Amidst a sea of full feathered jackets and leather skinny jeans, Lela Rose provided a dose of elegance and glamour to the fashion week plate this Sunday morning. Citing the dishes of chef and artist Ferran Adrià as her inspiration, Lela Rose’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection was as classic as a New York weekend brunch with a dose of the daring in the form of breathtaking jewel tones and modernized silhouettes.
As always, the majority of Lela Rose’s pieces were stunning in their simplicity. Navy striped split-length coats, sheer polka-dotted gemstone overlays, and embellished cable knit sweaters contributed a sense of refined preppiness to the more casual pieces. The cocktail dresses were notable for their gorgeous bodice and drop-waist shapes, cut in shimmering silks and tulles; the type of dresses that stand out without neglecting to flatter their wearers. The pieces that drew a visible reaction from the crowd were a silk magenta strapless gown with a sweetheart neckline, and a yellow two-piece skirt and boxy top set—bold without breaking the collection’s consistency.
Models wore shimmering gold eyeshadow and configurations of rhinestones at the temples, offset by a simple double-braided updo. Strutting to well-produced pop music like Lorde’s “White Teeth Teens,” they wore delicate but creative heels, such as the chrome-toed stilettos with a wave shape in the inner heel—all of which were collaborations between Lela Rose and Jerome Rousseau. Once again, Lela has proven that uptown grace prevails through the trends, and this fall needs not be frigid when wearing light, floaty florals and coats that shine.
Ariana DiValentino is a senior editor. Email her at [email protected]