“André Leon Talley told me that he saw in me a strong, clear point of view and to never change that or mold into something I do not believe. I practice those words daily,” states fashion designer and entrepreneur, Rachel Roy – when asked by One King’s Lane about the best career advice she’s ever received. Ms. Roy explains, “The balance of edge with softness is something that I’m consistently looking for in my work.”
EDGE AND SOFTNESS
That same balance of edge and softness that Rachel brings to fashion is consistently expressed in her absolutely beautiful home office, photographed by Joe Schmelzer for One King’s Lane. The centerpiece of her space is a show-stopping rough-edged stone Dining Table that is (literally) all edge, surrounded by walls in softly hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper. An edgy turquoise chair made from seat belts sits next to a hand-painted chest that nods to the wallpaper with romantic branching florals, and the tension that creates balance continues.
That consistency of vision is at the heart of Rachel’s new book Design Your Life, which presents design and fashion as a means of transcendence from looking great to becoming great. Raised in a low-income neighborhood of California, Rachel envisioned the life she lives today; affirming her belief that style can help design the life we want to live. “As a teen, I’d draw the type of glamorous clothes and accessories I longed for. In retrospect I realize that I was a designing the life I wanted and would one day achieve,” she says.