2009 September 14
(New York) Lela Rose
On the first sunny day after a rainy stretch in New York, Lela Rose’s Sunday morning show was a welcome sight. Inspired by Venice beach and the “sun-faded palette of Alex Katz,” Rose presented a collection that was as pretty and ladylike as always, but with a sporty more casual twist. Colorblocking, stripes, and splashes of neon color brightened up Rose’s separates and cocktail and day dresses. The spring collection will deliver to the Lela Rose customer just what she wants: a young (but not trying-to-hard), flattering (dresses and skirts that drape without adding volume will be certainly appreciated), and fresh wardrobe.
The Daily’s favorite cha-cha queen brought a sense of exuberance to her collection this season, which she described as inspired by both a vintage kaleidoscope and the 40th anniversary of Woodstock. Looks were playfully over the top without veering into costume territory: piled-on pearl and crystal necklaces, mixed-up floral and “erosion” prints, and on-trend looks like elaborately draped jersey harem pants. Of course, Acra’s red-carpet offerings will not go unnoticed (in fact, Acra is off to LA for Emmy dressing almost immediately post-show): a poppy-red strapless gown is a glam no-brainer, while a neon sulphur draped number is perfect for the more adventurous starlet.
Diane von Furstenberg
Mon dieu, DvF, what a delightful mixed bag of inspiration! Phoenix, pre-Raphealite, the orient were all gathered at De-ahn’s oasis collection bringing utter joy to a fairly subdued and safe season.
To top it all, models wore Ceasar-esque wreaths of gold leaves, the telling symbol of a designer who is not resting on her laurels.
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