It was a trip to Cannes, its history, and some inclement weather, that served as the inspiration for Pamella Roland’s latest collection.
This season, her red carpet gowns (and formal, luxurious raincoats—hence the inclement weather), were modern takes on ‘60s classics. Classics, in the truest sense of the word, as Roland informed me backstage, that the ’60s in Cannes, were origins of the first official red carpet.
Channeling the idea of “Jackie does Cannes,” Roland tweaked the mod formalwear of the period, modernizing them with fabrics, shapes, and volume. Shapes were a big thing in this collection, represented on cocktail dresses with mesh honeycomb beading or in hexagonal Plexiglass appliques. The most prominent theme in the collection was the floral fils-coupe, which Roland silk screened on top of a key piece in her collection, a sheath dress, framed with black silk satin that was transparent along the bodice. Many of Roland’s pieces had an airy quality to them, like a blush silk faille strapless dress that swung all flirty from the waist in a jaunty flip, or coats with airy cocoon backs that fell from round, mod collars.
And another thing: Roland has perfected the red carpet raincoat, as we’re dubbing it. Her trip to Cannes included plentiful rain, so she created a dramatic, practically floor-length version, pressing lace under vinyl. With that addition to their closet, Roland’s clients can remain red carpet ready in rain or shine.