09/11/2012 08:09 EDT | Updated 11/11/2012 05:12 EST

Rachel Roy offers eclectic collection for spring: bird motifs, eyelet lace and neon orange

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Rachel Roy mixed smudges of blue and grey 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 colours," 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 colour 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 colour and maybe you'll have a vibrant mood."


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