Lela Rose Spring 2014: Artistic fashion, fit for a gallerist

Lela Rose’s familiar, pretty aesthetic is fit for a stylish gallerist who prefers intellectual pieces with a decidedly feminine touch.  This was apparent in the dresses and skirts that coolly flowed down her Spring 2014 runway.  The most interesting pieces were accented with black lace woven to resemble wood grain: one white silk dress was notable for its lace-covered shoulders and detailed circular embroidery surrounding the skirt, making the most of an otherwise spare blank canvas.

The clean lines of mid-century modern furniture, particularly Danish industrial designer Arne Jacobsen’s famous Egg and Swan chairs, were the primary inspiration behind this collection.  In an obvious interpretation, a citrine-colored sheath dress with satin curvilinear raised seams running down the length of its front and back was a bland representation in an otherwise good show.  However, as if to make up for it, a long light blue skirt with block-patterned fil coupe impressed with its resemblance to the sweeping glass ceiling of the British Museum’s Great Court.