What was your inspiration for spring 2008?
The inspiration for the Spring '08 collection is both Monet's Water Lilies - water and sky in one painting - and a Peter Lindbergh photograph.
What colors, fabrics and silhouettes can we expect?
Moss/coppers/grays, dark orchid/lavenders, brilliant pink/whites. Shiny texture, controlled volume and easy structure.
Are bubble/sack dresses really over, as claimed by New York mag and all the other proponents of the new long and lean look?
Bubble dresses and skirts are not over if it is what a women loves and it's a signature piece for her. However, controlled structure is the modern take on volume.
What's the most unlikely place you've ever found creative inspiration, and how did it manifest itself in your collection?
There is actually no unlikely place to find inspiration as beauty can be found everywhere. I have been inspired by bark from a tree - the strength and grandeur inspired grainier fabrics, more rustic beauty, etc. The list goes on and on.
If you had to choose a single woman, real of fictional, who best represented your spring 2008 collection, who would it be?
The collection is many women. She is strong, hard working, sincere, purposeful, intelligent, easygoing, chic, professional, edgy, happy, a mother, a friend, a single woman, a hippie spirit. The collection is a balance of everything I strive to be and those are the qualities in woman that inspire the designs. Women have so many facets to them, it is impossible to name just one.
What trend are you loving at the moment?
I love the idea of dressing up and being a lady and love that more people are dressing up this fall season.
What trend are you over?
The idea that you have to wear something because it is a trend.
What trend are you hoping to ignite for spring 2008?
The idea of glamour being what you make it and what works for you: a ball skirt to dinner just because, a knee length skirt and white blouse to the ballet because you want to be comfortable - yet all the time looking chic because you feel chic, not forced.
Rachel Roy is scheduled to present her spring 2008 collection on Wednesday, September 5th.