Lela Rose Fall 2012

When & where: Sunday, February 12 at 11 a.m., the Studio, Lincoln Center
Runway recap: Having a loyal base of well-heeled socialites and ladies-who-lunch as your clients must be a wonderful thing, but what separates Lela Rose from the social pack is her ability to make clothes that aren't just pretty—they're interesting too. Rose often draws inspiration from unusual sources—this season, Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava—which results in intriguing patterns and unique colors, often combined in thoughtful ways. This translated to grid-like geometric motifs constricted in checkerboard-like prints and blown up to abstract effect. Vivid shades of orange and magenta ran throughout the collection, adding a shot of brightness to all the black-and-white pieces. And, of course, there was plenty for evening as well, with embroidered tulle and chiffon gowns that subtly referenced the geometry of the previous looks. It was a perfect example of a theme and variations, and based on the audience's reaction, I think we can expect to see a lot of these looks on the fall-winter social circuit.

Bonus points: Ever the gracious hostess, Rose gave every seat in the house a gift bag stocked with goodies from Stila, Essie, Arcona, and Commando.
Where to buy: Visit lelarose.com for store locations.

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