Fashion's Brightest Flower: Kathy Rose
FROM LEFT: Kathy Rose for Roseark Arrowhead necklaces; Stormie for Roseark hand-beaded cuffs; Kathy Rose; Anndra Neen cuffs
As Los Angeles’ status in the fashion world steadily increases with an ever-growing number of small up-and-coming designers setting up shop on the West Coast while making their mark nationally, there are a few iconic Angelenos who define the free-spirited style and think-outsidethe- box aesthetic so special to our city. Prominent among them is Roseark co-owner Kathy Rose, whose successful West Hollywood lifestyle gallery— which she owns with her husband, Rick Rose—boasts an A-list clientele and a stunning array of unique and innovative clothing and accessories. This year Rose further proved her remarkable sense of style and creative approach to fashion when she won the Bravo show Launch My Line, in which 10 industry professionals partnered with 10 established designers to create a line of clothing. “I went into it thinking, I’m just going to do what I love; I’ll never change or shift. I’ve never been into trends,” says Rose. “Looking back at everything I designed, it’s like, Wow!”
The line she developed on the show, Native Rose, sold out on the Rue La La website in a remarkable two hours. But fashionistas can still get their hands on a Kathy Rose original. This fall the original Roseark will carry a selection of her one-of-a-kind gowns, dramatic skirts and suit jackets—as will the store’s new Santa Monica outpost, opened this summer. The new boutique carries Jennifer Meyer’s full collection of popular jewels, Katie Brunini and Allan Stuck pieces and the work of countless other artists, including Rose herself (think eagle cuffs, arrowhead necklaces and other statement-making accessories).
“My inspiration board is stuff from the rain forest and the animal kingdom—I’m never just looking at things that are already out there,” says Rose. “I’ll make something and then six months later, I’ll see it everywhere. I don’t know what sort of consciousness that is, but I feel like I always draw from nature, and it’s everlasting.” This fashion- forward businesswoman has both her lines in mind when she designs. Her dresses bare plunging Vs in the front and back to showcase chain necklaces she’s designed that drape on both the chest and back. And while her clothing pieces are currently one-offs, Rose does intend to create a line for the masses eventually. For now, though, there seems to be no doubt that when it comes to LA fashion, everything is coming up Rose.
PHOTOGRAPHS BY ULRICA WIHLBORG