Designer Rachel Roy is inspired by the strong, confident working women and her collection embodies an effortless, elegant and exotic lifestyle with her design hallmarks of print/pattern mixing, the pairing of opposites and defining details that take women from day to evening.
I find inspiration in all of the above – I am motivated by curiosity. Why does a woman choose what she does and when she does it? How does it make her feel? What shapes and what colors make her feel a certain way? This is all perceived through observation of human nature and the arts. As for travel, culture is always something I am constantly fascinated and moved by – the same applies for film. My brother is the film director at the MOMA. He recommends films to me that he has screened weekly.
DI: What is the beauty (hair and makeup) look for your Fall 2014 runway presentation?
My beauty for my Fall 2014 presentation reflects modern expression, motivated by the movement and color palette in my collection.
DI: What is your survival method during Fashion Week?
I rely on dinner with friends in the industry that I can share my triumphs and my sorrows with, many curated music playlists, and much downtime reading with my five year old.
DI: Music for your shows… how do you select and what’s your selection for Fall 2014?
I generally choose my music selection last. The music should breathe existence into the clothes. I always look for female musical stylists or for someone whom can bring a new flair and a new voice. The entire process is a collaboration along with hair and make-up – everything solidifies the story I have to tell.
DI: Now that you have moved to LA… What are your favorite restaurants, book stores and hidden gems that you’re loving?
I love the open sea, sky, land, and the space for my daughters to run around. We always love going to Café Gratitude, which has the yummiest vegan food. It is so good that even my five year old loves everything we order. Gjelina in Venice is an amazing farm-to-table restaurant with the freshest meals. A must for my fourteen year old is traveling to Abbot Kinney every first Friday of every month. The food trucks line up and the smell is sensational! You name it, they sell it – gourmet burgers, Korean BBQ, Fish Tacos – all so delish. When I want a decadent night out on the town, I visit Cecconi’s in West Hollywood. Golyster is a hidden gem – I find such inspiration amongst the vintage treasures as I am sure many, many designers have as well. I love the owner, Esther Ginsberg, and her staff. I actually interviewed Esther for my digital magazine, “The Life” on RachelRoy.com. Her story of fulfilling her dreams is so empowering. She truly has a genius eye for discovering priceless riches. I once bought a 1940’3 washed tea blue dressing gown from her store – in my eyes, it is museum worthy.
The 1940’s when women could be both feminine yet portray masculine strength. Think Ava Gardener.
DI: What has been your biggest fashion challenge and how did you overcome it?
The biggest fashion challenge I have experienced is finding partners with a shared vision, which usually causes daily turmoil and negative energy. Overcoming this obstacle takes strength and conviction – stay true to your beliefs even if it means saying “no” more than saying “yes”.
DI: Philanthropy is one thing that you and I as friends have in common… what your next endeavor in your philanthropy efforts? any new products that we should promote awareness of?
Thank you for asking! Yes, I am trying to follow in your footsteps here. Every season, I hire artisans in third world countries to craft handmade goods that I can sell on my website (RachelRoy.com). For me, it is about creating as many jobs as possible – employment empowers individuals, allows for financial freedom, and in many cases, creates a form of escape.
Needless to say, this work is very close to my heart. I currently collaborated with Piece & Co. to produce a collection filled with beautifully bright handmade travel essentials. With the purchase of each item, you can help change the lives of thousands of artisans by giving them a fighting chance to become financially independent and self-sufficient. The collection is currently available on RachelRoy.com. Providing sustainable employment helps give women in challenging situations around the globe a voice.
DI: Where is your favorite travel destination of all time and why?
Of all time??? That is a hard one. I would have to say India since my father is a native of the land and my roots are grounded there. In addition, seeing the Taj Mahal was empowering yet emotionally overwhelming at the same time. It is a country of great contradictions to its magnificent beauty.
DI: Favorite Hotel and why?
I ADORE the Viceroy in Anguilla. It is incredibly chic with the most extraordinary vacation views.
DI: What is your home signature style? (Now that you are in LA)
Always classic with a twist- even when I am on vacation.
DI: From my 3 travel inspired IMAN Home Bed Collection (Morocco, Ibiza, Hollywood) which fits your life style and how would you incorporate some of it in your bedroom in LA?
I love the ikat prints of the Ibiza collection. I consider an ikat print a netural and would incorporate the shams and pillows throughout my home on neutral couches and chairs – it gives them a personal, sensual touch.