The Spring 2013 Pamella Roland collection, presented at Avery Fisher Hall, offered an assortment of sleek dresses and day to evening separates, a new direction for the designer influenced by her own lifestyle as a mother and entrepreneur. The collection was comprised of fifty pieces, focusing on an effortless transformation from day to night, paying homage to the iconic American artist, Ellsworth Kelly. Strong, geometric lines combined with a predominantly neutral palette, created a modern yet classic elegance. Focusing on neutrals in shades of black, white, grey and taupe, the pieces were occasionally infused with pops of cobalt blue, yellow and blush. Classic silhouettes were updated with embellished collars and tasteful back cutouts, creating an easy transition to evening wear.
Exquisite fabrics such as silk crepe, raw silk, silk taffeta, and lurex cotton tweed were prevalent throughout the collection, producing timeless pieces that were ready to wear. Classic shapes were further modernized by additions of grosgrain belts, exposed zippers, and beaded embellishments. The models themselves exhibited the “less is more” look throughout the collection, with a slight winged eye and minimal make-up by Laura Mercier and Robert Greene, and tight hair buns by Paul Labrecque. The audience included familiar faces Judith Light, June Ambrose, and Jay Manuel, all impressed with the beautifully crafted presentation.
Our favorite pieces from the collection included a black and yellow printed silk chiffon pleated halter gown with a black maco beaded collar, and a black silk peplum dress with combo crinoline/grosgrain.