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Lela Rose Is In A Delicate Condition For Spring

Lauren David Peden
September 10th, 2006 @ 8:32 PM - New York

Lela Rose's Spring 2007 collection, unveiled in the Bryant Park Atelier the morning of Sunday, September 10th, was inspired by Cecil Beaton's iconic 1940s-era Vogue photograph of a bevy of willowy, exquisitely elegant models posed in a wood-paneled salon beneath a crystal chandelier, languidly contemplating their reflection in an oversized mirror propped on one wall.

Like James, Rose favors subtly elegant embellishment and easy shapes that flow away from, rather than cling to, the body. For Spring, this embellishment came in the form of tatted lace on the yoke or skirt of a dress and across the shoulders and sleeves of a top, while quilting added depth to the straps of one egg-shaped pinafore and defined the bodice of another. Fabric rosettes were another recurring theme, sprinkled around the neckline of chiffon and white eyelet day dresses. The pristine white ruffle that encircled the neckline and plunging torso of the ivory silk Angel gown did, indeed, flutter like wings, and lowly burlap provided a great high-low juxtaposition when used as straps on a saffron taffeta dress.

While saffron, rust and slate blue provided unexpected pops of color, the main story here was a pale one, with ivory, slate gray and bisque being the predominant hues, and most of the dresses had an easy, body-skimming tent silhouette - just the thing for those warm weather charity lunches or cocktails in Connecticut.

"I'm so glad this is over!" said Rose backstage post-show, while holding her terrier, Stitch, with one arm and her son, Grey, with the other. "I'm pregnant," she added with a laugh, pointing to her protruding stomach. "Due in November. This wasn't just a big breakfast. I'm doing the surprise thing but I hope it's a girl; I'm going on record."

So any plans for baby line in the future?

"No," she said. "I did a baby line when I had Grey and it was terrible - you had to dry clean everything! I don't think through those things."

And were all those delicately detailed trapeze dresses the result of her own delicate condition?

"No, not really," she replied. "I just feel like spring should always be kind of easy, comfortable and not so difficult, so that's where all that came from. But, then I got lucky" - she patted her belly - "and I got to fit into something. So I'm happy about that."

As she should be.

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