Spring 2013 Ready-to-Wear
September 10, 2012 New York
Pamella Roland is known for her fluid, feminine gowns that are a hit with the red-carpet set, but the winds of change were blowing for Spring, and Roland showed a monochromatic collection featuring stricter silhouettes and more separates, in keeping with the designer's personal style. Wearing a sharp tuxedo suit at the presentation similar to look 3, Roland said she's always been more of a pants girl, "but we became known for our dresses, so I just went with it." A peplum tank with sheer side insets was shown with a slim pencil skirt, while simple shifts with graphic "maco" beading were inspired by Ellsworth Kelly's streamlined black and white paintings (Roland is an art buff and is on the board of trustees at the Whitney Museum). These linear pieces were a nice change of pace for Roland, but overall, eveningwear was still the clear victor here. We predict one of Roland's starlet clients will scoop up the standout look, a dramatic, caftan-inspired number with a beaded halter neckline and cutout shoulders, for an upcoming awards show or film festival appearance.