Rachel Roy’s Spring 2012 collection was my favorite presentation that I saw during my stay in New York. There was something about how chic yet comfortable all the pieces looked. They would be appropriate for an evening out or for lounging about. The inspiration for the collection was colonial Vietnam in the 1920s and 1930s. “It was an era when women explored and broke with tradition…I was interested to see what a woman [in that era] might wear from a gentleman’s wardrobe in a modern, 2012 way.” (Style.com)
I would wear just about every piece in this collection. The relaxed separates and the mostly black and white color palette with soft shades of turquoise and coral accents were lovely. I especially loved the Asian-inspired details like the Mandarin collars, kimono-style dresses and áo dài dresses (the Vietnamese version of a cheongsam). The Mandarin collars were echoed in the subtle curves of pant edges and I loved the black piping detail on the silk blouses. The loose pajama-style suits were very on trend but looked timelessly elegant. The finishing touch on the collection was natural leather belts and shoes that were neutral enough to let the clothing shine. I’m hoping these looks will trickle down to the Rachel by Rachel Roy collection – a price point that is more friendly to my wallet!
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