CLUTCH was at the Rachel Roy Fall 2010 show last evening for a collection offering a vision of a sophisticated career woman on a North African getaway. Roy undoubtedly riffed on her Egyptian heritage for a collage of looks with stunning knitwear, transparent evening gowns suitable for an Oscar red carpet, and power suits suggesting the resurgence of the strong shoulder is on a continuum.

Multi-textured garments with varied prints were stand out traits. Rachel Roy for Manalo Blahnik extends this theme with crafty platinum, and strappy stilettos coupled with evening gowns and utilitarian suits. Old Hollywood nuances were an intentional and lasting feature as each model walked the runway in long or cropped leather gloves.

Functionality and an effortless cool is key for prominent beaded gowns, flowing silks on joggers and cropped jackets. Luxe fabrication and prints with ease is the message for Roy’s Fall ready-to-wear, like our favorite look: a cable knit cropped sweater paired with a jacquard flowing skirt. This fall is about uncomplicated and unpremeditated style. Rachel Roy is indeed a growing household name grounding her design philosophy and identity.

Take a look at our favorite looks!

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