Lela Rose left the lights off and played John Lennon's "Imagine" before a single model hit the runway to mark the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11. By the end, the crowd was singing along.
When the lights came on, Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks" took over and the mood, along with the color, changed dramatically with bright yellows, blues and hot pinks for spring at New York Fashion Week on Sunday.
She used silk for texture, including an optic T-shirt and periwinkle color blocked shorts that could be worn inside while reading a book or just as easily out to brunch with friends.
The faded tangerine belted dress and the fade-to-black border jacquard sheath dress were similar, yet different enough to own them both.
One outfit that jumped out was the electric orange half-zip coat paired with the electric orange cotton lace-overlay shell and swirl-print skirt.
Rose turned up the sparkle factor with a metallic organza seamed bustier dress that shimmered and added feminine white fabric flowers to a gorgeous lemon-colored silk dress.
The line felt like it was for a young working girl who knows what she wants. It's not afraid, yet conservative enough to be worn in an office, save for the sheer dresses, but that's what slips are for.
The last piece, a silver embroidered tulle bustier gown, was layered and soft enough for a red carpet event, or even a wedding.
Susan Sarandon, her daughter Eva Amurri and Mariska Hargitay smiled from the front row.