LELA ROSE AUTUMN/WINTER 2015-16 READY-TO-WEAR NEW YORK
Lela Rose dedicated her Fall outing to a beloved vacation spot: Wyoming. It was a nonliteral reference; after all, Rose’s first languages are fil coupe and guipure, not Pendleton and denim. She conjured up motifs of the American West quietly through an uptown-girl lens of fringe-cut failles, feathers, and gingham, all the while sticking fast to her signature shapes and unapologetically feminine fixations. Rose would do well to diversify her silhouettes: The parade of sheaths, fit-and-flares, and crop tops with A-line skirts grew fatiguing at a certain point. She was on the right track with a longer, boxy metallic brocade button-down and a straight-leg trouser. To that point, the most commendable efforts here were the casual daytime separates (a category that’s hardly synonymous with the Lela Rose name), like a black cardigan with a back fringe detail or a plain cotton voile blouse with shades of Herrera around the edges. A few more pieces like those would do a lot to diffuse all the sweetness elsewhere.