Atlanta designer Jhanelle Lewis at the Biltmore Friday July 24

I had to giggle to myself when I saw designer Jhanelle Lewis’ line called “Live Lavish” on the runway at Atlanta Fashion Week. Not only did it hold this magazine’s name, but some of the pieces truly spoke to my inner Lavish diva. I caught up with the designer backstage for a brief one-on-one:

Clothing Line Name: LIVELavish
Designer: Jhanelle Lewis

Q: Where are you based?
JL: Riverdale, Atlanta Although I am originally from Yonkers, NY.

Q: How long have you been designing?
JL: I’ve been designing for 12 years since high school. I studied fashion design at Katherine Gibbs in New York, and then came to study at AIU in Buckhead.

Q: What is your inspiration?
JL: I am inspired by colors and structure. My theme for my latest collection was “Citrus Safari”. Some of my favorite designers are Chanel and Jean Paul Gaultier. I am also in love with the structure in Lanvin.

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