Inspiration: The bright colors and straight lines of Frank Stella’s paintings and his cultural impact.
Pamella Roland inaugurated the Whitney Museum as a fashion destination by showing the Spring/Summer 2016 collection in the contemporary space. It’s a fitting scene considering Pamella DeVos studied art history in college and drew her inspiration from Frank Stella’s work as well as the cultural mod scene of the ’60s. Her formula behind the designs remains unchanged: luxe fabrics, expertly tailored for a refined socialite power-house.
Pamella’s primary focus is still evening-wear. A dim runway lit up with LED-studded liquid organza opened the ultramodern show. As the lights amped up, the shimmer of the pearl and sequin accents took the torch. While many of the looks pulsed with the expected Pamella Roland aesthetic, the pieces directly interpreted from Stella’s work stole the show. A citron faille caftan with an aqua, red, and black plexi belt can go beyond the serious businesswoman’s closet and straight into a street-style star’s repertoire. Another plexi belt infused youthful energy into a classic Rolland bias gown in a minty shade.
A floral ombre sequin jumpsuit and a black silk faille romper with a beaded bodice ventured further into a deliciously robust artistic territory, giving us a glimpse at the new wave of Roland customer: Instagram-star mommies.
(Runway photos via style.com)