When asked what her inspiration for Spring 2009, designer Lela Rose responded, "Out of Africa by way of 10021- it’s very modern and feminine. What’s so interesting about it is all the different pairings of African tribal textiles, and mixing patterns, prints and textures." Organza skirts and dresses, linen jackets, embroidered cotton faille, a twisted and tucked chiffon bustier, dip-dyed one-shoulder knot dress and tapestry embroidered belts were brought to life with a vivid color palette of yellow sapphire, fire opal, ocean blue, lazuli, moonstone, check plaids, stripes and an ikat print. "The colors are the most richly saturated colors I think we ever used. They're exceptional in the tones and how rich they are."
check plaid taffeta bow front dress with tapestry embroidered belt
moonstone brocade bow front dress
blue sapphire silk faille dress with dove grey striped bamboo cardigan & tapestry embroidered belt
ikat print and twisted and tucked chiffon dress with pleated skirt
yellow sapphire cotton sateen tie-front coat with a silver foil pleated skirt & moonstone brocade bustier
lzuli chiffon twisted and tucked drop waist gown.
Starting in February 2009, be on the lookout for Lela Rose’s seventh footwear collection for Payless - available in Payless stores and at Payless.com. Designed to coordinate with her Spring 2009 collection, they will feature frayed ribbons, bird’s eye tweed and check plaid in peep-toe sandals, pumps and flats. Lela Rose also partnered with Payless for a special occasion dyeable footwear and accessories line titled Unforgettable Moments, scheduled to launch around the same time at Payless.com.
- Kim Weling
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