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.