On a recent trip to Chicago's Art Institute, Lela Rose
fell for an old flame: Gerhard Richter. Influenced by his hazy newsprint paintings and his technique of scraping paint away from the canvas, Rose took the ideas of his prints and, in the case of paint-scraping, his method, and applied them to Fall. A blurred plaid looked great on a silk chiffon dress with a long, airy train; earlier, for day, a simple sheath popped in a layered print of overlapping hues. The silhouettes had a certain strictness: Shoulders were nipped and tucked, waists cinched, necklines high. The structure was balanced out by Rose's use of diaphanous fabrics; lightweight yarns and chiffon were woven together for an illusory heaviness. On the very clearly pretty side of things, Rose dip-dyed feathers for an ombré effect. They looked best gently trailing off an embroidered miniskirt, like paint drippings.