers. This time around, his expert eye for playful luxurious style is lasered in, from head to toe, on long-underestimated linen. “Linen is the most sustainable fabric besides hemp. Even over cotton,” he explained to us onsite, minutes before 21 handsome men strutted their stuff for a room packed to capacity. Read More…