Designer Lela Rose comes to Raleigh to showcase her spring line

CorrespondentOctober 3, 2012 

Growing up in Texas, designer Lela Rose picked up a strong sense of style at an early age, inspired by the finely outfitted women in her hometown.

“They got dressed to go to lunch, they got dressed to go do drop off and pick up the kids,” she says. “You can tell that about our collection – it’s about a woman getting dressed and really going somewhere.”

Rose will bring her spring 2013 collection to Vermillion in Raleigh’s North Hills for a trunk show Oct. 10-12. Rose will be in the store on Oct. 11 for personal styling sessions.

The spring collection was inspired by the work of artist Jim Hodges.

“His work is all about the dualities between lightness and mass, and that’s something you’ll see in this collection,” she explains. “We’ve taken inspiration from his drawings of florals and you’ll see that in some of the laces and diaphanous foils on the dresses.”

Rose has cut back on her store appearances in recent years, but always makes time to visit Raleigh at least once a year.

“Raleigh is such a fun place,” she says. “I really love the customers there; they’re very engaged and enthusiastic and they’re fun to work with. Plus, I just love Raleigh as a city; it’s one of those up-and-coming spots, there are so many cool things going on there.”

Shoppers can book a personal appointment with Rose by calling 919-787-9780.

This week in the trunks…

• Preview Ralph Lauren’s cocktail capsule collection made just for Saks Fifth Avenue at a trunk show Thursday at Triangle Town Center. A representative from the label will be on hand from 5 to 7 p.m. to debut the collection. Shoppers can also enjoy wine and snacks. For an appointment, call 919-792-9100, ext. 5390.

• Certain Things in Cameron Village welcomes designer Kathy Moça of Beija-Flor Jeans for a trunk show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday. The Brazilian-made jeans line is built to fit women of a variety of sizes and ages. For more information, call 919-828-5055.

• Main and Taylor shoe boutique has three big trunk shows this week. It all starts with fall looks from VanEli and Sesto Meucci 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday. Then on Oct. 9, Franco Sarto will bring a preview of spring styles for a show 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Main and Taylor is at 4421 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, 919-821-1556,

• Dovecote boutique in Pittsboro’s Fearrington Village kicks off its fall trunk show series this weekend with Alicia Peru and Bittersweet Designs, Saturday and Sunday. Alicia Peru features capes, wraps and other accessories made with alpaca fur, and Bittersweet Designs is a handmade jewelry line from Santa Fe designer Laurie Lenfestey. Designers will be in the shop 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. For more information, call 919-542-1145.

Find your style

Local stylist Mary Michele Little will help women discover their personal style through her StyleFinder system Thursday during a group workshop. The workshop, held 7-9 p.m. at the One Chic Mama offices in Raleigh, will assist women in learning what styles, colors and fabrics look best with their body types. The workshop fee is $97. For more info or to sign up, call 919-828-7529.

They love teachers

Dressbarn shows educators some love with its teacher appreciation day Saturday. All teachers will receive 20 percent off their purchase of regular price merchandise, plus styling and other services during the event. Dressbarn has stores in the Triangle in Garner Towne Square Shopping Center in Garner and Park West Village in Morrisville.

Putting on a show

Peachy Keen boutique celebrates the new season with their Fire and Ice Fashion Show Oct. 10. The show will feature looks for fall, plus cocktails, cupcakes, a raffle and more. Cocktail hour starts at 6 p.m., with the show at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $5 and each ticket is redeemable for $10 store credit. Peachy Keen is at 250 Grande Heights Drive, Cary, 919-678-0092,

New for brides

After a partnership with bridal heavyweight Vera Wang, David’s Bridal teams up with another big designer for a budget-friendly collection. The new Melissa Sweet for David’s Bridal collection, in select stores now, features seven styles priced $650-$1,400. Locally, the line is available at the Raleigh location of David’s Bridal at 4229 Louisburg Road in Raleigh.

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