New York Fashion Week Fall ’12. Rachel Roy’s Call Of The Wild

February 13, 2012 • Fashion Blog, Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Fall '12


Summary: Like the pieces themselves, Rachel Roy described her Fall ’12 collection in a structured, yet minimal way: “Strong linear architectural silhouettes balanced with natural elements.” Roy achieved this juxtaposition through the layering of textures like chunky knits with silk crepe, leather with tweed and wool with satin. The vibrant, water color palette also helped to create a naturalistic aesthetic, as bright and varied as their names suggested: Moss, Eucaplyptus and Winter Rose. Of course, Roy went above and beyond merely titling her show about nature- several of the pieces featured sustainable fabrics and eco-friendly processes.

I personally loved the colors of the collection. Splashed across the natural light of the Alice Tully Hall atrium, the purples, oranges and blues seemed lit from within. Even the darker, more “fall-like” palette of “soil”, “willow” and “landscape” seemed soft and playful instead of flat. The only thing I really didn’t love about the collection was how some of the looks were styled as if as a spring show, but with a knit collar thrown on for good measure. Sleeveless dresses with nary a cardigan in sight were warmed only by a snood or collar. I felt like for all the great separates that were accounted for, as well as the desirable accessories like woven leather clutches and leather suede gloves, we could have seen more outerwear or just heavier pieces in general. Even if do like to embrace the beauty of nature, we are still in New York after all.

Color Palette: Black, sapphire, citrine, landscape, eucalyptus, granite, steps print, crown molding print, pine, chestnut, willow, soil, foliage, winter rose, garnet

Fabrics and Textures: tweed, crochet, confetti knit, double face, leather suede, chunky tape knit, silk cotton, tweed boucle, pony suede, washed silk, double face quilted, lambskin, jacquard, wool, wool/satin, sustainable flannel, woven leather, wool punched needle leather, shearling, leather mix, merino knit, jersey, satin, angora knit, rose fiber knit, silk organza, silk wool, silk crepe, satin back double face

Key Looks: Foliage angora Knit cardigan, Soil wool Interlock jersey full skirt, Winter rose padded glove, Winter rose print silk cotton shirt dress, Foliage shearling collar, Garnet multi woven leather clutch, Landscape tweed architectural beaded dress, Crown molding print washed silk dress, Eucalyptus chunky tape knit snood, Soul double face magnet mini dress, Willow wool interlock jersey button neck top, Pine/landscape reversible shearling vest, Garnet silk wool petal dress, Chestnut padded leather suede glove

–Alia Rajput

Photos: NYMag

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