Best Of NY Fashion Week: Pamella Roland

February 18, 2011 10:49 AM

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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.

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Neutral Colors with Seasonal Accents

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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

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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.


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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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Brooke Sager is a New York City-based freelance writer specializing in beauty, lifestyle and entertainment. She writes at HIHEELZ.

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