Walking into the brightly lit room inside the Empire Hotel where Rachel Zoe would stage her first runway show (for her third collection) felt like walking onto the set of The Rachel Zoe Project (only no Bravo cameras in sight...draw your own conclusions). Rodger, Rachel's sister Pam and Zoe's Vice President Mandana were all there looking excited and proud.
For her third collection, Rachel Zoe did what she does best: '60s/'70s rock & roll with British influences. It's in her and her brand's DNA and it's what retailers, like Neiman Marcus' Ken Downing, who sat in the front row, seem to like. That's not to say her line hasn't grown. "I’m always trying to do more, do better and broaden my reach," the stylist turned designer told us backstage after the show. For one, she staged an intimate runway show instead of a presentation. Well, sort of. "It was a moving presentation," she explained. "I just wanted to do something that brought the clothes to life."
The clothes were good: There were a lot of pantsuits with shrunken blazers and matching cropped trousers, all of which looked super flattering and well-tailored. That blazer was also paired with a long, flowy dress that was completely open in the front and only came together at the waist--not the most wearable look, but very Zoe. My personal favorite, and one of Zoe's favorites, was a thick, slouchy oversized sweater shown with a matching sweater dress and fur hat. Effortlessly cool. Fur was also new--while WWD reported that Zoe would be doing both real and faux fur, she confirmed that all of the fur used in the show was faux.
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