September 10, 2011 New York
Though faded, accents of lime, lemon, and tangerine still popped against grainier surfaces treated to resemble rust. A painterly print in purple and yellow looked great on jacquard cocktail gowns, especially the one worn by Eva Amurri in the front row, whose wedding gown Rose is designing. (Mother-of-the-bride Susan Sarandon was there, too.) Using the negative space left by letters in signs, Rose color-blocked on silk dresses and tees; these had a sporty, curvilinear feel that was echoed throughout in curved seams and strong shoulders. A few dresses suffered from an overdose of embellishment. One organza tank dress in electric navy had a midsection of fringe that looked like a Sesame Street character who'd gotten involved with a boudoir lamp. But most pieces had ease and elegance—Lela Rose specialities. You'd never have guessed it began in Vegas.