Chris Collie
Chris Collie
Chris Collie, one of the seminal early Editors-in-Chief of FWO, was named one of the "Best Dressed Men" at New York Fashion Week by Esquire.

Amongst Will-O’-The-Wisps: Lela Rose’s Airy NYFW Spring Summer 2016 Show

Lela Rose’s Spring Summer 2016 Show, New York Fashion Week

by Chris Collie, NY Senior Editorial Director with Pablo Starr

lela-rose-nyfw-mainLela Rose launched her collection in 1996 out of her apartment. Her signature style is airy, feminine, colorful and gossamer: like something hatched from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, attended by will-o’-the-wisps and conjured to life by Queen Mab’s wand.

But it’s Rose’s mastery of color that makes her designs a standout.
The Show

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Show Report

by Chris Collie, NY Senior Editorial Director

As I walked into the Skylight Clarkson space for Lela Rose’s show, and made my way through the maze of lines, I was wondering what the décor would be this season. She didn’t disappoint. Guests were greeted with hundreds of tulips, illuminated by rose-colored light.

As the lights went low, I was immediately transported into a natural landscape. There’s always a quick moment before the first model struts out where extreme anticipation and euphoric pleasure comes over me. It reminds me that, when it comes to fashion, I’m not too far removed from the 21-year-old who used to try to sneak into the shows in Bryant Park.

There’s something wonderful about seeing these collections six months before they arrive in stores.

There’s something wonderful about seeing these collections six months before they arrive in stores.

(Above, a fun report from Elle)

Lela’s first piece was a bias stripe fringe tweed dress, which could be seen as a transitional piece from “chic working woman” to “after work” style. The collection overall consisted of 45 pieces, which ranged from tweeds to dresses with paper-light fringe, in colors that included softer hues of posy with an infusion of citrine and radiant orange.

Beautiful long dresses with flowered embroidery are Lela’s hallmark, and this show was no exception.

Overall, the collection was cohesive and intricate. Well done, Ms. Rose.

With love,





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