"My biggest influences are strong, creative women that chart their own path, lead their own lives and drive the course of history"- Rachel Roy
My good friend Tierra seems to always have the 411 on events, so when she told me that Rachel Roy would be at Tyson's Corner Mall in VA on Sat. May 22, I immediately made the necessary arrangements to clear that date. She was doing a meet and greet to promote her retailer friendly Spring 2010 line RACHEL Rachel Roy at Macy's. Me and Tierra waited in line for not too long and got a chance to speak to the lovely spirited, sweet, and gorgeous designer. She sparked conversation about my ethnicity and where I was from and I discovered that she went to school in the DMV area at Columbian Union College. She also told me that she liked my shorts and when a fashion designer compliments you on your clothing, you know your doing something right! She told Tierra that she had to work her way up the latter from interning at Rocawear (where she met her then husband Damon Dash) from the mailroom to being the head of their women's department. Now she's her own household brand, and happens to be one of those most successful and inspirational women in fashion.
Roy, 31 , is making a huge footprint in the industry, and after yesterday, she has managed to climb her way higher on to my list of top 10 designers. Celebrities such as Iman, Penepole Cruz, Tyra Banks, and FLOTUS Michelle Obama have all sported Roy's designs. Her 2010 spring line was full of tribal influenced and festive prints, infused with tie dye and watercolors that included dresses, shorts, blouses, cardigans, etc. Her clothes were very much my style, as I am a huge fan of clothes that are structured, tailored, but that also have a good print. After we met her, me and Tierra picked out our fave items and tried them on in the fitting room. They are made well to comfortably fit many body types from the size 2s to the size 10s and are affordably priced.
Here were some must-haves that me and Tierra tried on from the RACHEL Rachel Roy line (click on the links to be directed to the shopping website):
Stapled Crossover Blouse with Gold Plate Detail (wearing it as a shrug piece) - $89.00, Skinny Racerback Dress -$79.00
Double Breasted Jacket -$149.00, Illusion Scarf Dress- $109.00 (shown here in navy, shown in metallic foil snake print on website)
Illusion Wrap Dress- $119.00
Me, Tierra, and Ms. Rachel Roy!
Me at the event.
The models wearing some of her line. They did a timely rotation of changing in and out of different garments.
Mechanic Shorts Jumper -$99.00
I loved this romper! (Didn't have time to try it on)