Published January 16, 2012
Emerging from a black SUV, stylist-to-the-stars Rachel Zoe is wearing a trademark furry vest, skinny jeans, and sky-high heels. While there is a chill in the air, Zoe is here to talk about warmer weather, showing off pieces from her resort and spring collection at Nordstrom Fashion Valley. After changing into a long white skirt, tailored blazer, and black boots, Zoe greets the standing-room-only crowd and introduces her flirty and flowy collection. “It’s all about ease and glamour,” she says. “Anything I make is about versatility and wear-ability.”
The star of The Rachel Zoe Project, the hit reality show on Bravo; author of the New York Times bestseller Style from A to Z; and editor of The Zoe Report, a daily newsletter, Zoe still finds time to dress such celebrity clients as Anne Hathaway, Cameron Diaz, and Demi Moore. She and husband Rodger had baby boy Skyler last March. And if that weren’t more than enough, she recently launched her own clothing line, available at Nordstrom and other high-end department stores.
Zoe’s designs range from a long, tone-on-tone blue silk animal print halter dress with an open back, to a short, black sequined wrap dress with three-quarter-length sleeves and a scalloped hem. Zoe loves sequins and is not afraid to wear them – lots of them – night or day. “I wear sequins to the grocery store on Sunday mornings,”; she confesses, having recently been spotted at Whole Foods in L.A. Also in her collection: a long, ethereal white dress worn with a knit sweater; slouchy leather pants cropped just below the knee for spring with an off-the-shoulder knit top; a crimson silk blouse paired with matching pants and a snake print belt. “Don’t be afraid of prints or color, even head-to-toe,” Zoe tells the crowd. She also shows sharp little suits; a striped black-and-white tunic, her “homage to the 60s,” and a black transparent blouse and chiffon palazzo pants, ruched and fitted at the waist. “This is how women dress during the day,” she says, introducing a model wearing a trim leather jacket, drapey top, skinny jeans zippered at the ankle, and suede booties. The outfit shows that a woman has style, but doesn’t try too hard. The result, says Zoe, is “unbelievably cool.” Zoe puts the fun back in fashion, but wants her styles to be timeless as well. “I am not going to make pieces that are trendy, but on trend, to be in your life forever.” Andrea Narvesen