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Rachel Roy is the Most Popular Girl at Her Own Presentation

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Lincoln Center's Library of Performing Arts was a hotspot this morning as Rachel Roy presented her layer-happy, mixed-prints and bold-hued Fall/Winter 2011 collection. We barely managed to catch a brief moment with Rachel in between all the fans, industry hotshots, friends (of bold and non-bold name status) and various luminaries clamoring to chat with the always sociable and stunning designer.

"For fall, I was inspired by really, easy great pieces that I chose to layer and multi-media with great textures and prints," Rachel tells us. "But the idea is for her to be able to take them apart and wear them the way she wants and mix them into her wardrobe. The idea with all of the layering was — if you do want to layer and if that's something that's up your alley — then here is a very confident, smart way to do it. So really just as simple as that."

The collection featured bold and earthy tones, mixed textures and patterns (florals, stripes, metallic weaves), lots of belts cinching the waists and layers piled upon layers. We can't help but think that Rachel was influenced by her Valentine's Day-themed video collaboration with Man Repeller.

The presentation also featured Rachel's capsule collection of ultra-wearable, yet totally inspired trench coats, all in indigo blue for autumn. Our faves were a denim high-collar number with a body of flowing delicate pleats and a one shoulder Grecian-draped dress featuring a trench-coat fold-over epaulet.

Rachel was continuously bombarded by a bevy of famous friends including Fashion Week doyenne Fern Mallis, society page regular Somers Farkas, Real Housewives of New Jersey matriarch Caroline Manzo (along with her daughter Lauren), Amanda Hearst and fellow fashion designer Naeem Khan. Actresses Aubrey O'Day and Dexter star Jennifer Carpenter (both sporting cocktail gear and some serious war paint for a 9:30am outing) also dropped by to say hello.

With so much going on — e-commerce launch, Fashion Week, continuous tweeting — how does Rachel unplug and unwind?

"To truly unplug would be a bubble bath, a book," Rachel smiles and explains. "I'm really into energy reading and working with energy readers. My grandfather on my father's side read palms, and so I'm taking a class on astrology and I'm taking a one on one with two different energy readers. It's something that I love and that I'm fascinated by and that's kind of my life outside of fashion."
· Rachel Roy Talks Turbans, Twitter and Tumblr [Racked]
· All Fashion Week Coverage [Racked]
· Rachel Roy [Official Site]