June 11, 2009 New York
Lela Rose is adept at inflecting her sweet, graphic silhouettes with imagery culled from various cultures. For Resort, she was looking at traditional Japanese motifs: An abstract poppy print jazzed up a button-front frock, waist-cinching belts were folded in the hakama style, and a classic L.B.D. came with an obi-like sash. Rose also enjoys juxtaposing casual elements with special ones—she did so here with a cotton men's shirting dress slicked over with clear sequins—but in general she focused less on jeweled necklines and intricate embroidery and more on tactile fabrics. A clean-lined shift with a doilylike lace overlay was particularly strong.
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