“Well it’s only 18. The rule is: If it’s less than 24, I cook,” says New York-by-way-of-Texas designer Lela Rose. She’s talking about guests, not hours—because if we were talking hours … well, one suspects she’d have a generous rule for hours, too. One that would still allow her to be in the kitchen prepping Oysters Rockefeller in heels.
Lela presented her fall collection at a luncheon at the restaurant Loring Place on Monday afternoon; by Tuesday afternoon she was in her art-filled Tribeca home preparing dinner for tonight’s party, which includes members of her team as well as Nordstrom buyers and friends.
Lela Rose showed her tulip-embellished fall 2017 collection one day
before she hosted a dozen and a half of us at a dinner party.
Based loosely on her just-unveiled collection—which was based loosely on tulips and what she sees as their inherent properties of beauty, hope and resilience—the evening was an opportunity to see Lela as Lela. Beyond her flattering peplum tops and fit-and-flares, she’s a woman who loves being with friends. An urban southerner thoroughly at home in the world.