Five Looks from the Pamella Roland Show

Regardless of where she draws inspiration from, if one can expect anything from a Pamella Roland runway show, it’s elegance, spirit, and a tactful touch of contemporary. This often adds up to a distractive and hypnotizing effect. As her dresses begin to appear on the catwalk, Roland brings us into her world, providing guests a chance to escape New York’s gloomy weather, hectic streets, loud honking, and just everyday urban chaos.


PAMELLA ROLAND FW18 show in New York. Photo by Gio Staiano for NOWFASHION.

This time around, Roland chose Prague as a destination, using the city’s architecture and history as source of inspiration for her Fall 2018 collection. When talking to her after the show and asking her about whether any one dress or piece stood out as crystalizing Prague’s influence on the collection, she replied: “It’s difficult to pick one because I had so much fun doing this research. I like to call Prague ‘the second Paris.’ I’ve been there many times, but never with my team. When visiting this past August, I just realized there was such a great mix of tradition and modern there, and that is what this collection is about. And it’s what our line is about. It’s modern but has a lot of traditional aspects to it as well.”

As a whole, the inspiration might not have been aesthetically obvious (at least from what one might know about Prague), but when using the city’s royal jewels as reference for instance, it was certainly present in the embroidery and threadwork of metals and crystals, the interpretation of baroque motifs by way of fabrics, and the application of jewel tones.      


PAMELLA ROLAND FW18 show in New York. Photo by Gio Staiano for NOWFASHION.

Look #2 – If the first look to come out had not commanded enough attention, this second – a camel cashmere sheath dress with a belted drop shoulder duster coat – was bound to. As if borrowing from a cool set three decades ago, it was slick and to the point.


PAMELLA ROLAND FW18 show in New York. Photo by Gio Staiano for NOWFASHION.

Look #13 – A Roland swanky classic if there ever was one (at least in this collection), this sheer strapless bustier jumpsuit was harmoniously embroidered with oversized crystals, and framed by a black floor-length coat.  


PAMELLA ROLAND FW18 show in New York. Photo by Gio Staiano for NOWFASHION.

Look #20 – An example of how the designer represented Prague’s royal interiors, the baroque influence could not have been more (fittingly) dramatic than with this hematite metallic embroidered fringe gown which shimmered with the model’s every step.


PAMELLA ROLAND FW18 show in New York. Photo by Gio Staiano for NOWFASHION.

Look #24 – By times, a color can prevail over everything else, mesmerizing even the most distracted of attendees. Very few, if any, front row guests didn’t lift their phones when this sapphire ruffle organza and chiffon ball gown made its appearance.


PAMELLA ROLAND FW18 show in New York. Photo by Gio Staiano for NOWFASHION.

Look #12 – On some looks, Roland seems to have decided to pull back on the intensity of Prague’s influence, and in a way, this made them stand out in their own right. Such was the case of this elegant and minimalist amethyst stretch crepe paneled suit.

 

See the full FW18 collection of PAMELLA ROLAND here.