Lela Rose Resort 2022
Influenced by time recently spent out west in Jackson Hole, Wyo., (and of course, her Texan roots), Lela Rose’s resort collection made the case for home comforts in tandem with the return to the joys of dressing up. (In true Rose fashion, the looks are meant to enjoy with crudités and cocktails.)
Rose’s wrapped, shawl silhouettes (styles the New York designer finds herself often wearing out west) tacked on the back of dresses or in the form of easy jackets, as well as her use of fringe, needlepoint embroideries (inspired by a vintage rose brooch which the designer had found years ago), burnout plaid velvet and turquoise belt accessories (borrowed from Rose’s personal collection) brought forth the western feel in a playful, fresh way without losing its sense of polish. The collection was even shot against a haystack background.
The look: A juxtaposition of cozy and cocktail, all of which offer sophistication, femininity and a joyful spirit for nights in, drinks out and a return to the office place.
Quote of note: “After these past seasons, though, there is something pretty spectacular about the cozy warmth and humble beauty of home. It is time to celebrate it all,” the season’s inspiration stated.
Key pieces: Standout playful knit sets with needlepoint “summer rose” and “summer sunflower” decoration (luxe sweaters and cardigans with matching midi skirts) — also rendered on needlepoint fil coupe cocktail frocks (a strapless number with fringed detail); a fringed topical wool column skirt set; solid, simpler evening gowns in enticing chartreuse, emerald green and petal pink; a grouping of antique crewel work-inspired frocks (one of the best in a column silhouette), and matching separates, in both “multi” — and “periwinkle-multi” colorways.
The takeaway: Rose’s way of reinterpreting the same floral blooms through different fabrications on fashions that ranged from more-so casual to luncheon and evening-ready made for a compelling collection.
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