How do you determine when art inspires fashion or the other way around? Pamella Roland's spring 2016 collection was held at the new Whitney Museum of American Art. The lines and colors I experienced on my way into the show all seemed to be reflected in the fashion.
Right in the beginning, the show opened on three white outfits that glowed from fibre optics from within. They echoed the lighting of many of the buildings of the Meatpacking District of NYC.
There were gowns of liquid silk that picked up the light reflection in such a way that they looked electric. There was a series of day and evening looks that combined abstract contrast color embellishments that coordinate well with the museum's contemporary exhibits. Origami folds were worked into other gowns that were wearable sculptures.
There were beautiful dresses with more traditional beading techniques. I think Roland's big fans come back and again for these based on the guests in attendance.
The one thing that didn't work for me were the high, thick choker necklaces that even encased the model's hair. It looked highly uncomfortable and sent a very confusing bondage message.
Otherwise, the stunning Pamella Roland collection was a presentation where designer and venue were in perfect sync. Elegant, contemporary and beautiful.