Rachel Roy nailed it for Spring. Her small but punchy collection integrates next season’s winning trends effortlessly, and the cheery casual-eclectic style is—oooh!—so approachable. Roy’s use of color, pattern and print was fantastic, especially when layered, and each piece brought just enough excitement without going overboard. It was also refreshing to see someone adapt and update the 1970s silhouettes that are making a comeback this year, rather than try to turn out exact imitations. Roy carefully reshaped the decade’s high-waisted pants, full trouser legs, fitted blazers and hippie/peasant dresses for the contemporary consumer, favoring fit over authenticity for her retro-inspired cuts.
Still, the collection’s strengths were mostly to be found in the details: delightful prints, cardigans hidden under blazers, and Roy’s own bracelets (worn in tangled sets of threads, bangles, beads and rhinestones—subtly offsetting each look) were just plain fun.