A search for security? A return to a safer time? A meeting at the Junior
League? Alice Roi's Fall collection suggested all of these things and more.
Roi's inspiration was "the days of the debutantes"although she clearly
wasn't thinking about gin-swilling Jazz Age nymphets; hers are a more sedate
group who wear Ferragamo flats and buy investment clothes. Even when showing
Roi has always been a strong tailor, and this collection's simple lines
showed off her skill. Palazzo pants hung perfectly off the models' hips, an
ankle-length ivory velvet coat had just the right flare and a wool jersey
skimmed the body without a hitch.
The clothes did occasionally get a little too serious. A straightforward red
cashmere knit dress would need to be worn with a lot of attitudeor by
someone under 25to avoid coming off as starchy, and some of the velvet
pieces sat rather heavily. Roi's wit shone through, though, in the fuzzy
ivory fisherman's knits: a shrunken hoody cardigan with poet sleeves, a
halter dress, a sleeveless top. And the glitzy red-and-gold brocade pants
worn with a skintight ivory top and red cashmere tank? Just the thing to
bring out the bad girl trapped inside every well-behaved deb.