Lela Rose


Courtesy of Lela Rose

With a bridal collection, a line of bridesmaid dresses and a bridal shoe collection for Payless, Texas native Lela Rose is definitely a triple threat. We got the wedding dress designer (pictured here with her faithful companion Stitch) to take a break from her busy schedule to chat with us about staying cool at a summer wedding, bridesmaid dress tips and the fashion item she thinks brides should economize on. —Kathryn Papanek

What qualities do you think brides should look for in a wedding shoe?

Good price. I think the wedding day shoe is a place that a bride can save. I have never worn my wedding shoes a second time and do not believe that many brides do. That is why I think a bride can save money here and go with a classic beautiful style and not break the bank.

We're in thick of the summer wedding season. Do you have any advice for a bride who wants to keep her look fresh and photo-ready during a hot summer wedding?

I would stay away from...

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