“I am really an architecture buff, and I love Santiago Calatrava, who’s a Spanish architect,” Lela Rose said to us moments before her fall show. “He talks about these poetics of motion and romance and fluidity, yet he’s this architect working with steel in very linear ways. This collection is about the dichotomy of long, lean, angular silhouettes combined with romance and fluidity.”
Angular yet fluid it was, as well as elegant, but still sort of fun. Graphic floral and digitized plaid sheath dresses with sharp shoulders and sculpted waists in navy, pumpkin, cream, black, mustard, and magenta were shown alongside delicate yet heavily embellished red carpet-worthy frocks with sweetheart necklines and mesh paneling.
The shoes followed suit as well. “The stacked heels resemble architectural beams in a rounded, arched way,” said Rose, who also told us that she’s continuing her longstanding collaboration with Payless Shoe Source, and eight pairs of the heels that hit the runway will be available for purchase come fall.
To bring Rose’s inspiration full circle, even the hair and makeup—crafted by Ted Gibson and Tina Turnbow respectively—followed the same M.O. Notice Gibson’s off-to-the-side French twist, usually a stern, straightforward style that’s been softened by its atypical placement and pompadour front. And then there’s the red lip—it’s not the strong cherry or candy apple which we’re used to seeing on the catwalk--it’s a softer brick hue clearly defining the curves of the Cupid’s bow.
Can you see yourself in Rose's curvy lines?