From the moment I saw the first model walk down the runway I was hooked. Lela Rose’s Spring 2010 collection centers around the sun faded palette of Alex Katz and the splashes of saturated color seen at Venice Beach. Combining texture and blocks of color, silhouettes resemble sculpted surf wear while soft wave and cascade shapes bring an ocean feel to the collection. Wrapped skirts, seamed sheaths, and sport jackets are redefined through sunset tweed, matte stretch linen and daybreak printed cotton. Cashmere t-shirts and paneled cardigans in colors such as highlighter, grass green and watermelon bring an effortless balance of casual and luxury.
Lela’s pieces are just plain pretty. I find myself reaching for many of my Lela Rose pieces when I am searching for that perfect dress, fun top, or skirt that can pack a punch. The lines are always graceful and the details make her pieces modern and unique.
The above stripe comes in fuschia as well as navy blue and I got the skirt shown above as well as a tank top in the same pattern- I cannot get enough of stripes!
This top also comes in a dress. The acid yellow, grey, and seafoam blue look beautiful together. The geometric print has a modern edge. Perfect with white jeans or a skirt.
I love this dress! It makes me feel like a 1960’s barbie- in a good way. If you have purchased Kelly Wearstler’s new book the colors will look familiar. The fabric looks a lot like Kelly’s new office featured in Hue.
This fabric is simply stunning in person. It is very soft to the touch and the brush strokes resemble feathers. A totally modern take on classic black and white.
The perfect dress for a garden party or for your rehearsal dinner. This fabric reminds me of my wedding dress ( more on that below).
Tie-dye is big for spring and this dress fits the trend. It also comes in a flowing top. The colors are beautiful and the fabric is so soft.
All 3 of the above outfits jump out of the Alex Katz painting shown here. The skirt pattern is fun with greys, blacks, and blues. You could pair this with a simple white t-shirt and be ready for the day. The orange dress looked stunning on the model. Such a lady-like drape in a totally modern punchy color. I adore the emerald green dress with the tealy blue razor flutter edge. The body is one piece of silk but the detailed razor edge has several blue and green pieces on top of one another. These pieces flutter when you move. Amazing!
This neon yellow dress felt very 1960’s glam. The print and color are totally modern. It also comes in a floor length gown.
Lela Rose’s aesthetic of adding whimsy to elegance through brilliant color and hand crafted details has brought a fresh point of view to modern American fashion. Lela was raised in Texas and went to school in Colorado where nature, its surrounding landscapes, and the sublime colors it offers have long been an inspiration. Today, Lela continues to draw from these early influences as she designs clothes for the modern sophisticated woman who embodies a spirit of effortless elegance.
After graduating from Parson’s School of Design in 1993, she went to work with two esteemed designs, Richard Tyler and Christian Francis Roth. There she honed her love of couture fabric as well as fanatic attention to detail. In 1998, Lela’s vision and passion compelled her to create her signature collection, Lela Rose. Through intricately designed and finely detailed separates, dresses and jackets, Lela has established herself as a renowned designer.
The Lela Rose collection is built on a design philosophy of creating hand finished clothes that exude a casual luxury and refinement. The beautifully embellished fabrics are the foundation of this innovative collection and speak to the elegance of its personality with a nod to the era of glamour.
In fall 2006, Lela Rose launched the Lela Rose Wedding collection. She expanded into footwear in 2007, partnering with Payless Shoes to create the Lela Rose for Payless brand of fashion forward shoes at an extremely affordable price. In 2009 Lela launched Lela Rose Bridesmaid.
With such incredible successes under her very stylish belt she is one to keep your eye on! You can find her pieces at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and Net-A-Porter.com among other stores.
Lela stitched my name and Jays along with our wedding date onto the inside of the skirt for a personal touch.
The V in the front of the dress was mirrored in the back. I wanted a very simple silhouette with a more organic material used on the bottom. The entire dress was made of a washed silk and the modern tatted lace was attached over it.
Bridesmaids dresses colors were inspired by the hydrangeas that were all over the property. She copied a dress that had gone down the runway for fall. She has now added a similar style to her Lela Rose Bridesmaid collection:
Lela even made the sash for my little flower girls dress:
An interview with Lela Rose and my favorites from fall 2010 to come soon!