The thing about Lela Rose, besides that she bakes cookies and puts a little bag on each chair (imagine the bedlam at the shows, scrambling for those treats) is that she is a mom first. Backstage she fusses over her children’s hair just as much as a model’s finished look. But somehow this chic mom knows how to put a beautiful Spring 2013 runway collection together. It’s all there, the casual, the playful, the dress-up, bridal, and the evening wear. Not to mention accessories. She is one of those Super Women that are really, really good time managers with a huge spoonful of creative talent, a cup of attention to detail, lots of chic feminine expression sprinkled on top for good measure, and a handful of genuine heart. The draping on the color-rich sheaths and dresses is superb, showing off the best parts of a woman’s waist. Full skirted frocks of the Mad Men ilk are soft and alluring with beautiful fabric artistry. Separates are just what we want to wear. The shoes, whether chunky wedges or stilettos, were fantastic. The Lela Rose bridal machine was evident in the last gowns, perfect for bridal parties or the bride herself. The Spring 2013 Lela Rose Collection speaks for itself in the finished recipe: Do it all, be wonder woman, and look fabulous doing it.
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