I had the same hunch when I went to watch her premier runway show at Toronto Fashion Week. Before I attended the show, I checked out her website and saw peplums, and lace, and cut-outs, oh my! Those are three of my favourite things. Her collection of work-to-night appropriate dresses with a lady-like aesthetic told me that this was going to be a good show and Rachel did not disappoint.
Her collection of conservative blazers, blouses, skirts and dresses were accented with zippers, lace, contrasting lining and cut-outs. Rachel represented her clean cut styles and played up select colours of navy, cream and coral. With Mad Men-esque hair and make-up, models stomped it out in their boardroom-ready looks.
I was able to ask Rachel some questions about her collection and design inspirations:
Hug: Out of your entire collection, which three items would you suggest every Hip + Urban Girl have in her closet for this spring/summer?
Rachel: The Jersey drape dress is a versatile piece that can take you from day to night. Pair it with the Ponti zip blazer for work or stand out by wearing alone for a hot date. The dress comes in coral or black, the jersey fabric makes it look effortless, yet the draping and detailing make this dress visually stunning in all directions. The Ponti blazer is another key item, because it polishes up any look with structured shoulders and gives an edge with the exposed zipper detailing. Ponti knit is a fabric we love to work with, because it’s so comfortable to wear and has a stretch, so it is flattering on all body types. Pair it with the Ponti Peplum skirt for a feminine professional look.
Hug: Your pieces are very wearable for the modern woman and could transition from day to work to night. Is it important to you to design pieces that are versatile and accessible?
Rachel: The independent working woman inspires me, because this is who I am and what I love to see in other women. I love seeing strong women who take pride in what they wear and use their wardrobe as an extension of their confidence, originality and personal style. I’m always working and on the run, I try to keep my everyday work wear polished yet effortless and always comfortable. I think that’s why my collection has a wearable quality, wearable in the sense that it is versatile and can transition from day to night.
Rachel’s line is incredibly accessible and ready-to-wear. She designs for herself, the professional modern woman, and her style works for the every-girl. Because of that, Rachel’s designs are something that I can really get in to.
Photos via World MasterCard Fashion Week
Carolyn Desrosiers is the style blogger behind www.covetedclassics.com. Find her on Twitter @covetedclassics.