Ella Moss @ Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

Celebrity stylists (and some celebrities without stylists' help) turn toward Ella Moss for one thing: striped wears that wear well. It's well-known that horizontal stripes don't flatter most body types, but for Ella Moss designer Pamella Protzel, who is fashion's current queen of the stripe, a well-placed stripe, whether vertical, horizontal or diagonal, shapes women in a way that some couture designers can't match.

The Ella Moss Spring 2005 collection, held on October 27 at the Mercedes Benz Los Angeles Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, California, didn't skimp on stripes: a seriously low-cut dress in mint and white that highlights the clavicle; black-and-white stripes brought together in a sexy keyhole dress; a maillot in coral and white stripes that put some bikinis to shame. However, stripes took a backseat at the start of the show, when color blocking became the main star.


As R & B star Kelis' "Milkshake" shook the runway, models trotted out in tight outfits-"Sarah" wrap, mini and long dresses in peach, coral, black, turquoise and cocoa-that were sure to "bring all the boys to the yard." Just one look at the front-row's Hollywood A-list-Fox news-anchor Jillian Barberie, Fox's The O.C. and HBO's Entourage Samaire Armstrong, The WB's One Tree Hill Sophia Bush, beauties Rashida Jones and model/actress/red carpet fixture Bai Ling, who were all shaking their stuff to the rhythm and looks of the runway-showed that buyers' and stylist requests would flood Protzel's showroom shortly after the show.






A sweet mosaic print floated in on wrap and halter dresses after the color blocking, harking back to the much-adored flirtatiousness that trendy LA socialites will definitely lock on to. The mosaic, a busy mish-mash of flowers in blues, browns and creams or pinks, blushes and reds, will definitely hit big with boutiques and youngsters who are privy to parents' credit cards. Protzel even made sure to incorporate the new print into her invitations, using it as the background.

As The White Stripes song "Seven Nation Army" broke out for the close, Protzel made apparent that stripes really are her calling. A striped bandeau bathing suit top in meadow green paired with cocoa cropped pants hopped on the old-school Hollywood glamour bandwagon, but it was the even older Naval influence Protzel employed that received a fashion-maven nod. Models tipped black and white sailor hats by Santino Fonzarelli and winked at photographers; their outfits, named "Pixie", winked even more. The show closed with the most fair "Pixie" of all: a sweeping backless halter gown striped with canary and white. The look was easy, breezy and inviting, which is how Protzel's incredibly light jersey fabrics wear.

Though Protzel's mosaic print and color blocking offered a fresh look at her style, stripes still reigned supreme. And we're glad for that-Protzel's Ella Moss stripes remain A-list.

Photos by Donato Sardella

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