Rachel Roy mixes prints, offers palazzos, caftans

In this photo provided by Rachel Roy the Rachel Roy Spring 2013 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Rachel Roy)

NEW YORK (AP) — Rachel Roy mixed smudges of blue and gray with an earthy print of birds and animal skulls in a loose one-shoulder jumpsuit and palazzo pants in an eclectic spring collection that included pops of bright coral, neon orange and ivory eyelet lace.

“For me, I do a lot of mixing and balancing,” she said Tuesday during a presentation at her Manhattan showroom. “I believe in mixing prints by taking opposites.”

A crepe racer tank in the smudged print was worn with an ivory silk trouser adorned with a cascade of purple and light brown dandelions — and a belt offering a third design. Smaller birds in soft blue, red and pink were painted against white blossoms on loose pleated shorts.

“I think that spring should have emotional or vibrant prints or colors,” Roy said.

Roy used a wave of coral colorblocking in a more fitted sleeveless dress. She paired a colorblocked, bright orange knit top with long sleeves in blush and a bright, white pair of loose eyelet lace shorts.

Among 20 looks was a flax linen dress with an asymmetrical peplum edge done in raffia the color of peonies. For evening, a dramatic amethyst silk gown had the same style of ruffle with a fluorescent raffia edge in lime.

“Any time I embroidered and embellished, I just wanted it to feel a little more natural and raw,” Roy said. “Getting dressed in the morning, you pick a vibrant color and maybe you’ll have a vibrant mood.”

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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