Ro & De Noir’s core creation is the blouse. And what came down the runway for fall didn’t stray far from that. “The Ro & De Noir girl is a career woman working in the creative industry so everything has to be wearable….We were trying to create a minimal, chic moment with fashion-forward details,” said Shannon Ko, who designed the Vernon, Calif.-based company’s collection. “I was more concerned with textures and fabrications.”
This season’s take included a workhorse shirt with button detailing that can be worn with either a crossover effect or in traditional button-down style. There were also blouses with back vent detailing, high-low cuts and sheer cutouts. Ko avoided the heavy florals and other prints that made up the Ro & De Noir’s spring collection, going with a much more muted palette of soft pastels with blushes and powdery blues delivered in plaid coats, a drop waist dress, and a coordinated tweed jacket and skirt set with fringe detailing.
The Noir label — a 2014 offshoot of the Ro & De line sold in Anthropologie and Nordstrom — is still young. But it already has a direction and a voice, making its fall collection stand out in a market overly saturated with beach-inspired boho looks.