The resort is a special season as some designers lean into seasonally appropriate winter items, while others take the name literally and offer suitably breezy clothing. It can be hard in the summer heat to get transported into a cozy state of mind, snuggling up by the fire with a glass of cocoa some resort collections conjure up. But Lela Rose will try to get you there. Her latest collection is all garlands and tulle (in spirit if not in production).
Lela Rose’s holiday party last year involved a trip to see Nutcracker which inadvertently became the starting point of the station. “We were sitting there looking at the costumes. Not necessarily the shapes, but the layering of the tulles,” says Rose, pointing out that the collection is only “very loosely” based on actual ballet. That’s right, you won’t find any tutus here. But you will see many outfits suitable for sitting in the ballet audience. The most cinematic is a houndstooth skirt and shirt ensemble adorned with large black pom-poms and a fluffy collar; the most appealing is a beige tulle dress with a high neck, more subtle polka dots and a slightly dropped waist. It’s a bit of the 80s, a bit of Degas.
Known for her feminine dresses that appeal to grown women, Rose generally eschews the gimmicky and instead relies on the colorful and conservative. Standard fare is pastel pink and purple dresses with scalloped cutouts; turtleneck dresses in black, white and red; and a tea-length strapless chartreuse dress. But Rose designs party wear for the resort, and naturally, it’s the more adventurous outfits that stand out. One of Rose’s favorites (and mine) is a black quilted bubble skirt with a scalloped waistline, paired with a tulle bra top. Proof that there’s nothing hotter in fashion right now than an exposed midriff.