Rachel Roy Gets Pretty in Pink

Rachel Roy's bold pinks and mixed-up prints for Spring '13 felt feminine but strong.

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Rachel Roy was thinking pink for Spring '13. "I don't consider myself that feminine of a woman," Roy told us at her splashy presentation, which was staged in her midtown office. "But when I read about myself there's always some sort of notion or mention of femininity. I'm not opposed to that—but when I choose a pink, I choose a pink that has strength to it."
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Indeed, while the majority of looks were tickled pink, there was nothing prissy about the hue. "The pinks are bold and vibrant," Roy told us. "And they could maybe be considered sexy, but that's an afterthought. It's this combination of femininity and strength."
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The most memorable hot-pink look was without a doubt the lipstick-pink suit, which featured a smart cropped slack and shrunken jacket (here styled with a silky, watercolor-print button-down).
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The punchy prints and cheerful palette were intended to energize Roy's woman after the long cold winter months. "Anytime I personally come out of something cold and wintry I'm hoping for 'the possibility of,'" says Roy. "I wanted to design a collection that gave my customers the hope and possibility of something to come that was exciting, something they could wish for."
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In terms of 'wishing for,' Roy can consider Spring '13 a mission accomplished, since we'll be pining for her bright, shrunken cardigans with contrasting white piping and flowy silk maxi skirts.
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Mixed-up patterns and prints—like this tweedy pink blazer and geometric print short—had a playful appeal.
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One of our favorite prints—here used for a slouchy palazzo trouser—depicted a soft, dandelion-like bloom outlined in watery magenta.
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A few stand-out evening looks were even more impactful in searingly bright pink: This one-shoulder gown, for example, featured a zig-zagging drape down the front trimmed in yellow.
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For a slightly more subtle take on the same silhouette, Roy rendered this shorter cocktail dress in soft taupe and trimmed the drape in baby pink fabric.
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A long, spaghetti-strap maxi dress in contrasting digital prints would easily work for an afternoon by the pool. But styled with Roy's crystal-embellished sandals in pale peach, the look was convincingly evening appropriate.
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