Oprah's been on a bit of a fashion kick lately with Christian Siriano last week and two of our favorites Joe Zee and Mary Alice Stephenson yesterday (along with O: The Oprah Magazine's Adam Glassman.) Unfortunately there's no video up yet but you can follow along with their shoe and bag interventions. And, wow, did they have their work cut out for them. Because let's face it, there are some really, really bad shoes out there. And I'm a huge sports fan, but the Cubs purse? Oy. Oprah can be a bit (well, a lot) grating at times with all the self-aggrandizing, but anything she can do to make bad accessories go away, we're behind. And she picked a good team to help her do it. Honestly, if it's half as successful as what she did for the book industry, really we all win.
Elle's Joe Zee On: Kanye West's Show, Prada, Being a Reality TV Fashion Designer, and Marc Jacobs for Dior
Joe Zee is a busy, busy man these days. Along with performing his day job as creative director at Elle, he's hosting the second season of his reality show All on the Line, jetsetting to Fashion Week shows around the globe, helping aspiring fashion students, and popping into the Soho Elie Tahari boutique — along with Mr. Elie Tahari himself — to help a bunch of fashion bloggers style outfits from the label's fall 2011 collection. This wasn't just a random visit. Zee has been consulting with Elie Tahari for multiple seasons and just recently styled the brand's spring 2012 runway show.While we waited for Zee to make his way through snarling rush hour traffic, we had a chance to peruse the Elie Tahari fall offerings. Amongst the tweedy details, lush leathers, macro-lace, and ruching embellishments, the favorites of the editors seemed to be the black lace-trimmed leather shorts (totally practical, we swear), a grey-hued leopard print ruffle neck Clarissa trench, and a soft cranberry ruffle-layered Victoria coat. Once Zee arrived, we ambushed him with some questions as he was in the midst of pulling a white nipped-waist and flared pantsuit for a guest.