You could picture celebrity stylist/Bravo star/designer/lifestyle brand Rachel Zoe in almost every look she sent down the runway for her fall 2013 collection. That’s been the hallmark of her collection since she launched it in 2011.
Still, yesterday’s collection was the least “Rachel Zoe” of anything she’s shown thus far. She said she drew inspiration from the ’70s equestrian lifestyle with a dash of rock ‘n roll London underground thrown in. Gone were the fur chubbies (well, mostly gone) and the relaxed Bianca Jagger-YSL-esque suits and in their place were more tailored offerings: three piece suits, fitted button downs, and leather pants made to look more like men’s pleat-front trousers than the skinny leggings you’d expect from an LA girl. There was an emphasis on outerwear–versions of the classic trench were cropped and chopped–and I especially liked a short-sleeved double breasted peacoat with a fur collar that tied at the waist.
For all the gossip about Zoe’s line being in trouble, this seemed like a smart collection by someone who knows what sells in the contemporary market. Zoe offered up her versions of the must-have items–a take on the leather sweatshirt (done in faux pony hair), a jumpsuit, a leather LBD–but still gave it that distinctive LA Boho-Zoe spin.
The best part though? Forget Miley Cyrus in the front row. Rachel Zoe’s one-year-old son Skyler pretty near melted my frozen eigth-day-of-fashion week heart, clapping for his mom during the finale and waving to all the models as they made their exits. To quote the ever quotable Zoe, “I die.”