The Suburbs are Back in Fashion

Lela Rose with Sara Abbott and the Pearl team NYC cocktail party. Photo by Sara Kerens
Lela Rose with Sara Abbott and the Pearl team NYC cocktail party. Photo by Sara Kerens

January 20, 2020 by Sara Abbott

Not that the women in the 02043 aren’t already stylish, but if this weird winter has earned us anything, it’s the right to splurge on warm-weather looks. Here’s why all fashion-savvy Hinghamites will be at the Sip & See Soiree on January 22nd at The Guesthouse for a taste of spring with Lela Rose’s new bridge line, Pearl — and why you should be, too.

Pearl by Lela Rose
Photo by Bryan Derballa

Yes, Lela Rose is her real name. Although she may not be a household name around here yet, you’ve undoubtedly seen the beautiful looks Lela’s created for her celebrity clientele like the Duchess of Cambridge, Mandy Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tina Fey, Jessica Chastain, Mindy Kaling, Chrissy Teigen, Michelle Obama and more.

Pearl by Lela Rose
Photo by Bryan Derballa

Lela and I are both native Texans. I’ve known who she is as a designer since before she dressed the Bush Twins for their father’s first presidential inauguration. (By the way, she continues to dress Jenna Bush Hager all these years later. If you caught Jenna’s return to The Today Show after maternity leave, you saw her head-to-toe in peppy polka dots which are part of the Pearl collection.) A single piece from Lela’s ready-to-wear collection, which is sold at Bergdorf’s, Neiman’s and the like, can start in the low $700’s and go up from there. While gorgeous, I give thanks for some good ‘ol Southern sensibility, which is at the heart of Pearl. This collection provides her signature “Lela look” and exquisite quality of clothing, but it’s less formal so it can be worn every day and at a more affordable price.

Pearl by Lela Rose
Photo by Bryan Derballa

The Sip & See Soiree in Hingham is inspired by Lela’s preference to throw a party in lieu of a stuffy presentation to show off her latest creations. There’s a reason she’s known for having the most fun and creative fashion shows during New York Fashion Week. Lela says pieces in the Pearl collection are ‘for women going places, having fun and living life to the fullest.’ I totally identify with this. I love to entertain. I love clothes. I also love a polished look while still feeling comfortable and functional but without breaking the bank. Best of all, Pearl brings racks of these exclusive luxuries and a special shopping experience to you, so you can see the entire collection in person and piece together your favorites.

To add to the staycation/vacation vibe, contemporary land and seascape artist, Jess Hurley Scott, will have works on view while Pearl is at the Guesthouse. Meryl Pinette of Merrily Blooms will be creating a live floral installation during the Soiree. Both women are local to the South Shore and talents you should know, if you don’t already.

Pearl by Lela Rose
Photo by Bryan Derballa

Ladies, at this time in our lives we just want our clothes to fit effortlessly into our lifestyle. Lela’s nailed it with gorgeous garments, but also an entire ambiance that’s simply irresistible. I’m thrilled to bring this collection to Hingham and invite you to come give a warm welcome to Pearl by Lela Rose from January 17-27 with private fittings in my Hingham home. Pearl will be at The Guesthouse (93 South Street) January 22 & 23. Appointments for both are strongly encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. The Fall/Winter collection is available online at pearl.nyc./saraabbott. Connect with me directly at [email protected] to book a fitting for yourself, and of course, bring a friend or two!

Although Sara Abbott will never be a Townie, she does consider herself "a joiner" since moving to her husband’s hometown of Hingham in 2008. Sara remains actively involved in Hingham and the South Shore with a focus on special needs, healthcare and performing arts causes, but most especially as mom to three active boys and a Great Dane puppy.

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