December 04, 2013 New York
The wrought-iron birdcages dotting the backdrop of Lela Rose's Pre-Fall lookbook weren't just decorative styling props—they were actually the starting point for her latest lineup. The designer was attracted to the cages' undulating lines and filigree forms. She channeled her inspiration into silhouettes (flattering bell-shaped and A-line skirts), fabrics (iridescent fille coupe jacquards and swirling lace), and scrolling prints. Among the highlights here were a baroque-patterned blouse and slim trousers set, as well as embroidered tulle T-shirts and Rose's signature cocktail dresses. Keeping in mind the collection's early-summer delivery time, Rose made sure to include plenty of options for warm-weather weddings. The graphic black-and-white frock with a sheer, spongy mesh hemline would be an ideal choice for celebrating a close friend's vows.
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