13-year-old designer puts on NY Fashion Week show

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

NEW YORK (AP) — Waving to her guests like a pro after her runway show Tuesday, Isabella Rose Taylor at age 13 achieved something most designers never will: She made it to New York Fashion Week.

Oh, and there also was her launch last month of the Isabella Rose Taylor line for juniors exclusively at

The Austin, Texas, girl in bright red hightops has soaked in fashion since she was 8, got serious about it at 9 after taking a sewing class and uses her own paintings as inspiration for some of her prints and designs.

"I'm so excited. The adrenaline is pumping," she said backstage after the show, becoming one of the youngest to ever present. "It was so amazing."

Olivia Somerlyn sang her single "Parachute" on the runway before the models walked in light pink babydoll dresses and blue ones with a touch of fringe.

She put graphic clouds with long fringe swinging freely or cute little raindrops on some of the clothes. Taylor called those references and a floral print in loungepants and a T-shirt a "little bit of irony, just because fashion can be taken just a little too seriously sometimes."

Taylor showed maxi dresses, cropped halter tops and tennis skirts, sticking mostly to black, gray and blue.

She also presented comfy sweaters and cardigans, and adorable short babydoll overalls in a blue check.

So what got her interested in fashion? She now has a seasoned team working with her after graduating high school at age 11.

"I've always loved creating, ever since I was little," Taylor said of the dream, achieved in the case of New York Fashion Week with the help of sponsor Dell.

"I've been painting as long as I can remember and doing fashion since I was 8," she added. "I just love being able to share it."


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