Rachel Roy has been gradually moving away from eveningwear the past few seasons. While she certainly hasn't abandoned it (check out the last look: a shimmering "conifer" gown with a slit skirt and train), the clothing has evolved in stride with her own increasingly busy lifestyle—it's hard to make a charity gala when you're at the office late, mocking up samples and coordinating shipments for two lines.

The emphasis for Fall was on layering. A metallic stripe wrap-effect dress would go from day to night or vice versa with the addition or subtraction of a graphic stripe top. You could wear a frayed tweed jacket with its matching skirt to the office; or try mixing it up with electric blue wool cropped trousers and a hooded sweater, like Roy did for the presentation. Chunky knits were the finishing touch on many looks here. Notable was a navy and ecru marled sweater coat worn over a geometric beaded tunic and flared organdy skirt. Wallpaper-floral harem pants would flat out not work on most, but any girl would look splendid in a feminine shirtdress with tiers of pleats and sheer sleeves.