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New York…John Bartlett

John Bartlett was obviously in no mood to send waif models with painted on pants down the runway. Instead, he went back to a time when men dressed like men, and celebrated relaxed silhouettes. Inspired by “men of the road,” Bartlett mixed what is probably the best of modern dandy with “Grapes of Wrath” perseverance. Wool sweater vests had a low scoop neck and were tucked into loose fitting trousers, giving an even more enlarged profile. Exaggeration was the name of the game as shoulders looked even more broad than usual due to the cinched waists. A relaxed leather jean was a standout piece, as was the delicate rosettes that adorned overcoats.

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