For spring 2013, Rachel Roy wanted “a whimsical balance created through a mix of enchanted prints and electric color for spring”. The result was silky suits in bright hues and prints, henley shirt-style dresses with accordion pleats, figure-flattering dresses, and leg-lengthening bottoms. We caught up with the designer, who gave us a glimpse into the to-die-for accessories, and revealed how she decompresses after the craziness that is New York Fashion Week.
While the clothes were soft, fluid, and silky, the accessories were the opposite. Think blinged out, dazzling, and all sorts of cool.
“I always love the unexpected mix and feel it is the most modern,” she told us. “Strong statement chain necklaces paired with feminine dresses, piles of ID and friendship bracelets (the more the better to tell the story), and crystal and pyramid embellished heels paired with the silky tailored clothing gave a juxtaposition between ladylike femme and a tailored edge. Those shoes were my favorite, and I am wearing them straight away!”
Stylist Mary-Alice Stephenson and gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross both made cameos at the presentation. The latter wasn’t a surprise — Roy has a history of working with athletes. Could one with Richards-Ross be in the works? After all, she does want to dip her toes into fashion.
“To work with a gold medal winner, what an honor,” Roy said. “I admire Sanya’s perseverance, strength, and beauty. I would be so lucky to work with her in the future. When I collaborate with artists and athletes, it brings new perspective for me. Like artists, I imagine athletes venturing into the fashion space bring innovation into the marketplace.”
After Fashion Week finally ends, Roy told us that she’s looking forward to “hot bubble baths, and spending time with my girls, both my little ones and girlfriends.” Now that’s the way to relax.