Lela Rose Spring Summer 2024 collection lookbook presented at New York Fashion Week SS24.
Florals for spring may not be a groundbreaking concept, a fact even acknowledged by Lela Rose during a preview of her latest collection. Nevertheless, the designer endeavored to infuse them with a fresh perspective, drawing inspiration from botanical photographs by artists Joe Horner and Azuma Makato.
"I visited this gentleman's studio in Japan, and my goodness, he's a true genius," she exclaimed about Azuma Makato. "He freezes flowers, sends them soaring into the sky, and then captures them in photographs. They appear somewhat ethereal, leaving you perpetually deciphering the spectacle within this explosion of colors."
Her color palette mirrored this explosion, featuring vibrant shades of yellow, fuchsia, lavender, and tangerine. The latter two hues graced a pair of guipure lace square-neck tops paired with matching straight-cut skirts, elegantly skimming the knee—a fresh departure with a '90s allure, a departure from her customary minis or maxis. "I'm still acclimating to it," she admitted.
Lately, Rose has been embracing the concept of two-piece dressing, notably showcased in a warp-printed floral circle skirt and crop top ensemble in icy blue crepe de chine. She selected this ensemble for the cocktail party cohosted by stylist Kate Young, which replaced the traditional runway presentation. Notably, models like Pat Cleveland and Joyjah Estrada were present, not to strut the runway, but to engage in mingling while proudly sporting her spring line. "We aimed to set the scene and make you feel like you're playing a role in it," Rose elucidated.
While many adhered to her signature ladylike offerings, there were also edgier options available. The same floral print appeared in a warped jacquard knit that resembled leopard spots, imparting extra allure to a strapless wiggle dress. Additionally, button-front trench dresses in various shades of khaki exuded a surprisingly militaristic aesthetic.
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