Photos barely do justice to Stéphane Rolland’s organic sculpturesque couture collection. The show opened with organza drifting off the linebacker shoulders of a white jumpsuit, and climaxed with a dramatic orange fishtail gown with winglike organza protrusions resembling a butterfly — or a Venus flytrap. Indeed, Rolland’s futuristic brand of couture isn’t targeted at wallflowers — as a front row that included Kim Kardashian and Paz Vega can attest.
The workmanship was impressive. Swirling ruffles and peplums undulated on evening gowns in a mesmerizing way. Softer styles include enveloping capes and a dreamy, off-white gown with blousy sleeves and a plastron of varnished leather in front.
Still, there were occasional mishaps: A tunic dress was oddly quilted, another number in transparency exposed more than a bit of derrière. No matter. At the sight of Rolland’s goldfish bride, Vega led a standing ovation.