Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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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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