It’s been two years and 364 days since Lela Rose last hosted a fashion show. And it’s a shame, the creator loves to show outdoors in semi-public spaces where passers-by can also catch a glimpse of the action. This time she showed in a public space at Hudson Yards. Guests were greeted by a series of booths with treats like cantaloupe juice, coconut water (served in a Lela Rose-branded shell) and fresh fruit to be won. This open and friendly approach is reflected in Rose’s clothing. The guiding influence of his collection this season is not hidden under layers of obscure references or between stanzas of poems. It’s food.
“How do you match your drink to your dress and your dress to the table?” says Rose. “That’s how my brain works.” The fruit theme runs throughout the collection: there’s a banana knit sweater with matching high-waisted underwear, and cut-out apples and bananas on the bust of a dress that Rose jokingly calls “fruitatas.” . “I love fun, playful pieces,” she adds.
The more abstract options are higher. Consider the full-length sheaths in rainbow colors with 3D embroidery of a tulip running the length of the dress (flowers are an integral part of any dinner party!) The most interesting pieces are those that, by far, leave you guessing: a lace pattern sprinkled with lemon wedges and a gingham dress that features the silhouette of a tablescape in the skirt for an abstract effect. These have a bit more depth than the jejune fruit salad offerings. That said, sometimes you want strawberry rhubarb pie and sometimes you want one of the strawberry gummies laid out on every seat in the show.