NEW YORK — Given her family name, it only seems natural that Lela Rose incorporates a floral theme into her designs.
Her spring 2016 collection, unveiled at New York Fashion Week underneath a canopy of upside down pink tulips suspended over the runway, with a pink tulip on every seat, features a variety of dresses, gowns, tunics and jumpers dotted with hand-cut embroidered flowers, magnified poppy prints or stamped metallic brushed florals.
But there's not a rose in the collection. Rose realizes that would be just a little too gimmicky.
The Dallas native, who has a large and loyal following in Texas for her breezy, feminine-yet-fun designs, is right in tune with next spring's emphasis on florals. Just about every designer is showcasing flower-print designs and bold colors.
But Rose's collection also has an ethereal feel, with sheer overlays — see-through organza slacks with a silver metallic stamped V-neck blouse or silver-fringed tweed top and an eye-popping fluorescent corded lace gown are among the looks that show a hint of skin without showing too much.
Neon-hued tweed and thread beading add a dash of color to a soft palette of coral, light gray and ivory. And tiny embroidered flowers freshen up an organza jumper and a smart V-neck dress with a 3-D look.
But some favorites from the collection are simpler: A pale pink jumpsuit with a modernized bow in front and a sleeveless trench in the same shade evoke a modern attitude that needs no embellishment whatsoever to make a point.