Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week NY Fall ’11. Rachel Roy’s Globe-Trotting Glam

February 15, 2011 • New York Fashion Week Fall '11, Yahoo

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Summary: The first thing I thought of when entering Rachel Roy's presentation (besides noting how gorgeous Roy is in person) was Russian Nesting Dolls. Having inherited a beautiful Eastern Europe set from my grandmother, I cherish the whimsy and playful elegance of the stack-able dolls, which I immediately identified in Rachel Roy's Fall'11 collection. Lined up in rows and set apart for our viewing pleasure, the models were piled high with a plethora of color, print and texture that spilled down from head to toe. Perhaps the intricate braids wrapped around the crowns of the models' heads added to my Russo-laced reflection, or the petite blossoms on the floral printed skirts and trousers. And yet, the collection did not seem antiquated in any way or even costumey. Roy provided a fresh and what she called "eclectic" mix of wearable separates adeptly paired for a modern globe-trotter look. 

A slightly different aesthetic was seen in Roy's Trench Capsule Presentation, where eight silhouettes of trench was explored using denim. While this collection was a more accurate representation of Roy's signature use of cut and tailoring, it did make for a decidedly less exciting display when paired on static mannequins next to the live and vibrantly colored main collection. 

Color Palette: wall paper floral, conifer, black, rust, feather print, nightshade, modern stripe, charcoal, blueberry, turmeric, midnight, ikat, navy, woven stripe, ivory, textured stripe, oatmeal, lotus print, grey, oselot print

Fabrics and Textures: silk chiffon, boiled wool, merino, cotton, wool, knit, suede, crepe, textured wool, mongolian wool, airsilk wool organdy, angora, intarsia, cashmere, jersey, charmeuse, tweed, jacquard, silk jacquard, lame/wool, shearling, satin, frisse, glass, denim

Key Looks: Wall paper floral silk chiffon dress, modern stripe intarsia knit, turmeric suede soft jersey tee, blueberry wooly angora puff jacket, lotus print silk jacquard blouse jacket, navy pebbled satin jumpsuit, conifer glass embroidered gown

-Alia Rajput

Photo Source: NY Mag

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