Keeping it Local with RaMona LaRue

{RaMona LaRue romper, Fly Boutique vintage necklace, Aldo bracelet, Jimmy Choo shoes.}

I was recently invited to check out RaMona LaRue’s studio, a space located just above Isa Boutique in Midtown. Inside, racks upon racks of hand-painted silk designs bring the space to life. It’s a skill designer Arianne learned from her mother, Ramona, for whom the line is named. After losing her mom to cancer, Arianne created the line as an homage to this most influential person in her life. And RaMona LaRue was born. 

{Orange, a prominent color in the current collection.}

A true artist in every sense of the word, Arianne takes patterns, most of which are animal-print inspired, paints them onto her fabrics and then turns them into stunning boho-chic apparel. Her long, flowing dresses and kaftans are inspiring and ideal for Miami’s dreaded summer heat. And nearly all of her pieces transition from beachwear to evening wear with ease, including a plunging-necked halter bodysuit that can be worn as a bathing suit or a top beneath maxi skirts and palazzo pants. It’s transitions like these that are essential requirements for every Miami girl’s wardrobe. My romper (pictured above) is another staple for Arianne. Her jumpsuits and onesie-type pieces are subtle, sexy and sophisticated. And comfortable. She’s yet another Miami designer who gets what it means to live, work, play and dress in Miami. Plus, from points a to z, each piece is conceptualized, created and manufactured in Miami. 

{Arianne’s hand-painted patterns.}

{RaMona LaRue defines boho chic.}

I was lucky enough to sneak a peak at what Arianne has planned for her fall line. Boho goes sexy with leather animal-print pants that are so hot, I still can’t get them off my mind. The line also includes stunning leather jackets (think more hippie-chic than motorcycle), a deviation from Arianne’s usual offerings of breezy silks. It’s a direction that’s perfection. Look for the new offerings in late August. You’ll have to beat me there first to get your hands on them, though. Find RaMona LaRue downstairs at Isa Boutique both Jessie Boutiques and Tina B. boutique. You can also find her hosting a trunk show on Thursday at the Eden Roc’s “Get Out and Discover” fete, starting at 7 p.m.

{A look at what’s to come for spring 2013.}

{Seriously, how amazing are the rompers? From the upcoming fall collection.}