Lake Michigan… what a beautiful place! So beautiful that it served as the starting point for Pamella Roland’s 2016 Resort offering! With all that the lake has to offer to an appreciative mind, it’s no surprise that Ms. Roland chose to pay homage to the location’s stunning natural scenery and easy summers she’s whiled away at her lakefront home. “I had my design team there last year, and they were like, ‘Oh my gosh, the sunsets here!’” Ms. Roland remarked. I say this all the time- inspiration is everywhere folks, open your eyes and recognize it. Ms. Roland did and look at the result!
Lake Michigan has been translated into a gorgeous colour palette based on its breath taking…everything; the sky, the clouds and glorious sunsets were expressed in deep fuchsia, frosty white and sorbet shades of orange and pink, while the lake itself was referenced by a spectrum of shades of blue.
Waves- the actual movement of water- were a major theme in this collection and Ms. Roland and her team employed numerous decorative techniques to mimic this motion and the lightness of the surf. Glossy, floral patterned embossing on ocean blue silk subtly referenced rippling currents, as did the skilful ‘lines’ that patterned several gowns in form alternating bands of sheer and opaque fabric and stripes dyed in two shades of deepest blue.
Particularly gorgeous ornamental work was seen on a midi-length cocktail dress that riffed on rippling waters with gradient-effect beading in four shades of milky blue, while another sheaf featured waves of brushstroke like fabric strips over its sheer bodice. Less subtle imagery was seen in the silvery sequin-encrusted 3-D waves on the bustier bodice of a pale blue ballgown… striking, yes, but it’s a touch too much of a literal translation for my taste.
Madigan’s glorious sunsets were invoked in a number of peachy-hued confections: a meringue pink cocktail frock with a billowing full skirt, a peach and rose ombré- dyed gown and an orange floral lace jumpsuit were just a few of the show stopping pieces.
For Resort 2016, Ms. Roland and her team wanted to create garments that were light but still felt appropriately important in the context of her brand. There was indeed an airiness here that’s a development on Ms. Roland’s normally elaborate aesthetic.
Although there were some missteps shown (a pair of multi-coloured rose-print tiered frocks, a white gown with 3-D vines on the bodice and that wavy bustier gown), I’m really impressed with this collection on the whole. I’m surprised at the variety of daytime looks presented here- it shows real growth in Ms. Roland’s skill, and while these garments aren’t casual, there’s a relaxed, unlaced look to every design. To me it all looks very vintage; what I’d imagine a glamourous 60’s housewife would pack for a vacation in the Hamptons.
Pamella Roland Resort 2016 is a great collection- elegant, subtly graphic, slightly sculptural and luxuriously detailed with just the right amount of comfortable ease. Resort as it should be.
Xx – Ana