Rachel Roy shows strong clean lines for fall

CARYN ROUSSEAU Associated Press Published:

NEW YORK (AP) -- Designer Rachel Roy debuted a collection at New York Fashion Week that she said looks to balance the natural in a clean strong way.

"That's the entire inspiration for the collection," Roy said. "Taking something that's as natural and as beautiful and as soft as a woman and creating strong clean lines for her so that she can be the president not necessarily someone aiding the president or assisting him."

Roy pulled from the documentary "Women in the Dirt," which tells the stories of female landscape architects. She was particularly drawn to the urban landscaping and rooftop gardens and used them to create clean liner looks. Models at Roy's presentation Monday stood near mosses, small smooth white stones and wood chips.

A goal was to create garments that allow women room for choices, Roy said.

"I like clothes that show the woman off and really let the woman be the focal point or if you have beautiful jewelry that is very personal to you," Roy said.

The collection many separates were done in shades of green like eucalyptus and pine but there also were bold tones of sapphire and deep pink. The two groups of hues struck the balance Roy said she was after.

"I'm really curious to show young people in particular that when you take two things that could be odd you can find beauty," Roy said.

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