INTERVIEW: PAMELLA ROLAND BRINGS PRAGUE TO NEW YORK FOR FALL 2018

Pamella Roland F/W 2018

For fall 2018, Pamella Roland took an opulent look at the city of Prague, sartorially representing its architecture and ornamentation in the form of intricate filigree embroidery, jewel-toned fabrics and uncharacteristically minimalist, pared-down dresses with structural seaming and sharp cut-outs. Following the runway show, Untitled went backstage and chatted with the designer about her new collection and the inspiration behind it.

Pamella Roland

What inspired you to choose Prague as a jumping off point for the collection?
I was there this summer; my son played hockey [there] actually. I’ve been there a number of times but this year, I did a river cruise and was able to look at [the city] in a different way. I saw the modern part of Prague as opposed to the traditional part and thought [it] would be such a great inspiration. I saw all the gold inside some of these palatial buildings and jewel tones and I thought, what a perfect fall inspiration.

How would you characterize the Pamella Roland woman?
We dress daughters, mothers and grandmothers so there’s not one particular woman. I think it’s somebody who likes fine things, who likes wearing dresses that fit well—we’re very big on [fit]. I think a confident woman. I think today what we’re working on is bringing confidence to women.

Pamella Roland F/W 2018

Who or what are your biggest creative inspirations?
Usually travel and modern art.

How would you define contemporary elegance in today’s age?
I think we saw a lot of it today. We saw things you could wear to a black tie event—some women want a big gown, but some want a sleek jumpsuit. Today, I think you see a lot of the jumpsuits. That’s what the girls want. All the celebrities want the pantsuit and jumpsuit look.

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