February 11, 2014 New York
A metallic floral bomber and skirt set early on felt youthful and cool; even sequin pants had a certain breeziness to them when paired with a handsome navy jacquard jacket in a geometric print. But even before eveningwear rolled around, the unrelenting glitz had begun to feel fussy and insistent; Lurex, ombré sequins, beaded fringe, lamé, satin, mesh, tiled sequins, and more sequins. Scarcely a look in the bunch went unembellished.
It's no secret that Roland's designs aren't what you'd reach for when popping out to the grocery store, but there was a cloying opulence to this collection that made her Spring offering look positively spartan by comparison. It didn't help that at nearly 50 looks, many felt redundant. While it may have been the thirties Roland cited as her inspiration, it's safe to say that Fall had more in common with the excesses of the twenties.