Designer Dish: Q&A with Pamella Roland

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Known for her ultra-glam, feminine, red-carpet worthy gowns, Pamella Roland’s designs have attracted stars from Carrie Underwood to Halle Berry to Whitney Port. Right before Roland showed her Spring 15 collection at New York Fashion Week, we caught up with the incredibly busy designer backstage to ask her a few non-fashion week related questions. Well okay, we couldn’t resist one NYFW question!

Q:

What is your favorite vacation spot – where do you go to relax?

A:

Oh, I have a few! I love Italy, it's one of my favorite places to go. And we actually have a place in the Bahamas, and it’s ours, it’s located in Eleuthera, so we go there a lot. We have a home in Northern Michigan, and that’s probably my favorite in the summer. It’s on the lake and we bring the whole family.

Q:

So, if you had to go to Michigan with only one item in your makeup bag, what’s the one beauty product you’d bring?

A:

I definitely am a lipstick girl.

Q:

Do you have a signature shade?

A:

I’ve been wearing coral recently but I usually go for a light red and my favorite brand is Laura Mercier.

Q:

What’s your favorite place in New York to hang out with your girlfriends?

A:

We really love Soho House; it’s always a fun to meet and catch up. We always have a great time; there’s a lot of people there, and so we hang out there quite a bit.

Q:

So I know you have two dogs, what’s your favorite thing to do with them in New York? Do you spoil them?

A:

Well I’m from Michigan but I live here part time. My golden retriever is large, so she usually stays at home. Her name is Audi, named after the car. But the little one, Manolo, goes everywhere. This is the first time she hasn’t been with me at a show, she’s usually in her little bag, and she’s so good. As long as she knows she’s with me, she hangs out backstage and doesn’t make a peep, and she’s a blast. She sleeps with me, everything.

Q:

Is it hard not having her with you backstage?

A:

I’m really sad! I’ve missed her.

Q:

What’s the biggest difference in your mind from fashion week years ago compared to fashion week now?

A:

In my mind for one, (fashion week) is not so new to me, in the beginning the newness is frightening, but we’ve come along way. There are a lot more designers showing at fashion week. I’ve been in the business 12 years and even in 12 years there’s been a big jump. I definitely feel like the oldest one out there!