by Angie Verhaegen
The Lela Rose Fall/Winter 2011 collection is inspired by the work of painter Gerhard Richter. The concept is to focus on the image rather than the reference, the visual rather than the statement. Lela Rose has created fabric prints that embody the style of this artist, including obscure imagery and hazy, filmy treatments. You could also see these fabrics in the “*Lela Rose* for Payless shoes” collection, which consists of fabulous colors, textures and classic styles in combination with new shapes and playful details.
It’s no surprise that Lela Rose chose an artist to be her inspiration, Lela Rose grew up in Dallas where she was majoring in painting and sculpturing. In college she had a business making vests and vintage scarves that made her decide to move to New York and go into fashion. In 2001 she garnered attention when she designed the outfits worn by Jenna and Barbara Bush at their father’s presidential inauguration.
The Lela Rose collection for Fall/Winter 2011 consists of numerous pieces that all have a classic silhouette with a whimsical twist. Using sheer fabrics and filmy printed overlays she manages to create an innovative collection based on the works of contemporary artist Gerhard Richter. She uses sculpted shoulders, strict silhouettes, scraped prints, dip dyed silk, printed feathers and blurred chiffon to create fragile illusions while increasing layers of veiled tulle are used to expose prior layers.
Filament embroidered mohair, hand-loomed organza and burnished brocade in colors such as sapphire, smoke, silver, deep green and copper bring a painterly palette to the collection. Through finely detailed separates, dresses and jackets, she has established herself as a distinguished designer once again.
“My philosophy of design is about creating beautiful, hand finished clothes that exude a casual luxury and refinement” – Lela Rose
That philosophy was emphasized at Mercedes-Benz fashion week Fall/Winter 2011…