Saturday, February 23, 2013

Lela Rose Fall 2013

As usual, no runway show ever starts on time during Fashion Week. Lela Rose was no exception, yet I welcomed the wait as it gave me the opportunity to read her collection's inspiration in the press packet. When I spotted a "Grimm Fairy Tales" reference, I instantly feared this overplayed theme and secretly prayed to not see dark witches and sugar sweet princesses prancing down the runway. Pleasantly surprised, I found Rose's Grimm take whimsical and beautifully subtle.




Rich colors of autumn dominated the runway like ginger, emerald greens, and burnt orange with patterns that mimicked the textures of dark woodland forests. Rose's strength lies in her cocktail dresses, which teased with a bit of wickedness through a touch of lace and sheer fabrics in midnight blues and blacks. The silhouettes remained ladylike, tailored and figure-flattering, with hem lines that grazed just below the knees.

The floral printed off-the-shoulder dress, the golden silk with lace, and the strapless brocade embodied the beauty and charm of fairy tales...


...while the A-line dresses with billowing skirts that fell mid-calf were striking in their refreshing and airy looks.



Rose's full-length gowns weren't as strong as her cocktail dresses, and were restricted to a palette of cream, black, and beige. Lace and silk combined for a romantic and dreamy quality. By far the best look was an unexpected knit sweater with pearls, strikingly paired with a long silk skirt etched with lace patterns. Truly magical.


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