We’re at New York Fashion Week to find out how movies, TV, music, art and books serve as pop culture muses for designers. Today, Rachel Roy tell us how Jay-Z helps her through the creative process.
On Tuesday, Roy will present her spring 2013 collection at her Manhattan atelier. “I always start off with a point of reference that’s kind of in the clouds, [this season] it was vibrant, ladylike punk,” the designer told EW at the 9th annual Style Awards. “I listen to a ton of music in the work room. I’m someone who needs ‘environment.’ I work to candles, incense, and music.”
What was on her playlist when she designed the new collection?
“I always love Jay-Z. His last album [Watch The Throne] was everything!”
Hova’s beats may have helped motivate Roy, but don’t expect to see sneakers or hoodies in her new collection. “[I create] wearable clothes that are beautiful and emotional enough that you want to buy them, but not that you’ll place them in a certain scene,” the designer says. “Because once you have the clothes in your closet, I want them to last.”
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—Reporting by Nakisha Williams