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Lela Rose
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February 3, 2008

Written by 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 midnight sky.

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.

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