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The trend emerged in the 80s and early 90s and was popularized by the Queen of Reinvention (Madge) on her Blonde Ambition tour; wearing your private undiegarments as very public outergarments was seen as a trend that would hopefully die quickly. But Victoria Bartlett took the dreaded acronym for "visible panty line" and used the letters VPL to create her fashion line in 2003. Bartlett decided to capitalize on the undies as mainstream fashions to launch VPL as sophisticated dresses and separates inspired by underthings. What do we mean, you may ask? Well, sleek, formfitting dresses with exposed bra-like bodices and other such garments are de rigeuer staples of the collection. Next week on Dec. 4, Bartlett will visit fashion forward Bucktown boutique P.45 to preview her "deconstructed bling" Resort 2013 collection from 2-7pm. However, the trunk show portion of her in-store appearance begins at 11am. Checking out the event would be a great chance to get your transition wardrobe before it's overexposed to the VPL-loving public.
· P.45 [Official Site]