Fall 2008 Mercedes Benz
The Tents at Bryant Park
February 3, 2008
Wendy R. Williams
Photographed by Mary Blanco
Texas native Lela
Rose has designed her own line since 1996. She has
developed a justified reputation for clothing that
is fun, sexy, whimsical and traditional. Rose is
a designer who has her feet planted squarely on
the ground; she knows her customer. Rose is a favorite
of the Bush daughters and is in the running to design
Jenna's wedding dress.
For Fall of 2008, Rose's line
showcased a very non New York look; color was everywhere.
Bright orange, mustard and vivid blue marched down
the runway coloring daywear garments made from unexpected
fabric choices. Brown gauze peeked out from under
a brocade skirt and a slouchy mustard colored sweater
topped a flirty short vivid blue satin skirt.
Rose also presented a sophisticated
and fun line of evening wear with pretty peek-a-boo
blouses and sparkly satin dresses that evoked the
Rose has now joined the satellite
of young designers (Lela Rose, Abaete and Alice
+ Olivia) who are designing shoes and purses for
Payless Shoes. So a truly American style and sensibility
is now available to all of America.
For more about Lela Rose, log onto: www.lelarose.com.
To see the Lela Rose Payless collection, log onto: