Lela Rose’s Manhattan home was designed around the idea of entertaining—elegantly and ambitiously (to wit, there’s a glass table that descends from the ceiling to accommodate guests). And Rose’s clothes are just the sort you might expect to see on some envy-inducing hostess: polished yet commanding in their sheer femininity. For Pre-Fall, the designer turned an eye to a work by artist Michael DeLucia that hangs in her living room, an enormous piece of wood. At first glance it appears to have been shredded by a human hand, but as Rose explained, it was actually done using lasers. Appropriate, considering the precision of so many of her garments, such as a tailored guipure lace frock and a shimmering fil coupe ball skirt. The eveningwear is sure to win a lot of hearts, but Rose whipped up nice daytime pieces, too, like fit-and-flare dresses in a tomato red hue borrowed from that DeLucia. Even stronger still was an exquisite blush dress with dense, pseudo-Victorian embroidery mimicking (as the seemingly un-inked designer herself told it) tattoos.

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