Today's fashion is a mix of high and low - ballgown skirts with t-shirts, sequins for daytime, and the like. For her Fall 2012 collection, Rachel Roy took this juxtaposition a step further, combining somewhat contradictory, unexpected elements to satisfying results.
Black buttery lambskin shares a place on a sleeveless shift dress with sapphire and citrine crocheted tweed, deeply hued loafer heels feature patches of ponyhair, and a structural leather and tweed dress sparkles with bronze sequins. The collection, which was featured in a presentation at the large, sun-filled Alice Tully Hall, was split into three sections according to color story. In the sapphire, ctirine, and black realm, brightly hued chunky crocheted sweaters were paired with black lambskin skirts, wool leather-trimmed cropped pants, and cullottes in black wool and leather. A crocheted sweater featured leather short sleeves, and oversize, chunky snoods in vivid blue and green accompanied several of the ensembles, including a washed silk mini dress with color-blocked trim and a large swirly print.
Across the room, earthier tones of olive, dark yellow, teal and brown were showcased in sharp wool coats in plaid and color-block, a leather a-line skirt and dress with colorblocking, and a wool dress with silk panels at the waistline. The final color story was a punchy departure from the other pieces, with a bright fuschia silk pant and blouse ensemble, a blood-orange sherling and garnet coat, a bright rose print that appeared on a silk cotton dress, and yet another colorblocked shirt dress. A vivid blood-orange angora sweater was paired with a plum wool a-line skirt, and a steel gray silk column gown featured a suprise pop of fushia at the draped hem. Brightly hued leather gloves, opaque tights, and modified, chic-city-girl versions of loafers and oxford lace-up shoes provided the finishing touches to a collection that proves it's ok (or even necessary) to mix things up.