Pamella Roland – Pre AUTUMN/WINTER 2015-16 READY-TO-WEAR

Coverage. Not an easy thing to pull off in eveningwear, but it’s what Pamella Roland’s customer wants. For Pre-Fall, the designer made a point of offering more than a few sleeved gowns, managing to forgo the frump so often associated with additional fabric. A berry-colored boatneck number glided over the body, and the draped back of a champagne satin column softly skimmed the shoulders. Time spent in Paris over the past year served as what felt like tangential inspiration for Roland. The season’s jumpsuit, for instance, was done in hand-painted French lace. “It’s what the stylists are asking for,” the designer said of the trendy piece. Indeed, while Roland’s tendency to overdo it wasn’t totally brushed away—neoprene appliqué flowers maybe aren’t so effective on a formal ball gown—the collection was generally on point. An ombré-dyed mink coat with python accents was something that Roland’s most-coveted client, the kind of woman who buys gowns at full price a few times a year, would love to make part of her repertoire.

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