Rachel Roy is a dynamic fashion designer whose pieces have been seen on every leading lady from Michelle Obama, Diane Sawyer, Jennifer Garner, Penelope Cruz and Kate Hudson. I met Rachel at a recent event and was blown away by her support of entrepreneurial women and charity. The gorgeous native Californian, whose personal beauty shines through every one of her designs has worked in the fashion industry since her teenage years as a sales girl– which she calls her early market research! Before designing her own line, she styled magazine shoots, music videos and was creative director for Rocawear. Since the launch of her Rachel Roy line in Spring 2005, Rachel has had a whirlwind of success including being inducted into the CFDA, appearing on Oprah, and launching RACHEL Rachel Roy, a diffusion line sold exclusively at Macy’s. Rachel shared with me what she has been up to lately and offered some of her best tips and products picks!
MM: You have a very interesting background. How has that influenced you as a designer?
RR: I’ve always loved fashion and taking risks in both what I wear and what I design as this has been a guiding principle for me. I’ve never let fear paralyze me but rather let my passion drive me. One of my goals is to help other women realize this as well.
MM: We are so excited about your new collection, what was your inspiration for FW 2012?
RR: My fall 2012 collection is inspired by the documentary Women in the Dirt which highlights the works of seven award- winning women who have made their mark in the field of landscape architecture and are changing our world. From this, the idea of modern landscape architecture and the influence of nature was really interesting to me– balancing the clean lines of landscapes and natural colors and interesting material combinations and details.
MM: What are 3 items you always have on hand during fashion week?
RR: Yoga mat- I practice yoga two to three times a week. The meditation helps me stay centered. Music- it’s one of the quickest routes to dream and always inspires me. Candles- the comforting and continuous glow of a Jo Malone candle while I work is a must.
MM: How do you unwind after such a whirlwind week?
RR: Take a breath, thank my staff and then off for some R & R. First I sleep and then I have a proper meal since I have been living off coffee and sugar for the past two weeks preparing for the show. I’ll spend some quality time with my daughters, visit the Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at the Plaza Hotel for one of my favorite facial treatments, and lounge at home and watch re-runs of The Office or Modern Family. Then it’s right back into designing the next collection!
We all love Target- and we love Target even more when there’s a designer clothing line released (Missoni, Isaac Mizrahi, and Vera Wang have all participated). On February 5th, Jason Wu will get to woo consumers with his lower-price collection of clothing and handbags, ranging from $19.99-$59.99, for Target. Wu’s star studded celebrity client list includes: Emma Stone, Michelle Obama, Natalie Portman, Reese Witherspoon, Kristen Stewart, among others.
Page Daily staffers picked their favorites from his line (trust us, it was a tough choice-everything looks super chic and sophisticated.
Melissa’s Pick: Trench Coat in Black, Also Available in Navy, $54.99. “I love the details and everyone could always use a great trench.”
Mary’s Pick: Poplin Dress in Navy, $39.99. “I love the classic shape (very 1960s Mod)- the perfect transition piece from day to night.”
Dani’s Picks: Long-Sleeved Sailor Sweater in Black/Cream Stripes, $32.99, Long-sleeved Sheer Blouse in White with Black Ribbon (Available at Target.com Only), $34.99, Cuffed Shorts in Navy (Available at Target.com Only), $26.99, Woven Mini Saddle Bag in Cream (available at Target.com only), $24.99. “It is so preppy and yet downtown chic all at the same time.”
Caitlin’s Pick: Flared Dress in Cream with Black Patent Belt, $59.99. “Very Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
Tell Us: Will you be purchasing from the Jason Wu collection?