The Show: Lela Rose Spring 2013
The Theme: While Lela Rose stayed true to her signature whimsical aesthetic, this season’s collection was updated with a certain ethereal quality. The designer was inspired by the work of poetic artist Jim Hodges, and it could not have been more apparent. She translated Hodge’s floral installations and chain webs with distinctive detail – textured, organza gowns emblazoned with silver blossoms met bodice dresses covered in mirrored lace. Metal necklines completed garments the way cobwebs cross a path that leads to a garden. With a peppy, feel-good soundtrack, we were transcended into a mystical world where nature’s landscapes reigned supreme.
The Color Palette: Sherbet hues of coral and pink were cooled with teal, sky blue, and lavender. Jewel tones in yellow and jade saluted Lela Rose’s AW12 collection.
Best/Collection’s Signature Standout Look: Tailored trousers were printed with cobalt blue flowers or embroidered with symmetrical guipure in a way that was structured, yet delicate. And while modestly draped dresses made for elegant silhouettes, the webbed chains brought about a certain edge. But perhaps the most unexpected looks were those that appeared first – camouflage pieces contrasted pale, tweed suits with linear stitching, and woven plaid was highlighted with a pop of neon – proving that nature can be quite pretty, yet undeniably powerful.