We’ve got to to hand it to designer Lela Rose: The Texas native and Parsons grad—who launched her namesake line in 1998—has managed to consistently turn out collections that are fantastically feminine without being cloying, and delightfully modern without an overt emphasis on flash-in-the-pan trends.
Apart from her signature line, Rose launched a wedding collection in 2006 (she created a gorgeous custom ivory gown with lace detail for Susan Sarandon‘s daughter, Eva Amurri‘s 2011 wedding) and partnered with Payless in 2007 to produce fashion-forward footwear for the retailer.
We caught up with the lower Manhattan resident—who often can be seen tooling around the city on her custom-built trike —to find out what’s on her wish list this season.
Click through to see the seriously cool stuff designer Lela Rose wants this season!
"I love Miles and everything he touches. This book is the perfect place to get inspiration to live an even more glamorous life!"
The Big Book of Chic by Miles Redd, $47.25; at Amazon
"I've biked for years in the city on my custom trike but as my son is getting older, I'm thinking of getting a new bike that can still carry the kids but is lighter weight. This Boda Boda bike is perfect for carrying people on the back with good stability."
Boda Boda Cargo Cruiser, $999.99; at Yubaride
"We've just bought a house in upstate New York and I would love to kick around in these for the weekend."
Missoni x Chuck Taylor knitted high top, $120; at Net-a-Porter
"I absolutely love Bea Valdez's work and the craftsmanship. The way she mixes fabrics and stones is just too charming for words. I would wear any and all of her pieces."
Bea Valdez Drakaina Necklace, $490; at CoutureLab
"I keep a surplus of these candles in my apartment at all times! They’re perfectly fragrant and not too overwhelming."
Jo Malone Grapefruit Candle, $65; at Jo Malone
I actually have an Olympia Le Tan bag already, but I wear it so much, I feel like I need another. [These bags] are such conversation starters and the perfect size to fit all you need for the night."
Olympia Le Tan Embroidered Book Clutch, $1,880; at Net-a-Porter
"I love this dress for how versatile it is. It's the perfect day-to-evening dress, and so comfortable."
Lela Rose Resort 2013 Color Blocked Dress, visit LelaRose.com for retailers
"I love how chic and simple this color is. It’s perfect for every season and every occasion."
Modern Love by Deborah Lippman, $16; at Nordstrom
"The perfect solution to changing up an outfit that you’ve worn out on the town too many times already!"
Commando Ultimate Opaque Matte Tights in all colors, $34; at Wear Commando
"All the fabrics that Parasol uses are sun protecting. The long-sleeve style is perfect for looking chic but also protecting your skin from the sun."
Parasol striped one-piece swimsuit; at Parasol Sun