What: Lela Rose fall runway show.
Where: Skylight at Clarkson Square during New York Fashion Week.
The look: The Dallas native introduced a darker and more sophisticated look for fall, with leafy textiles in deep blue shades and floating shapes with bell sleeves, cocoon tops, tiered dresses and textured turtlenecks. There are plenty of day-to-night dresses that Rose is known for in the collection, but the big revelation came in the sultry evening wear, ranging from a smart crepe pant and peplum top trimmed with shiny gold filaments to a slinky gown with a gold bodice of hand-embroidered metallic quills and nude illusion back.
And Rose introduced separates — nifty two-tone off-the-shoulder tops, jacquard button-front skirts, crepe trousers — to give her clients more options.
What's special: For the first time, Rose offers three looks for sale directly from the runway, a blue geometric shirtdress ($2,995), a moss embossed gazar bell sleeve top ($995) and matching pencil skirt ($795), and a black-and-white optical rib knit skirt($1,295) and a black crepe knit top with organza overlay ($995).
A poignant note: In her program notes, Rose praised her team for taking up the slack for her after her father, Dallas philanthropist Rusty Rose, died unexpectedly only a couple of weeks before the runway show. "They are the real reason that we have been able to put forth this effort today and for that, I am forever grateful," she wrote.