It was a fairytale on Sunday morning at the Studio in Lincoln Center. Lela Rose’s fall/winter 2013 collection, inspired by The Brother’s Grimm, encapsulated the feel of one of the classic stories in whimsical frocks and elegant separates.
Lela is known for her classy party dresses and wedding gowns, so it came as a surprise when retro-patterned separates first appeared on the runway. The pieces were still wearable and ladylike, but they seemed out of place once the dresses began to appear. The fairytale truly arrived when pops of gold, splashes of a pink in ombre effects, crystals and feathers finally appeared. Black raven’s lace even adorned when least expected on delicate white silk, making it an ideal dress fit for a fairytale wedding with a twist.
Lela created a real life fantasy world down to the dreamy, yet upbeat music—which I had to Shazam because I couldn’t get it out of my head (it’s Ash Tree Lane by MS MR in case you’ve been aching to know). Ranging from playful to even dark in the collection was a pleasant departure for the designer. Though, while some designers would create over the top designs for this theme, Lela kept everything to her tasteful and feminine roots.