September 04, 2007 New York
"But it's about balance, too," said Roy, who is quietly proving that, despite her busy social calendar, she should no longer be considered a socialite designer. "Who wants to be girly all the time?" So there were also masculine elements, such as full-legged upholstery plaid pants or, more subtly, tough chain-link belts accentuating the waist of a fitted dress and the neckline of a plunge-front tank. In the end, though, Roy can't resist a feminine detail. That boyish black-on-creamy-white plaid? It also appeared as a knee-length dress dolled up in sequins. But then, with fashion moving in a more polished, pulled-together direction, her natural instincts look to be spot on.