With the wildflower as her muse, Lela Rose’s whimsical pre-fall collection centered around vibrant florals. Feminine silhouettes defined the lineup — ladylike A-line dresses, plunging V-neck gowns for evening and bell-sleeved blouses, peplum tops and full skirts for day — all rendered in punchy hues of yellow, fuchsia and royal blue. Rose loves to play with surface texture, adding dimension to her silk faille, jacquard and fil coupé looks with fuzzy pom-poms, woven silk fringe and 3-D appliqués. Most unexpected: A collared shirtdress rendered in colorful botanical guipure lace embroidery with a voluminous black tulle skirt for a chic statement both bold and demure.
Elsewhere, a few colorful dresses in floral-printed cotton voile felt airy, effortless and smart for the transitional season. Paired with Rose’s sheer, floral-embroidered socks, the looks took on a playful sophistication.