By Dione M. Davis
On September 20, fashionistas and bloggers came out to Macy’s Lenox Square to meet renowned fashion designer Rachel Roy and get a sneak peek at exclusives from her collection. The evening was filled with hors d’oeuvres and cupcakes along with a DJ Heather B to set the mood for a night of fun and fashion. Upon Roy’s arrival, names were periodically called for opportunities to get a one-on-one style consultation, a gift that is priceless. While many screamed with excitement as their lucky numbers were drawn, others came dressed to the nines with great looks.
The line for the meet and greet which ran along the main level of Macy’s ready to wear section was full of adoring women who anxiously waited for a moment with one of the most successful producers of edgy, chic and culturally influenced clothing. The most fashion forward in the crowd were a mother/daughter duo Jocelyn Lakani-Jones, and her mini me who wore a print dress with various shades of purple and trendy glasses. I commented to Lakani-Jones on the influence mothers play in being the first model of fashion for many young girls. She jokingly commented that her daughter is already watching America’s Top Model, but probably shouldn’t be.
Such is life. Being a fashionista has no age requirement. My nine year old cousin took a liking to my studded peep toe heels and started practicing walking in them. The proof is in the pudding. She could be the world’s next supermodel. If young women didn’t have inspiration and someone to encourage their freedom of expression, we would have no Rachel Roy.
Lakani-Jones was excited as she waited to meet Roy. “She’s one of my favorite fashion designers. She’s kind of got like a subtle edge, which is not too far over the edge but kind of just stays on that line. I love all of her shoes, clothes, bags, jewelry everything,” she said.
Loyal followers of designers always have a favorite piece that becomes their favorite, so I quizzed and she quickly obliged. “I do have a pair of shoes that I really like. They’re tan with a little orange piping around them. I actually have an orange fitted dress that you can wear with a blazer, so it’s a nice outfit…nice ensemble,” she said.
Roy who was gracious, beautiful and as full of life as her designs took photos and signed autographs for each and every person, showing the greatest multitude of humility. Wearing a leopard print dress, Mesa boots, a blazer and amulets all from her collection, she wowed in her example of how to rock the look. Her exclusive jewelry collection which was available for the event only included amulets and rich purples. Upon meeting Roy, I thanked her for choosing to incorporate such a powerful color in the collection. I requested that she sign her autograph in purple, which happens to be my favorite color. “I like that you have a signature color,” she said.
Here is a list of what the fabulous designer considers must have pieces for the fall:
Rachel Roy’s Fall 10
- Perfect Tee: This is my decadent essential tee- goes with everything.
- Black Waxed Denim: My leather alternative, sexy and sleek.
- Sweater Coat: These are really blankets of cardis- Heaven!
- Military Peacoat: I love the enduring classic appeal of a peacoat.
- Printed Dress: A languid animal print dress is my fall uniform.
- Motorcycle Jacket: in a motorcycle jacket, I feel both luxurious, yet strong.
- Printed Suit: All over print is my take on modern suiting.
- Lace Up Bootie: I believe a bootie should be seductive and comfortable!
- Amulets: I collect amulets and never have less than 3 on at a time.
- Crossbody: This season’s new bag let’s us remain hands-free.