June 05, 2013 New York
Formalwear is the designer's bread and butter, so it's important she deliver in that category. A red carpetdestined number in chartreuse was pretty if out of place, its fluidity going against the rest of the collection's subtle structure. A lipstick red peplum bodice would have looked chicer matched with a pair of cigarette pants instead of a mermaid skirt. However, she did well with allover sequins, creating a cool honeycomb pattern for a short-sleeve dress that had a young, unfussy feel. Indeed, getting a design cliché like that right is no easy feat. "For a few seasons, I thought the world was over sequins," Roland said. "But women started to dress up again, and I realized they're never really gone."