Rachel Roy held her fall presentation this morning at the Library for the Performing Arts, and was clearly in the mood for some eclectic layering. The models, sporting Heidi-style braids interwoven with printed fabric scraps (a fabulous DIY beauty idea if ever we saw one), wore a number of wallpaper-floral pieces, among them silk carrot pants and chiffon frocks. We liked that Roy seemed to have drawn on several multi-cultural ways of dressing; one striped lamé dress mimicked the cut of a Japanese kimono, while several pieces in a red-and-purple “Peruvian tweed” were definite standouts. Meanwhile, a head-to-toe navy look featuring a belted, bugle-beaded tunic topped with a slouchy knit coat hit the perfect note of relaxed refinement.
For fans of Roy’s famous trenches, fall’s capsule line of coats were thoroughly denim-centric. In addition to the blue-jean takes on the classic topper, several of the trenches were cut from lace, satin, or jersey but dyed a deep shade of indigo.