Summary: The Lela Rose Spring collection was a richly-hued kaleidoscope of femininity. The looks were perfectly finished and wearable, and the designer worked pailletes and spangles in with more skill than any other designer so far. The colors, truly fulfilling the kaleidoscopic effect in a jewel-toned array, ranged from yellow sapphire to lapis lazuli blue to fire opal orange on a range of drop-waisted dresses, racer-back tanks, and minis. The prints–ikat, spectrum, heat map and abstract plaid– sent me spinning in the best way. Alternating red and blues came together on the heat map tank, a bright piece that will surely be snapped up come Spring ’09. And the designer left the crowd wanting more with four evening gowns. The lurex burnout chiffon gown, an ivory and silver sequined work of art, will surely grace a red carpet. Overall, it was impossible not to get entranced by Rose’s kaleidoscope– and no one wanted to resist anyway.
Color Palette: Lazuli, Navy, Fire Opal, Yellow Sapphire, Jade, Ocean Blue, Flax, Moonstone, Ivory
Fabrics & Textures: Ikat, Ink Jet Plaid, Abstract Plaid, Lurex Burnout, Birds-eye Cotton, Silk Faille, Pailletes, Heat Map, Spectrum, Dip-dye, Organza, Chiffon, Linen, Silver Foil
Key Looks: flax silk tank dress with full skirt and necklace detail, fire opal check paillete tank dress, lurex burnout chiffon tucked scoop neck gown, jade silk one shoulder ruffle gown
– Hayley Wells