After several seasons of pretty presentations, Ryan Roche stepped up to the runway for the first time for fall. She kept the show very small, just a single row of seats on either side of the runway — a humble strip of white carpet — which was a smart move. An aesthetic like hers, quiet and gentle, could easily be drowned out by a big production.

What the new show format allowed for was room to view each look on its own and appreciate her delicate, purist approach to knitwear. Roche is a knitwear aficionado, her stitchwork almost flawless. A snow-white cashmere sweater and fine-gauge knit trousers were pristine. A slim red knit dress with blouson sleeves and slightly peaked shoulders had the graceful romantic potency of a classic red lipstick. She gave her hushed silhouettes — dancerly slips, body-skimming gowns and sweaters — power by working in tonal, head-to-toe colors, like white, red, nude and black. Emphasizing the shoulders on dresses and blazers, and accessorizing them with neck scarves, opened up the look to a mild late Seventies/Eighties vibe.

By  on February 11, 2017

After several seasons of pretty presentations, Ryan Roche stepped up to the runway for the first time for fall. She kept the show very small, just a single row of seats on either side of the runway — a humble strip of white carpet — which was a smart move. An aesthetic like hers, quiet and gentle, could easily be drowned out by a big production.

What the new show format allowed for was room to view each look on its own and appreciate her delicate, purist approach to knitwear. Roche is a knitwear aficionado, her stitchwork almost flawless. A snow-white cashmere sweater and fine-gauge knit trousers were pristine. A slim red knit dress with blouson sleeves and slightly peaked shoulders had the graceful romantic potency of a classic red lipstick. She gave her hushed silhouettes — dancerly slips, body-skimming gowns and sweaters — power by working in tonal, head-to-toe colors, like white, red, nude and black. Emphasizing the shoulders on dresses and blazers, and accessorizing them with neck scarves, opened up the look to a mild late Seventies/Eighties vibe.

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