Linda Rowe Thomas is a Little Rock-based designer recognized for her haute couture evening wear and inspirational story of survival. At age two, Linda was in a devastating house fire which left her with facial scarring and damage to both hands, including the loss of her fingers on her left hand. Despite these impairments, Linda creates all her garments completely by hand in her showroom in the heart of downtown Little Rock.
Linda Rowe Thomas is the first and only burn survivor to show a collection at NYFW, which she has done an impressive five times. Staying true to her Southern roots, Linda opted to debut the newest collection of her popular Romás line at Atlanta International Fashion Week on April 2nd. The fashion event was held in the courtyard of the majestic Millennium Gate Museum, a venue known for its massive columns and architecture inspired by the Arch of Titus in Rome.
The Fall/Winter 2016 Romás show opened with sultry blues music and the beautiful Ashthon Jones from season 10 of American Idol walking in a stunning houndstooth cocktail dress.
The collection reflects Linda’s signature aesthetic of sophisticated, wearable designs and includes a variety of styles including evening gowns, cocktail dresses, pants and separates in luxurious black, charcoal, garnet and bold red colors. As a departure from her spring/summer line, Linda played with fabrics like silk and leather as well as intricate details made of lace, sequins and fringe. The simple and chic looks of the models – executed by Atlanta’s Gocha Salon and overseen by Little Rock makeup artist Aaron Perkins of Face Your Day Studios – consisted of a smoky eye and nude lip with hair in a classic French chignon.
Linda’s collection was dubbed best of the evening and highly praised by attendees – including Atlanta Fashion Week Ambassador Marlo Hampton of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, who congratulated Linda on her triumph. Although not a city often recognized for fashion, Little Rock proved that our citizens have just as much talent as those from larger metropolises.