Macy's is stepping into the high-profile collaboration game, teaming up with New York designer Rachel Roy for an exclusive collection called Rachel Rachel Roy out this month. The American retail institution is betting that Roy's talent for blending uptown sleek with downtown street will appeal to the shopper who might not be accustomed to finding her sensibility at the mall. And other designers are likely to look with interest at the reach Roy's collection gains in a department store such as Macy's -- the 151-year-old retail giant has 840 locations in 45 states and had sales of $24.9 billion last year.
Roy, who grew up in Monterey, Calif., started her fashion career as an intern at Rocawear, hip-hop entrepreneur Damon Dash's clothing line, and was its creative director by the time she launched her eponymous label in 2004. (She married Dash in 2005 and has two daughters but filed for divorce this year.)
Roy is a bona fide socialite who can flit easily between luxe and edgy. She was inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of American two years ago and has seen her red-carpet-ready creations worn by First Lady Michelle Obama and Hollywood actresses Eva Mendes, Kate Hudson and Penelope Cruz.
The Rachel Rachel Roy line starts at $40 for jewelry, $50 for sportswear, $60 for handbags and $70 for footwear, topping out around $399 for outerwear.
The look that best exemplifies the Rachel Rachel Roy street-chic collection combines a graffiti-print dress ($109) with leggings ($59) and matching pumps and tote (both $89). Other styles include a leopard-print jacket ($149), chain-link stitch T-shirt ($89) and a clutch with a chain-link strap ($79). Studs accent a sleeveless dress ($109), worn with a three-quarter-sleeve coat with metal button ($169) and a large hobo bag ($99).
"The Rachel Rachel Roy collection is the younger sister to the Rachel Roy collection," Roy says. "She's a bit edgier, faster and quicker and finds creative freedom through clothing -- how not to look like everyone else.
Macy's locations carrying the Rachel Rachel Roy collection: Beverly Center, 8500 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 854-6655, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Sherman Oaks, 14000 Riverside Drive, Sherman Oaks. (818) 788-8350. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa (714) 556-0611. 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday. 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Sunset Plaza Tent Sale Saturday through Aug. 30: Chi-chi boutiques pool their wares under the big top. Participating stores include Badgley Mischka, BCBG Max Azria, Nellie M. Boutique, On Sunset, Ottica, Sunset Kids and T. Pettersson. Expect to find Catherine Malandrino $40 tops and bottoms and $75 to $200 dresses; Leona Edmiston $29 bags and $50 dresses and Traffic denim starting at $70. Zadig & Voltaire tops are $25 and dresses $60 to $80. Designer sunglasses start at $95.
8600 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Tough Cookies Saturday through Aug. 31: Kids' boutique clears out its summer merch at 50% to 70% off retail. Deals encompass the Splendid collection for boys and girls for $22 to $31 (regular prices $44 to $62), $15 Ben Sherman T-shirts (regularly $30), $33 Joe's Jeans shorts ($66), $21 to $22 Kingsley T-shirts ($42 to $44), $17.50 City Threads shorts ($35) and $17 T2 Love shorts ($34). Others brands on markdown, in sizes newborn to 6X, include Knuckleheads, Childish, Misha Lulu, Kids Inc., Mad Sky, Charlie Rocket and Mikey Stars.
13638 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 990-0972. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hot August Night at Jenette Bras Tuesday: Jenette invites its "double-D list" clientele to toast the store's first four months. The party features a lingerie fashion show, bra-fitting demos, giveaways, live jazz and a special summer cocktail called "the lavender strap." Retro slips and camisoles plus chemises and nursing bras will be 15% off that evening only. Buy a $150 gift certificate and receive a 15% discount on any purchase.
4308 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 665-7490. 6 to 9 p.m.
Vintage Swap Party Wednesday: Vintage fashion connoisseurs are invited to a swap party hosted by What Goes Around Comes Around. (The first, last month in New York, drew a gaggle of socialites and models.) Bring up to 10 closet collectibles and exchange with a like-minded fashionista for more looks. Singer Reni Lane Live will perform. Guest list is limited -- first to RSVP, first served. RSVP to WGACALA@thinkpublicrelations.com.
1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd., L.A. (323) 836-0252. 7 to 9 p.m.
Tarina Tarantino Saturday: The accessories designer makes an in-store appearance to launch her "My Pretty" Wizard of Oz-themed collection and book. Tarantino will sign copies of the tome from 2 to 4 p.m. Get a free copy of "My Pretty" and a special gift with purchase. Select accessories will be 20% off.
7957 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. (323) 651-5155. Noon to 5 p.m.