There were luxurious red carpet gowns and classic party looks as Pamella Roland’s Fall 2011 collection hit the runway in a Fashion Week show that wowed her audience. By Brooke Sager.
Neutral Colors with Seasonal Accents
Roland kept her color palette classic with neutral camels, chocolates and blacks. The collection was still remarkably energetic however, thanks to her use of jewel-tone accents. One dark brown tunic was brightened up with a red-plum chiffon scarf. The pops of amber, crimson, purple and olive looked lively against the neutral tones.
To go along with the jewel-tone colors, the collection featured botanical and bold leaf prints. Colors and designs really worked together and screamed ‘autumn.’
Ties and Bows
Fabric was looped and drapes were flowing in every direction on the runway. This lady-like look really brought the collection together. Masculine met feminine at the beginning of the show with tuxedo jackets and short dresses that featured satin tie lapels. A black jersey top with a necktie also had beaded embellishments to give it an extra-girly touch.
The red carpet looks also featured ties—one stand-out chiffon gown was accented with a knot of fabric on the hip. A mesh dress had bows and streamers sweeping down the runway in a train-like fashion as the model walked. Such dynamic elegance is very typical of Pamella Roland.
Another big motif—playful fringe accents, on both the short and long dresses. Fringe was the designer’s signature way of adding sass to a flowy evening gown. It also gave movement to a simple, charcoal colored cocktail dress.
However, too much of a good thing can backfire. The crimson dress made completely of fringe was a bit too flapper-like. It could maybe work as a one-time wear to a cocktail party. Otherwise, it would make the perfect ice-skating costume.
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