Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear
September 09, 2013 New York
Pamella Roland attended the Cannes Film Festival for the first time last spring, and this season's collection was inspired by sixties starlets on the Mediterranean red carpet. (It rained a lot on Roland's trip, so she threw in a few raincoats, just in case.) You could feel the actresses' influence in the capes and trains that trailed behind the eveningwear and in the shape of a few dresses that were demure and Grace Kelly-esque with their full skirts and accented waists. There was a mod mood, too, with bursts of color-blocking breaking up the predominantly neutral palette and a beaded geometric motif that recurred on several looks. The beading was hit-or-miss. A sparkly honeycomb overlay on the opening dress was interesting enough, but the gridwork that made up the sleeves and yoke on an otherwise fine ivory crepe jumpsuit looked like a style trap best avoided. In general, it was the embellishments that faltered, like too-heavy black Plexi beading and mirrored hexagonal ornamentation. But underneath the add-ons, Roland benefited from using lovely fabrics this season. Silk faille, crepe, and jacquard all lent the simply constructed clothes a special-occasion air.