A huddled mass including famous names like Brad Goreski, Angela Simmons, and Coco Rocha herded into Alice Tully Hall on Monday to view the Rachel Roy Fall 2012 presentation. It is no wonder that Roy would bring out so many admirers of the celebrity set. After all, she is the woman whose dresses are a favorite of First Lady Michelle Obama, and what girl doesn't want that modern, sophisticated, yet quietly edgy look? It is this aesthetic that has grown Roy's brand, and keeps the celebs coming back season after season.
Ultimately, designers are trying to move product, and Rachel Roy is keenly in tune with what actually sells. She understands that today's woman doesn't want to think too hard when she gets dressed: she wants low maintenance clothes that still make an impact. This is where Roy delivers: she crafts wearable, sellable clothes that can fit any woman's wardrobe. A buttoned up Blair Waldorf type could wear the same orange and fuchsia shearling coat Roy showed today as a funky fresh Harlemite (like our beloved Azealia Banks.)
The theme of her Fall 2012 collection was the "modern landscape," quite literally reflected in the earthy greens and browns, deep, sunset fuchsias and burnt orange hues she used. Roy told us that this season, she had the working woman in mind, which meant clean tailoring and modest hemlines, buttressed by little details like a beautifully draped sleeve or contrasting trim to set the clothes apart from everyday fare. She had a field day with texture: She placed charming crochet trim on sleek, sturdy leather pieces, and paired a washed silk swirl-printed dress with a chunky knit snood. Her show notes describe "strong, linear, architectural silhouettes," which is really indicative of mankind's "modern landscape". With the advent of smartphones and tablets, it seems we're constant trying to cram as much function and variety as possible into a streamlined package. Roy's fall offerings reflect this phenomenon.
I could get on board with most of what she showed, though I questioned the leather culottes-- I have yet to see anyone outside the fashion set wearing those. It could be my infantile attraction to bright colors, but I would say her deep fuchsia and plum colored offerings definitely stole the show. The standout piece? A belted plum tunic with grey trim and a saucy open back. This season was a landmark for the designer, as she debuted her new shoe collection, which is sure to fly off shelves. Modest, comfortable-looking heels with touches of pony hair and suede in teals and magentas? Plenty of women would be happy to wear those.
Click through to take a look at Rachel Roy's entire fall collection!
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