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Lela Rose: Ladylike and lovely

A model walks the runway at the Lela

A model walks the runway at the Lela Rose fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 at The Studio at Lincoln Center in Manhattan. (Sept. 8, 2013) Credit: Getty Images

Lela Rose’ spring 2014 collection was built around Danish industrial designer Arne Jacobsen and the quirky geometry of mid 20th-century furniture. It was positively lovely, somehow straddling the divide between ladylike and refined, and romantic and hip.

The idea of architecture and furniture design was apparent in the perfectly clean, sculptural silhouettes, textured tweeds and stunning wood-grain patterned lace. Rose knows how to fit a dress, most of these  precise and figure flattering.

A white cotton sheath boasting an exuberant geometric in flashy colors was divine. Cotton  trench coats and jackets are beyond smart, one with the added flourish of a lacy hem.

Here we found our favorite black dress of the season so far,  a black stretch sateen number with a sparkly, lace yoke. Killer! Speaking of which one poor model crashed to the runway wearing Lela Rose/Jean-Michael Cazabat shoes, but to her credit, got up and carried them. And another barely missed disaster after the heel got caught in the hem of her gown. Watch it.

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