Rachel Roy, friend and fellow CFDA member, is known as the go-to designer for iconic pieces and versatile dresses that work from day to evening. After all, who doesn’t love a wardrobe that works as hard they do…

As a designer, style icon, mother and fashion mogul, Rachel truly understands the demands of her customers’ diverse lifestyles. Even Michelle Obama is frequently dressed in Rachel Roy, and who, if not our First Lady, better epitomizes the modern working mother?

Rachel is genuinely lovely, modest and supportive; she is a generous mentor, and champions the success of others. It is this spirit, together with her clear creative vision, that made our KOTUR for Rachel Roy collaboration for Fall 2012 such an inspiring experience for me, and which also proves that qualities such as hers just never go out of style…

KOTUR: What is your most recent purchase?
Rachel: Jacquie Aiche body chain

KOTUR: What’s the most treasured item in your wardrobe?
Rachel: Hermes cashmere trench

KOTUR: What’s in your make-up bag?
Rachel: Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener, Nars Crayon in Red Square and Cynde Watson lip pencils with both a stain and a tint

KOTUR: Do you have a favorite purse or bag?
Rachel: My oversize Celine clutch for it’s sleek design and smart, hidden compartments

KOTUR: Name your desert island essentials?
Rachel: Caudalie Beauty Elixir, Dr. Hauschka Lip Care Stick & Kevin Murphy Powder Puff which lets me go days without washing my hair and gives my hair the perfect wave

KOTUR: Do you have a beauty secret?
Rachel: The best thing I do for my face, skin and body is drink as much water as I can and yoga at least twice a week

KOTUR: What do you wear on a fat day?
Rachel: There’s more to looking thin than wearing a lot of black. I often wear a thin A-line trench coat as a dress – they make you instantly lose 5lbs…

KOTUR: How would your female friends describe your style?
Rachel: Effortlessly exotic chic

KOTUR: What do you never leave home without?
Rachel: I always have organic almonds or cashews in my purse, for a quick snack. They give me just the right energy to go from work to an event. I also carry a seashell to remind me of my favorite times with my girls

KOTUR: What quality do you most admire in a person?
Rachel: Honesty and humor

KOTUR: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Rachel: Stick to your point of view

KOTUR: What’s your favorite smell?
Rachel: I love Jo Malone Red Roses Cologne spray- it’s so fresh and clean and Chanel No.5 lotion because it last longer then the perfume

KOTUR: What’s your idea of a great holiday?
Rachel: For me it’s all about my girls – always has been – the day after Christmas I take them to the sea, it is our holiday tradition that bonds and relaxes us

KOTUR: What are you most proud of?
Rachel: Besides raising my two daughters, taking a monumental risk by naming my collection Rachel Roy. It was a huge leap of faith in myself and a huge lesson in my life to follow my instinct

KOTUR: What’s your pure bliss?
Rachel: I love the Caudalie at the Plaza Hotel. The Caudalie Grand Facial treatment makes my skin feel amazing! The massage they do really gets my circulation going and puts the vibrancy back into my skin

KOTUR: Which of the various Kotur bags you have is your favorite?
Rachel: Kotur for Rachel Roy Garnet Multi Graphic Tweed Clutch with Tassel and Gold Rock