The clothes at Rachel Roy’s Spring 2012 presentation were strong and beautiful, but it was almost difficult to focus on the collection as tons of A-listers—including the likes of Molly Sims, Margherita Missoni, Veronica Webb, and longtime friend Kim Kardashian—packed the outdoor balcony at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall to support their stylish pal. “She just loves what she does and I love that about her,” Kardashian told us. “We have so many fun dinners where we talk about clothes all day long, and she just knows how to dress a woman, you know?” Yes, we do, and Kim’s skin-tight, muted khaki knit dress was a perfect example of that.
“I just want people to feel confident and smart in my clothes,” Roy told us. This season, opposites drove the collection, and Roy perfectly balanced both masculine and feminine shapes in each of the 27 pieces. She drew inspiration from The Lover, a film set in the 1930’s. “I put it on repeat in my home, no sound, I just had the picture going over and over and over to get those visuals of what a gentleman was wearing,” she said. Roy reinterpreted that aesthetic to create strong silhouettes for a modern woman.
The first look—a crisp white suit which boasted a draped jacket, silk pajama shirt, and twill cropped pants—set the tone for the effortlessly elegant collection. Some of our favorite pieces included a graphic, floral washed silk maxi dress in black with pops of yellow and tangerine, and a satin gown, draped at the neck, in a bright turquoise hue. Molly Sims, on the other hand, was eyeing a white linen jacket with a salmon colored sash. “There’s also a blue and white dress that crosses and kind of has a different hem at the bottom that’s so elegant,” she said.
But the show didn’t exactly go off without a hitch. One model became weak from the hot sun beating down on her and nearly fell off the stage. She was quickly escorted out. And while Bobbi Brown worried that her makeup applications “were melting,” the natural and sophisticated looks—created by using hints of rose gold—definitely shined through.
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