After a tumultuous couple of years, designer Rachel Roy may finally be making a return to the New York Fashion Week calendar after four seasons without a presence.
To recap: Last March, Roy's designer line was unceremoniously shuttered by former parent company Jones Group. Jones Group did this shortly before it was acquired by Sycamore Partners, which then sold all of Roy's brands and trademarks to Bluestar Alliance, without Roy's permission. Roy sued, was granted a preliminary injunction preventing the sale, and sold a majority stake in her business to Topson Downs in Los Angeles, where Roy is now based. The case was ultimately settled out of court.
Since joining forces, Roy and Topson Downs have been focused on expanding the lower-priced Rachel Rachel Roy line, which will add new categories next year including a plus-size "Curvy Collection," a rep confirmed. And with the more commercial part of her business on track, Roy is ready to relaunch her designer line.
Roy plans to relaunch the line officially next September for a spring 2017 delivery, according to a report in WWD, which a spokesperson for the label confirmed, unable to offer any further details, like whether that launch will involve a proper show at New York Fashion Week. Of course, the way things are going, she may have to hold off on showing that collection until it's about to hit stores.