The Lela Rose Spring/Sumer 2012 show began in darkness, to the tune of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Every time the music swelled, I expected the lights to flick on and a model to begin strutting down the runway—and every time it didn’t happen, the anticipation grew! Pretty soon, the audience began singing along, and before we knew it, the song switched to Foster the People’s hit, “Pumped Up Kicks” (which, according to the guest next to me was one of the most-played songs this season).
According to the designer, her Spring/Summer 2012 collection was inspired by “the broken neon signs that dot the landscapes of Las Vegas and Coney Island.” (Source.) The influence definitely showed in the bold colors that dotted the garments and intricate patterns outlined in black. Some of the the top trends included…
A neon yellow circled top and honeycomb-printed dresses highlighted this fun trend. Following the pattern of other prints we’ve seen so far this season (Richard Chai, Vivienne Tam), they were boldly colored, small, and generally compact in design. Possibly mind-boggling from far away, but definitely breathtaking up close.
Two pieces cut from the same fabric caught my eye—a shift dress and pencil shirt that appeared to have paint in purple, green, orange, and navy splashed across them. The fit of these pieces was impeccable, and the skirt was complimented nicely by an orange circle overlay tank and long orange jacket. Another garment’s paint-like pattern was reminiscent of Libertine FW11.
Towards the end of the show, the clothes became more traditionally feminine, in shades of lavender, light brown, and pale pink. A sweet tulle skirt and dress were embellished with what appeared to be very small pom-poms (a la Richard Chai); a more evening-appropriate dress featured a sheer keyhole back and small flowers, which must have been hand-sewn, embellishing the neckline and hemline.
I came across Anna Sophia Robb as I rushed to get backstage, where I saw Susan Sarandon, her daughter Eva Amurri, and Mandy Moore. Also seen front row: Brad Goreski and Robert Verdi.
As for street style, I captured the looks of two beautiful ladies post-show. One was stunning in a Jil Sander colorblocked dress with matching fuschia lipstick; the other, grungey-chic in low-cost pieces from H&M and thrift stores. She wanted me to make sure I mentioned that she got her shoes for only 5 Euros—what a steal!
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by Heather (headbandit)
Runway images via Style.com