Rachel Roy‘s spring presentation was held on the exterior promenade of Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center Monday morning with the sun shining as brightly as the plentiful stars that came out in support of the adored designer.
The inspiration for the collection was drawn from colonial Vietnam in the 20′s and 30′s which was immediately obvious through standout gowns featuring mandarin collars, kimono wrap dresses and a delicate floral print taken from a piece of Vietnamese tile work.
“The collection is a play on opposites,” Rachel told me after the show. A technique she achieved by mixing fabrics, shapes and color. The season’s dominant “sporty” trend was touched upon through my favorite look of the collection: white perforated leather shorts with snakeskin trim styled with an ultra-fem silk blouse.
The twenty-seven piece collection Roy calls, “effortless, simple and refined but wearable now,” was menswear heavy and all about juxtaposition. The tailored boy’s-club-wears appeared in soft, slouchy shapes and colors such as nude and dusty mint while feminine florals decorated more structured styles in rigid fabrics with edgier pops of color.
And I cannot forget to mention the ankle strap platforms that were the talk of the show.
So what did I just HAVE to ask Rachel Roy? Why, her dressing motto of course which she says is all about balance—being effortless yet original.
We discussed Gabrielle “Coco“ Chanel’s rule for dressing which states: “Before leaving the house, a lady should stop, look in the mirror, and remove one piece of jewelry.”
While Rachel would never dream to improve upon Chanel, she offers an update, which I absolutely love:
“Mix it. So, yes if you want to take something off—put something on but put something on that is more lower end…put something on that is authentic or from your travels. Put something on that mixes what you’re already wearing because we’re not just one facade—we’re so many different hats and so many different personalities.”
Who will you be today?