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Pamella Roland gets Zen the moment with delicate Japanese-inspired collection

Pamella Roland gets Zen the moment with Japanese-inspired collection

Pamella Roland spring 2015 collection Look 19
Pamella Roland light blue/navy strapless silk faille dress with obi flounce and cherry blossom motif beading. Photo courtesy of Pamella Roland
Fashion Week spring 2015 Pamella Roland
Pamella Roland metallic floral organza gown with draped overlay. Photo by © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Fashion Week spring 2015 Designer Pamella Roland and her husband Daniel DeVos
Designer Pamella Roland and her husband, Daniel DeVos. Photo by © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Pamella Roland spring 2015 collection Look 12
Pamela Rolland ivory/lilac floral organza fil coupe dress. Photo courtesy of Pamella Roland
Pamella Roland spring 2015 collection Look 27
Pamella Roland brush stroke printed/hand painted metallic organza gown. Photo courtesy of Pamella Roland
Fashion Week spring 2015 Pamella Roland body-con dress
Pamella Roland ivory/taupe basketweave jacquard dress with hand origami folding.   Photo by © Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Pamella Roland spring 2015 collection Look 17
Pamella Roland stone blue silk basketweave gazar dress with corded bands. Photo courtesy of Pamella Roland
Pamella Roland spring 2015 collection Look 19
Fashion Week spring 2015 Pamella Roland
Fashion Week spring 2015 Designer Pamella Roland and her husband Daniel DeVos
Pamella Roland spring 2015 collection Look 12
Pamella Roland spring 2015 collection Look 27
Fashion Week spring 2015 Pamella Roland body-con dress
Pamella Roland spring 2015 collection Look 17

NEW YORK - The Tokyo Summer Olympics aren't until 2020 but U.S. designers are catching the Japanese wave early with spring 2015 collections that incorporate exquisite origami folds, kimono-influenced patterns and intricate floral fabrics.

Roland was so taken with a recent trip to Japan that she created a collection that infuses the spirit of the Gardens of Kyoto and the works of Japanese artist Toko Shinoda.

Pamella Roland, a featured designer at Elizabeth Anthony, was so taken with a recent trip to Japan that she created a collection that infuses the spirit of the Gardens of Kyoto and the works of Japanese artist Toko Shinoda, developing a pattern based on his abstract brush strokes.

 She opened her collection with a series of Zen-like creations in white or pale pink, adorned only with a obi belt or braided cord at the waist or dotted with hand-painted cherry blossoms.  

Then she shifted to floral and lace dresses and evening gowns — her specialty — beaded in a rock garden or bonsai motif, in fish-printed silks or with an obi flounce at the hip. The look is a bit toned down and reflective from Roland's usual sparkly standards, but nevertheless makes a striking fashion statement.

Like Texas designer Lela Rose, who also featured a confident Japanese-influenced collection, Roland showcased some creations with a exposed triangle opening just above the navel. It's a unique look, although, as I previously mentioned, it takes an unusually confident woman with unusually taut abs to flaunt that part of her body.

Roland closed her collection with a strapless wedding gown with a flowing train that floated behind the model as she dramatically walked the runway. The designer is launching a namesake bridal collection in fall 2015 and, from this first hint of what's to come, she's likely to be successful.

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