Louise Roe Pays More Attention To the Front Row Than The Runway

Celebrity stylist Louise Roe has been all over the front rows at New York Fashion Week — we saw her everywhere from Rebecca Taylor to Milly, chatting with celebrities and taking it all in. But in an email interview, Roe told Styleite that sometimes, she doesn’t even pay attention to what’s coming down the runway.

Roe, who will debut a line of clothing for HSN this week, says she’s often more interested in what other people at the show are wearing. Check out her reason for scoping out the other row, plus what it’s like to be a designer instead of a stylist, in our Q-and-A below.

What do you look for when you’re front row at a fashion show?
Interesting outfits on the opposite front row. Sometimes the fashionistas watching have cooler ensembles than what’s on the actual runway!

What was your favorite show this week?
Marchesa tied first place with Tibi.

What are some key trends you noticed over the course of the week?
Retro, graphic prints — at BCBG, Milly, DVF, Tommy Hilfiger. Really bold, bright colors, Bermuda shorts, summer capes, neon handbags, long dresses with keyhole cut-outs and more high-waisted trousers.

What does your collection on HSN allow you to say, and who are you saying it to?
My main messages are- wear color and choose clothing because it fits your shape (not because it’s trendy or a bargain, etc). I wanted to create go-to pieces that flatter women of all shapes and sizes. No matter your lifestyle, figure or bank balance, you’re allowed to feel chic and elegant if you want to.

What’s the biggest difference between being a stylist and being a designer?
The two can very much overlap, but physically crafting a garment from start to finish is an incredible, intricate process- as I’ve just learned!

When you’re not wearing your own clothes, who’s your favorite designer?
Tibi, Alice+Olivia, Paige Denim, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes.

Is there anything about fashion week that you wish you could do away with?
The lack of sleep!

And the church said amen. Check out Roe’s HSN collection here.

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