Rachel Roy

Rachel Roy Pre-Fall 2013

Rachel Roy Pre-Fall 2013

New York: Rachel Roy took her woman on a journey to exotic locales this season. The designer cited Kenya and Haiti as references for the collection. (Roy recently visited the latter country to advise local women on how to start businesses.) The regional references were subtle and respectful. Roy seemed to draw the vibrant colors – fiery red, pastel pink, rich mulberry – from Haiti, while Kenya inspired variations on traditional African prints. Southeast Asian batiks also entered into the mix. The whole lot was given a luxe touch, with metallic elements, intricate beading, and lustrous leathers. Roy wisely stuck to classic shapes, such as pencil skirts, trim blazers, and stovepipe trousers, making the eye-catching pieces wearable and approachable. –Joanna Manganaro

Silhouette: Long and lean / Hourglass / Drape-y / A-line / Flared

Color: Tan / Black / White / Deep teal / Olive / Pastel pink / Oxblood / Mulberry / Pewter / Fiery red / Chocolate brown / Gold

Key Items: Stovepipe trousers / Shawl collar blazers / Patterned pencil skirts / Leather pants

Materials: Lustrous leathers / Printed silks / Twill / Printed corduroy / Burnout velvet / Crepe de chine / Fine-gauge and chunky yarns / Snakeskin

Print + Pattern: Abstract geometrics / African-inspired patterns / Batik / Texture prints / Wide stripes / Lace

Details + Trim: Metallic appliqués / Beading / Contrast trim / Shawl collars / Piecing / Leather panels / Handkerchief hemlines

Accessories + Footwear: Beaded bracelets / Ankle-strap sandals / Multi-strap sandals / Pointy-toe pumps / Peep-toe ankle boots


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