Whether she’s weeding through reams of fabric to find something unique for a collection or carefully selecting the perfect shade of lip pencil for this photo shoot (Cool Coral by Sephora, for the record), Rachel Roy knows what she wants.
In just 10 years, this attention to detail has helped the 36-year-old evolve from a fresh-faced intern to a seasoned designer of her own clothing and accessory lines, including Rachel Roy New York and Rachel Rachel Roy, an affordable line sold at Macy’s. The mother of two (Ava, 10, and Tullulah, 1½) takes pride in her modern fashion approach. “I don’t believe there should be rules,” she says. “Do what feels right to you.” Spoken like a true trendsetter.
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“My chandelier earrings look like a splurge but were just $30 at a shop in New York City’s Little India.”
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“Creativity is what matters. I never want to look like everyone else,” says the designer. “At a recent black-tie event at the ballet, I wore this jumpsuit instead of a ball gown."
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“My daughters and I sing and dance to ‘Night Time Is the Right Time,’ just like the Huxtables once did on The Cosby Show.”
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“This mascara vibrates to elongate lashes and saves me the trouble of applying fake ones.”
To buy: Estée Lauder TurboLash All Effects Motion mascara, $38, esteelauder.com.
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Must-Pack Travel Item
“A flaxseed-and-lavender eye pillow relaxes me on the plane.”