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Rachel Roy And Karina Petroni Walk Off Into The Sunset




In February 2010, New York-based designer Rachel Roy unveiled a capsule jewelry collection co-designed alongside British R&B singer Estelle, with pieces like a sculpted orchid ring that were worthy of the chanteuse’s debut album title, Shine. Then, in September 2010, Roy revealed the fruits of another collaboration — this time a full collection of apparel and accessories co-designed with model Jessica Stam. And now, just in time for summer, Roy is once again trying to show us just how well she plays with others. Her latest celebrity design partner: 22-year-old female surfer Karina Petroni, whose accomplishments include back-to-back silver medals in the World Jr. Games.  Together, Petroni and Roy designed a three-style footwear collection that captures the laid-back vibe of beach style but infuses it with a slick urban sensibility.

The Rachel Roy x Karina Petroni footwear collection features three distinctive styles. The most casual style is the Braydia, a traditional espadrille sandal (pictured third from top) crafted using a folksy printed canvas that resembles a Mexican blanket pattern. The slightly bulky, Pueblo-worthy style features a jute sole and an open heel secured by a thick elastic strap that makes the shoe more breathable and comfortable for steamy weather. The dressiest shoe offering is the Subira (pictured second from top), a leather sandal with a 1.25″ platform and a 4″ wedge that features the same Pueblo-flavored print as the Braydia on its sleek wedge, as well as rope trim along the edges of the beige leather strip demarcating the bottom of the platform. The strappy wedge sandal boasts a halter-like construction along the vamp, with a beige leather strap circling the back of the ankle, its two ends then overlapping along the front of the ankle and made to face opposite directions to create a ribbon pin shape. For an added Boho vibe, one of these overlapping straps features six wiry leather strips (some braided, some in a paler ecru color) joined together to match the width of the other strap. City slickers, meanwhile, will lust after the Adinah sneaker (pictured at top), a lace-less, hi-top style that combines the rustic, indigenous feel of the Navajo-esque canvas fabric with the boldness of navy blue patent leather at the toecap, lace holders and ankle collar.

These shoe styles are selling out quick so, if you want some surf-flavored shoes, get to web surfing!


Rachel Roy x Karina Petroni Adinah sneakers, $99; Rachel Roy x Karina Petroni Subira sandals, $139; Rachel Roy x Karina Petroni Braydia espadrilles, $59. Available at RachelRoy.com


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