The Clothes: Roland certainly wasn’t afraid to serve up some drama this season. The color palette may have been almost exclusively black and white (with some sunshine yellow thrown in here and there), but Roland breathed new life into the monochromatic scheme with sleek and structured, yet romantic silhouettes. This collection was heavy on evening looks, and rife with black tie elements like sparkle, shimmer, saucy cutouts, and a tuxedo stripe or two for good measure. (Roland was rocking a tuxedo stripe pant herself). The standout look? A flowy, black, white, and gray color-blocked cold shoulder gown with black beaded turtleneck collar and cuffs. I’ll take one in a size 6 please and thank you.
Hair and Makeup: Decidedly classic. Hair was slicked back into low buns, and models donned cat eyeliner and nude lips.
Soundtrack: Chill, modern easy listening. Think good elevator music. I did appreciate the little bit of Al Green that was played–you can’t go wrong with “Let’s Stay Together.”
The Vibe: Not too crowded, but you definitely had to put in work to get good photos. But you could probably say the same for all presentations.
The Front Row: June Ambrose (who I’d just snapped at Rebecca Minkoff, was she following me? Probably.), Jay Manuel, Ramona Singer from The Real Housewives of New York City.
WTF Moment: Not really WTF, but it was very sweet. Cristen Chin Barker (aka Nigel Barker‘s stunning wife, aka the luckiest woman in the world) was at the presentation, helping Pamella out with everything.
Celebrity We’d Most Like to See Wearing This Collection: Since Kanye only allows her to wear black and white, this collection would be perfect for Kim Kardashian.
What the Designer Said: “The inspiration is the iconic American designer Ellsworth Kelly who is very known for sleek, simple lines. His paintings are very simple, black and white–that’s why I did some tuxedos that actually look like an Ellsworth Kelly… We kind of took some of his paintings and said, ‘What can we do with these?’ and that’s how the whole thing started.