There has been a running Asian theme these past few seasons, notably with many designers opting to show looks topped with obi-style belts, so it’s somewhat surprising that Rachel Roy is the first designer to noticeably take inspiration from Asia this season. True to her feminine, minimalist aesthetic the designer’s Spring 2012 collection couldn’t have been further removed from the envelope-pushing pajama-inspired outfit she recently wore on the red carpet.
Rife with coral, turquoise, beige, black, and white, the loose silhouettes of most of the garments – including cropped above the ankle pants, blazers, belted dresses, shirt dresses, Bermuda shorts, and sculpted gowns – gave much of the collection comfortable appeal. The crisp, understated styling, complete with sky-high nude sandals and rosy shadow however underscored the sophistication in Roy's seemingly minimal pieces.
The Asian theme was most evident in the obi belts, mandarin collared dresses, prints, and sculpted gowns, but they didn’t take over the collection and enough “eastern closet staples” like knit sweaters and tailored blazers were added in the mix.