Lela Rose displayed a Fall 2009 collection that had transitioned nicely from her Spring line full of colorful, feminine pieces. Her blues and yellows were still there, but with her current inspiration being a “magical forest” instead of aquas and daffodil yellows, there were luminous cobalt and midnight blues, and touches of saffron, yellow-green, and gold. Maroon and deep amethyst also provided pops of color against shades of grey, brown, and black and white geometric prints.
There were both texture and structured elements that were prominent this season. Whereas dresses and skirts for Spring were left boxy and free, belts gave new form to many of her ensembles and oversized collars and asymmetrical dresses and coats strutted down the runway. Layers, tweeds, and shiny satin made you want to reach out and touch the clothes. Overall I was impressed with how she took the collection in this distinct direction with no loss of femininity and beauty. In fact, one of my favorite pieces was an eggplant purple strapless dress made up of layered satin, and another was a glimmering gold strapless floor length belted dress (that was a mouthful) that was absolutely drop dead gorgeous.
I will admit that one my other favorite things about Lela Rose’s collection was the shoes. They mark her ninth (!) collection for Payless, and if I hadn’t known that, I would never have suspected. Heeled pumps, shoe-booties, and peep-toes made up the majority of the footwear in colors like moss green, charcoal grey, and dark purple. She also included printed fabrics that mimicked some of the prints of her clothes. Believe me - when these arrive in stores, I will be one of the first in line!
-- Guest Writer Morgan Williams