Guests at the Pamella Roland runway show during New York Fashion Week were keeping their eyes out for top officials in the Trump administration since controversial Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is the designer's sister-in-law. But the focus was all on fashion as Roland steered clear of politics to concentrate on her collection.
“I think it’d be ridiculous if people ascribed politics to my clothes. I make beautiful clothes and people want to wear them," she told the website Refinery 29. "I wish this craziness would just pass.”
For her fall collection, Roland honed in on art with an homage to Mark Rothko, reflected in muted shades of aubergine, amethyst, garnet and onyx popularized by the acclaimed artist, often in textured, hand-painted multi-form patterns.
While Roland showed several edgy daytime pieces, including a feathered sweater and blouse in a tobacco shade, worn with a black lace-up skirt or black leggings, her forte is evening wear. She showcased dozens of glittery gowns, ranging from a body-hugging gown in brushstroke shades of amethyst and onyx to a barely-there illusion tulle gown with copper crystals in all the right places.
And her closing look, a grey sequined gown with ostrich feathers, has full-on princess potential. The collection will available in Houston at Elizabeth Anthony.
While Roland will continue to dress deVos — "She’s been one of my No. 1 customers for years. And she look great in my clothes,” the designer explained — she has fans across the spectrum.
Actress Vanessa Williams attended the show in a Pamella Roland strapless jumpsuit, comedienne Amy Poehler wore a Roland gown to last fall's Emmys, and singer/songwriter Rachel Platten wore a Roland gown to the American Music Awards and a white pantsuit by the designer to the recent Sony Music Entertainment Post-Grammy reception.
Platten also appeared at the Red Dress Collection the night before the Roland runway show in a gown created by the designer. Platten is the writer of “Fight Song,” the unofficial anthem for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and was a strong Clinton supporter.