Olympus New York Fashion Week: Monday
After attending several shows, you quickly learn the difference between a well-run show and a woefully unorganized disaster. Pamella Roland's show on Monday tended more toward the latter. After waiting in a rather long check-in line (the PR company appeared to not have called anyone with seat assignments), I found out I had a standing seat, and even though I was near the front of the line for the standing section, I was one of the last people allowed into the tent--meaning there were a lot of unhappy invitation holders behind me who didn't get in. I then had to squeeze onto the end of the riser inside and got stuck behind a rather large man who hindered my view. It was not the most comfortable 15 minutes of my life, but thankfully fashion shows are short. Since this was also the first show I had to stand through, it was also my first without a "run of the show" sheet, which lists all the looks (and usually the models also). The show, when it finally began, got off to a promising start with a Prada-esque linen coat, tie-dyed blouse, and pleated skirt, but everything afterward, while sharply tailored, was for, well, a slightly older customer. Take, for example, this suit--while evocative of the emerging metallic trend for spring, it's definitely a bit older.

I thought this trench coat was a better execution of the metallic trend, although I'm not sure how I feel about the black lace trim. Well tailored, though, and feminine.

While there were some pretty classic suits, this dress really displayed the designer's tailoring skills. Granted, John Galliano did this sort of thing 10 years ago, but it's still a beautiful dress.

She also sent some great tunics down the runway, with even greater metallic belts. This voile tunic was lightweight and easygoing, and I'd totally wear it.

Safari jackets are apparently back for spring, as they tend to be every other year. I am not the hugest fan of them, but this one was well-tailored, and wearing it with a pretty floral chiffon skirt balances out the severity of the tailoring.

There were a bunch of dresses throughout the show, many with pretty ombré effects and ruching. I think this one would be nice on a young ingenue at a movie premiere.

So while these clothes weren't exactly cutting-edge, they were well made and aimed at a particular customer. However, next season I suggest upgrading to the bigger Promenade tent to accommodate everyone.

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