Pamella Roland catwalk show report S/S 2016 for NYFW
The new Whitney Museum of American Art in Chelsea hosted its first-ever New York Fashion Week event yesterday, showcasing Pamella Roland’s Spring/Summer 2016 ready-to-wear collection. Inspired by abstract expressionist painter and printmaker Frank Stella, the show featured classic evening and bridalwear pieces infused with modern embellishments, that leant a futuristic twist.
Playing with a largely pastel palette, Roland’s lineup included remarkably well-tailored jumpsuits and rompers alongside elegant evening dresses. Oversized sashes, fake pearls, beads and sequins adorned many of the looks, adding a whimsical touch. Accessories included daring choker necklaces which juxtaposed well with the overall crisp and clean-cut aesthetic.
Standout pieces included a translucent jumpsuit with appliqué detailing, a mint faille gown with beaded bodice and an emerald, floor-length satin gown, with subtle embroidery detail on the bodice. The showstopper was a breathtaking ivory organza gown and cape, which glided fluidly along the catwalk.
A fine artist and architecture enthusiast, Roland also knows how to put on a theatrical show, with models made up to show off a plasticized, doll-like aesthetic that was visually stunning. In addition, spectacular tableaus of her signature looks both opened and closed the show. In all, the Whitney seemed to be the perfect venue to premiere Roland’s universally appealing designs and inventive presentation.
Photos: Bogdan Seredyak