NY Fashion Week Fall 2012: Lela Rose

As soon as I read Lela Rose‘s inspiration in the show package, I had a feeling I was going to love the collection. Inspired by the work of Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, Rose’s show centered around “the fusion of structure and movement”.  As an architect, sculptor and engineer, Calatrava’s merging of form and function spoke to Rose. It was this balance of geometry and fluidity that she translated into the collection. As a result, this was one of my favorite Lela collections I’ve seen at fashion week. Anchored by stronger day and outerwear pieces, I found the sporty tailored approach totally appealing . And the evening pieces had a simple linear elegance I loved.

This very first double face graveled wool coat is right up my alley. It’s streamlined shape and ease of wear is what I look for.

This blurred plaid shell, trouser and coordinating embroidered jacket had an elegant structure.

One of the themes so far for the fall seems to be black and white with bright color. This zig zag wool double collar jacket and sulfur knitted sheath work together in color, pattern and texture

Another theme for fall is blue and black. I adore this navy mélange brushed wool knit sleeve coat and of course pairing it with the orange skirt is right up my alley.

Here again is the first coat, worn with an embroidered sweater and bright amber silk seamed skirt. Rather than the mix of all brights we saw for spring, we are seeing it as a singular pop, toned down with neutrals for fall. Love the play of textures here.

The linear lines are present here in this elegant navy wool seamed dress, paired with the more fluid pattern and shape of the hazed floral silk arched sleeve coat. So pretty together.

I really related to Lela’s evening collection this time round. The strong elegant lines with beautiful embroidery were a perfect combination as seen here in the dark navy body with tulle top

or in this black silk faille with embroidered tulle sleeves.

Here the flow of the ivory silk cloque dress is anchored by the twisted metal embroidered  details on the shoulder

The column structure of this carbonized silk draped dress is again softened with the tulle.

Of course she had to include a piece with a peplum – we are seeing them everywhere.

The sculptural lines of this dress are beautifully expressed in the flowing ivory floral chiffon and soft sleeve – so simple and elegant, just like  the long linear lines of Calatrava’s cable stay bridges.

One of the final gowns was this gorgeous deep magenta threaded silk dress,

capping off a collection that perhaps even Howard Roark would love. I know I did.

All photos: Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com

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8 Responses to NY Fashion Week Fall 2012: Lela Rose

  1. Love this line, and it is so classic. I am so happy to see the feminine, soft fabrics coming back. I lost count of my favorites.
    Thank you for sharing, Stacey.
    Happy Valentine’s day to you and your family. I saw the beautiful roses on twitter!
    Teresa
    xoxo

  2. She really has come so far over the years, non? Lovely and wearable but with her own twist to it.

  3. lindab says:

    Not a dud in the group. Love the range of gravelly grays. The mustard/turmeric is delicious. The beet red in the last evening gown is gorgeous. I love blue and black together. The cinnabar skirt… wonderful structure and movement. First coat ensemble…amazing. We can wear these! Thank you.

  4. Lisa Porter says:

    That navy wool seamed dress, paired with the floral silk arched sleeve coat is just fantastic. The evening gowns…I could go on and on…so beautiful.
    Thank you Q!

    X O Lisa

  5. I think the navy mélange brushed wool knit sleeve coat is a must-have!! It’s perfection. I’m surprised to see the peplum return everywhere since I thought it was done last year! Beautiful evening – I love the blue embroidery that floats on the tulle and I too, love black with navy. Beautiful!! ox

  6. That floral silk coat needs to come live in my closet. Gorgeous collection – I love how Lela Rose is always classic and pretty but never boring. I hope you are enjoying a very stylish fashion week!

  7. I love these designs–classic, elegant, timeless-but almost practical. Amazing. Thanks. Mary

  8. Gorgeous! The red dress and the final gown are my favs!

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