Young fashion designers new york
Published: 17:13 BST, 11 September 2014 | Updated: 19:46 BST, 11 September 2014
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 Nordstrom.com.
The Austin, Texas, girl in bright red hightops has soaked in fashion since she was eight, got serious about it at nine after taking a sewing class and uses her own paintings as inspiration for some of her prints and designs.
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Prodigy: 13-year-old fashion designer Isabella Rose Taylor gets a round of applause after her first-ever show at New York Fashion Week. The teenager's collection launched in Nordstrom last month
'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. Isabella 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.'
Isabella showed maxi dresses, cropped halter tops and tennis skirts, sticking mostly to black, grey and blue.
She also presented comfy sweaters and cardigans, and adorable short babydoll overalls in a blue check.
Effortless style: Isabella showed maxi dresses, crop tops and tennis skirts, sticking mostly to a muted palette
Fun factor: She put graphic clouds with long swinging fringe or cute little raindrops on some of the clothes
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 eight. I love being able to share it
'I've been painting as long as I can remember and doing fashion since I was eight,' she added. 'I just love being able to share it.'
At the age of nine, Isabella — a painter since she was three — took a week-long sewing class with an eye toward incorporating textiles into her artwork. She quickly discovered a love for fashion design as well, taking the class twice more that summer.
'It just started out as a really fun hobby and it grew into a business over the years,' Isabella said in an interview last month at her Austin, Texas, home, where she's converted one room into a studio and another into an office.
Guest appearance: Olivia Somerlyn sang her single Parachute on the runway before the models walked
She added, 'I just really fell in love with it the way I fell in love with art, and I realized that I just had so much fun connecting the two.'
With inspiration from an abstract mixed media painting she did when she was younger that includes reds, grays, blues, mustard yellow and neutral earthy tones, Isabella created a fall line with a 'street grunge vibe' and 'modern hippie' inspiration.
'It all started with the colors of the painting for me,' she said.
Jennifer Jackson Brown, a corporate merchandise manager for Nordstrom, said Isabella's line was a good fit for their juniors section. She said that at the same time she was contacted by Isabella's camp, her team had been trying to track Isabella down after seeing her on a television appearance.
'What we really liked about her is that she is actually the age of customer so there's that relatability factor that she has,' Jackson Brown said. 'And on top of it, she's quite aspirational for them at the same time.'
Focused: Isabella is pictured searching through clothing racks backstage before her show on Tuesday
Center of attention: Isabella seemed at ease as she spoke to reporters before presenting her collection
Jackson Brown said they were not only impressed with her 'keen sense of creating,' but also with her ability to explain how each piece works with the others and how the collection came together. 'She's actually quite a visionary at the age of 13,' Jackson Brown said.
'I think sometimes what a designer misses is that people want to understand how to dress head-to-toe and she was able to do that,' Jackson Brown said.
Isabella's fall collection includes 'shorties,' high-waisted shorts made of a soft knit that can be paired with leggings and boots. There's also a flannel jacket featuring one of the details she likes to include: a tiny American flag button on the pocket. A jersey baby doll dress and a henley tunic dress feature the painting that inspired the collection.
Isabella said that after taking the sewing classes, she gradually got more serious about fashion, making clothes for friends, designing a collection and eventually getting a handful of items produced and selling them online and at trunk shows. Her line is now produced in Los Angeles.
Isabella went to school on an accelerated schedule, graduating from high school at 11 and now attending community college.
Teenage dreams: Isabella says that even though her schedule can be hectic, she enjoys it and feels like she has a good balance of school, art, fashion and just hanging out with friends
Sherri Taylor said it was apparent early on that her daughter had an aptitude for art. 'When she was really young we really noticed how she played with colors and it was just very unusual,' she said. 'We knew that something was happening so we just kept buying her more colors.'
'She's tried a lot of different things and some things stuck and something things didn't, but art and fashion have been consistent,' she said, adding that her daughter's fashion career 'just kind of snowballed.'
Jennifer LaTorre-Daly, a 20-year veteran of the fashion industry, joined Taylor's team last fall as the New York-based strategic planning director, focusing on getting Taylor's clothes in major retail outlets. 'It's a great concept: She's designing for her peers,' LaTorre-Daly said.
Isabella said that even though her schedule can be hectic, she enjoys it and feels like she has a good balance of school, art, fashion and just hanging out with friends. And she points out that she has friends who are just as busy with interests like acting or dance.
'The way I see it is I get to follow my dream and be a teenager at the same time. I think I'm pretty lucky in that respect,' she said.