Rachel Roy designs her collections with her career-woman customer—who often heads straight from the office to cocktails—in mind. This season, in addition to offering the buy-now-wear-now separates and versatile day dresses she's known for, Roy said she had fun mixing in pieces that have more of a quintessential Resort vibe, which were inspired by a recent trip she took to the Amalfi Coast. Hey, working girls need vacations too!
Digital underwater prints on breezy blouses and slim pencil skirts evoked swims in the Mediterranean, while relaxed silk trousers featuring an allover mosaic tile pattern nodded to the region's architectural influences. A variety of exotic animal prints (leopard, cheetah, and cow hide) added commercial appeal to the lineup, as did the well-priced sweaters (an off-the-shoulder reversible pullover was a particular standout) and transitional outerwear items like a structured biker jacket cut from bonded leather. Roy included several evening looks that will also make a splash, including a sheer chiffon maxi dress with a pretty grosgrain belt and caviar beading, and a fluid jumpsuit with "spider" mesh panels similar to the all-in-one number she wore to the CFDA Awards.
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