Lela Rose Spring 2014: Mid-Century Beauty

It's a fact: Lela Rose just knows how to make pretty clothes. For spring, she found her inspiration for those beautiful clothes in the work of mid-century Danish industrial designer Arne Jacobsen.
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It's a fact: Lela Rose just knows how to make pretty clothes. For spring, she found her inspiration for those beautiful clothes in the work of mid-century Danish industrial designer Arne Jacobsen.
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It's a fact: Lela Rose just knows how to make pretty clothes. For spring, she found her inspiration for those beautiful clothes in the work of mid-century Danish industrial designer Arne Jacobsen.

"I was in Copenhagen in [the restaurant] Noma, and it's filled with all these mid-century references," Rose told me before her runway show. "It was so interesting, because I've always loved mid-century design but this restaurant was using it in such a modern way."

Indeed, the lines of the collection mimicked swan and egg chairs, some of the most famous mid-century furniture pieces. Black lace was cut to look like woodgrain--a brilliant, and gorgeous, touch.

The color palette was, as with many collections this season, mostly black and white. Rose punctuated the collection with tones of blue, pink, and a Chartreuse green that she loves, but it's the black and white that lets the tailoring shine.

"I wanted things to look so architectural, and you'll see embroideries done by line drawings," she elaborated, "and the black and white is a great way to push that idea through."

The stunner was the finale gown--a white silk dress with black lace accents and a cutaway detail in the back revealing incredible pleating that would be perfect for bridal. And the hair, a birds-nest at the nape of the neck, was filled with gold flakes--and though I'm certain it was unintentional, they would flutter out of each model's hair as she walked the runway, lending an ethereal feel to the whole proceeding.

Photos: IMAXtree