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The Return Of The Roi


The nineties got its fair share of love at the Spring shows, thanks to designers like Phillip Lim, Dries Van Noten, and Olivier Theyskens. But spare a thought for Alice Roi, who has a better claim to nineties appreciation than most. Roi’s name has been absent from fashion pages for a few years, but her namesake line, launched in 2000, generated plenty of buzz, won celebrity fans (Liv Tyler notably among them), and earned her a CFDA Award nomination. For seven years, Roi’s collections referenced her own nineties coming of age, until the arrival of her first child gave her a reason to take a break. But for Spring ’13, Roi is back—and as for her inspirations, not much has changed.

“I was thinking a lot about myself in high school,” the New York native told “It’s about emulating hip-hop stars with oversize shirts and pants.” The boxy cut of blouses and baggy trousers did nod in that direction, though the hip-hop emulation is hardly literal. Her “suped-up sweat suit”? Silk pants and a pocket tank. Thrown into the mix, too, were silk slip skirts and dresses, accented with contrasting leather whipstitches to keep things elegant. “I wanted to embody the nineties silhouette without losing the femininity,” she said. Perhaps that explains the look of the shoes: block-heel pumps with metal charms, courtesy of jewelry designer Pamela Love. (They’ll be available by special order.) As for the full collection, it debuts at Louis Boston, as well as on Roi’s e-commerce site, launching this Spring. Her video tour of the collection appears exclusively on, below.

Photo: Courtesy of Alice Roi

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