Sunday, September 20, 2009
Fall Fashion Week: designs by Lela Rose premiered at Bryant Park
Lela Rose Spring 2010 Ready-to-Wear; Louis Lanzano, AP Photos
If my memory serves me, I don’t recall a single black garment on the runway.
Lela Rose created a comfortable ambience at her Sunday show, utilizing calm and blissful colors to showcase her designs. The palette was well-balanced with an edgy subtlety—not a contradiction, but a brilliant interpretation of wearable bright hues. Even the ever-popular, eye-scorching neons were presented in a classic, fun way. Via the program notes, Rose cites artist Alex Katz and the familiar, saturated colors visible at Venice Beach as inspiration. Grass-green, sea-glass blue, navy, orange-crush, dove grey, magenta, and shell pink truly do reflect the playful serenity of a vibrant, ever-evolving California beach and the trademark, color-splash prints made by Alex Katz.
This spring, look for unexpected color-blocks—not just horizontal color swatches. Also, incorporate metallic without overpowering your outfit; look for designs that draw attention to the center interior of a garment. Purchase patterned skirts and tops, each in individual color-groups; this allows for an easy contrast between the two items that is still compatible regardless of their own busy designs.
Shape and Fabric:
Unique twists and knots, exposed backs, rolled sleeves, layers and tiers, exaggerated hips, and asymmetrical tops dominated the looks of Lela Rose’s Spring 2010 collection. Blazers with rolled-lapels caused an eye-catching, doubling effect—the fabric layers resemble the beautiful roll of ocean waves. Soft pleating on skirts—equipped with pockets and slightly pointed hips—helped to maintain a feminine form. The raked tops, chiffon blouses, and tweed skirts prominent in Rose’s collection are sophisticated yet approachable; for example—a t-shirt is the bright hue of orange-crush, soothed by its cashmere fabric and silk side panels.
Keep your eye out for impeccably designed and structured pieces; however, find pieces with movement. Sheath dresses and open-back dresses can be unexpectedly flattering and sexy (Rose’s ivory ribbon lace sheath dress). Pay attention to details—embroidered belts, rolled necks, and cascading detail took the pieces in Lela Rose’s collection to the next level.