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Austin Fashion Week – Driskill Runway Shows 2012

By Cheryl Bemis — August 17, 2012

For three nights the Mezzanine level of the Driskill Hotel has to be called “Runway Central” for designers and vendors to show off their newest collections.  Not only did the runway preview some of the most refined collections I have seen in this town to date, it also brought out Austin’s highest heels, short dresses and was just a good reason to dress up.  And the guys were stylin’ pretty nicely too!  The highlight of the night was young “tween” Austin designer Isabella Rose.  Take notice about this little fashion firecracker!

During her video interview (coming) she was a poised as anyone twice her age and I had to remind myself she was only 12.  She rattled off answers on camera like she had done it forever.  There is a bright fashion future for this designer and it was nice to see the addition of a girls line add to runway  line up.

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Isabella Rose: A Tween Designing For Tweens

Isabella Rose Taylor walking the runway in her own design

In fashion there’s nothing worse than a designer attempting to design for an audience they don’t understand.  I can still remember being 11 years old and how hard it was to go shopping and find clothes that not only fit, but also looked the part.  ”Who is making these clothes?!” I thought.  It obviously wasn’t someone who understood what I as my tween self wanted to look like.

Isabella Rose Taylor is the designer who understands just what the 11 year old girl wants to dress like.  Why?  Because she herself is 11 years old!  A tween designing for tweens?  Now that’s a genius idea!  Isabella Rose is actually a true genius, being a member of MENSA and having just enrolled in classes at UT.  The Austinite showed her own fashion line “Isabella Rose” last night on the Driskill runways for Austin Fashion Week, and everyone was blown away.  Let’s face it, some of us are just born with talent.  Isabella was definitely born to create, as she started painting at age 3 and hasn’t stopped creating since.  Isabella has been sewing for 2 years now, makes her own patterns, and has now made 3 fashion collections.

But just because you’re born talented doesn’t necessarily mean you will succeed.  It’s clear that Isabella has put a lot of creativity and hard work into her art work, but her parents have also played an important role in her success.  Friend of Isabella and fashion illustrator Stephanie Jimenez says she met Bella while teaching at the Austin Fashion School of Design two years ago.  Stephanie says “Isabella’s parents have done an amazing job at keeping her humble and grounded despite how intelligent and talented she is.  Isabella and I both know that she wouldn’t be where she is without the crazy love and support of her parents Sherri and Cesar.”

Not only was it amazing to see a collection by an 11 year old walk the runway, what was even more amazing was the quality of the collection.  ”Isabella Rose” is sophisticated and chic clothing that still retains a sense of youth and playful charm, perfect for the in-between girl.  Some noteworthy pieces from the collection include Isabella’s self-portrait graphic tee, the cropped motorcycle jacket, and the simple faux leather dress that ended the show.  Seeing what she has already achieved at age 11, I can’t wait to see what’s next for this amazingly talented young girl!  Unfortunately “Isabella Rose” is not available to buy online yet, and they are working right now to try and get the line in stores.  But, it’s only a matter of time for 11 year old Isabella Rose.

a graphic tee showing Isabella’s own self portrait

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Austin Fashion Week: Meet 11-year-old phenom Isabella Rose

By Nicole Villalpando | Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 11:02 PM

Like many female designers, Isabella Rose Taylor designs what she wants to wear, what she couldn’t find in stores. It’s clothes she tests on herself.

What sets the Austinite apart is she designs for the preteen and teen girl because it’s a market she knows. She’s 11, after all.

Isabella’s line of 27 pieces walked down the runway, worn by professional models, friends and herself Wednesday at the Austin Fashion Week show at the Driskill Hotel. Isabella combined bright colors in unexpected combinations like orange with pink. Cute sheath dresses, blowsy shirts, lace leggings, shorts with pockets and black lacy skirts walked the runway, many with large floral accents on the front. The designs had a sophistication while being age appropriate and not too flirty. Isabella surprised by walking the runway as the last model. Many in the crowd who did not know Isabella’s age gasped when they realized that she was the designer.

“I feel wonderful,” she says after the show. “I think it went as good as could be.”




Several people encouraged her to apply to fashion week and so she did. “So many people have been so supportive,” she says.

Mom Sherri Taylor says this has been a busy summer because Isabella also was in an art show at Flatbed Press two weeks ago.

Isabella has been designing clothes for more than two years and her passion started as artwork, then mixed media, then she went to a sewing camp. This is her third collection.

Her parents are supportive, but they’re not sure where she got her love of fashion. “I’m so excited for her to fulfill her passion and dreams,” says mom Sherri Taylor after Isabella’s line walked down the runway. “It’s exciting. She worked so hard.”

While most kids her age would be going into sixth grade, Isabella is talking high school and college classes through the Davidson Institute for Talent Development for extremely gifted students.

Some of Isabella’s designs included a print of a self-portait painting she did. She sees fashion as a form of art with its use of color and form.

She finds many of her fabrics in New York, which she says she tries to go to every two months.

Next up, she’s doing some shows in Dallas and trying to get her lines into retail stores. The designs are not yet available online.

When asked if this is what she wants to do for the rest of her life, she responds, “Definitely.”

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Fashion’s Night Out Dallas, TX Sept. 6, 2012

Isabella Rose Fashion

Kristy Stubbs Gallery 25 Highland Park Village, Suite 106, Dallas, TX 75205

Meet Isabella Rose Taylor:   6:00pm to 11:00pm

Independent Artists Events and Kristy Stubbs Gallery present an Exhibition of Isabella Rose Taylor Fashion and selected Paintings. This evening will showcase the 11-year old Austin native and her amazing collection for the sophisticated Tween.

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