Austin Fashion Week 2012: Tween Designer Isabella Rose
If you got the chance to go to the first night of Driskill runway shows on Wednesday, August 15, I certainly hope you had the pleasure of viewing the collection of 11 year old tween designer, Isabella Rose Taylor (pictured above modeling her own clothing). Isabella’s line called, “IsabellaRose” is focused on fulfilling the needs of the stylish tween, and who better to do that than a stylish creative tween like Isabella?
Since the age of 3, Isabella has been creating art and honing in on her sense of fashion and style. Starting with painting and then poetry, she says her move into the fashion world was a natural progression of her art, her driving sentiment being, “If art had legs, it would be fashion.” This pre-teen is nothing short of brilliant. She is a member of MENSA, an editor for Amazing Kids! magazine, on the advisory baord for the magazine Creative Kids magazine (of which her artwork has appeared on the cover), and she just enrolled in classes at UT. Aside from all that, Isabella has been working on her fashion collections for the past two and a half years – conceptualizing, designing and sewing all of her clothing herself.
The IsabellaRose collection was a refreshing way to start out the Driskill runway shows, and was definitely my favorite show of the night. Isabella’s ability to convey exactly what it takes to be a stylish tween through her clothing – with the perfect amount of savvy youthful blasé – made me wish that I was a tween again just so I could wear her genuinely cute creations.
Isabella’s AFW show included pieces from her mini-resort collection which she says was inspired by her series of portraitures called “Color Stories.” These pieces were filled with bright summertime pops of color and comfortable fabrics – perfect for going on trips to the beach with the family. I loved how the outfits were accessorized with matching scarves and sunglasses. She even incorporated her artwork into one of her pieces by having her self-portrait printed on the back of a simple white tee.
Isabella’s self-portrait tee:
Isabella also debuted her new fall collection on the AFW runway which was inspired by her charcoal drawings. With this collection, Isabella played with mixing hard and soft, which is something I personally love to see designers do. She paired more feminine and delicate fabrics and pieces like lace and floral decorations with edgier fabrics like faux leather. I especially loved the last piece which Isabella modeled herself – the simple faux leather dress.
It’s clear that this girl is going places because she obviously understands exactly what her audience wants and needs. I’m excited to see what’s next for this young new designer and how her sense of style will grow and change. Good luck, Isabella!