“My motto is ‘Match your drink to your dress,'” Lela Rose tells me as she gets ready to uncork a bottle of bubbles. Earlier today, she held her small, personal spring runway presentation inside chef Ignacio Mattos’s Cafe Altro Paradiso. They served a light, quick lunch and a cocktail called Pretty in Peach: Blanco tequila, grapefruit juice, peach shrub, Peychaud’s bitters and a splash of soda.
All images by Kirby Calvin
As you’ve no doubt already guessed, the spring line is full of fruity peach tones as well as sunny yellows and rich, oceany blues. Once you know the Texas-born founder’s credo, and then the fact that she recently issued a Rizzoli volume on entertaining, a book full of gorgeous and meaningful tablescapes, you can only imagine the dining tables and beautiful drinks that each season might inspire.
Today’s affair, however, is relatively low key. Relatively. Sunrise-colored, organically sculptural floral arrangements from the intimate runway show line the table and artful little snacks sit at the ready. A member of the party comes in with a stack of bright plates and a cake knife, and once the champagne is flowing, a delicate grapefruit tart is divided and passed, and the precise tone of a well-deserved celebration comes into full bloom.