Rachel Roy Fall 2011 Review

Rachel Roy Fall 2011

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Looks from the Rachel Roy Fall 2011 collection

SHOW: Rachel Roy

THEME:  “An eclectic mix of playful layering, multimedia, and rich texture”

HAIR: Ted Gibson for L’Oréal

MAKEUP: Bobbi Brown, nails by Sally Hansen

OVERALL TAKEAWAY: A worldly hodgepodge of more-is-more layering, balanced with Roy’s signature uptown edge

One of Rachel Roy’s greatest strengths is that she makes clothes for women, not girls—but with her Fall 2011 collection, she showed that grown-ups can have just as much fun as the twentysomething set.

More was more for Roy this season, with an explosion of jubilant color and texture that always stayed on the right side of wacky. Floral-print silks, Lurex knits, and voluminous Mongolian wool snoods were layered with more conservative, tailored pieces (though still in rich colors) like a boiled-wool sleeveless jacket, a mustard-yellow suede wrap shirtdress (Roy herself wore a brick red version for the presentation), and a sharp little double-breasted jacket.

Roy also presented a capsule collection of eight trenchcoats for Fall, which, while all in a blue-gray color palette, couldn’t have been more varied. There was Japanese denim with a shearling collar, a kimono-style wrap dress, a glamorous satin trench gown, and even a lacquered denim lace trench dress.

The lineup was a convincing argument as to why Rachel Roy could truly take over the closets of her customers this season. With this kind of selection, it shouldn’t be a problem.