The Zoe Knows!

Jenna Lyons, left, Rachel Zoe, Sarah Easley and Suzanne Cohen. (Ryan Kobane / WWD)

Jenna Lyons, left, Rachel Zoe, Sarah Easley and Suzanne Cohen. (Ryan Kobane / WWD)

My fashion favorite Rachel Zoe, creative director of the Rachel Zoe Collection and editor in chief of The Zoe Report, joined Jenna Lyons, president and executive creative director of J. Crew Group, to talk fashion trends and share personal stories Monday night at #WhatSheSaid, a speaker series sponsored by W Hotels. The discussion was moderated by Sarah Easley, fashion consultant and Suzanne Cohen, director of brand marketing, W Hotels Worldwide, introduced the panelists to an audience of fashion students.

How I wish I could have been one of the more than 130 people in the audience! But, the next best thing is to tap into the fashion conversation. Here are a few gems from Zoe:

I don’t remember a time I wasn’t at one with the jumpsuit … It pretty much represents my spirit. That’s what I want to be all the time.

She said she most identifies with the music, style, people and effortlessness of the Seventies: “The Seventies I’ve always identified with the most. I may or may not have been born in the Seventies,” she said. “Stevie Nicks is my holy grail.

I think style has very few rules. You make it your own.

I love the cold shoulder … I think with the  off-the-shoulder, I’m still very much at one with the off-the-shoulder. It’s a good way to look sexy in a subtle way. It’s about making it look fresh.

On working with her husband, Rodger Berman, with whom she runs the lifestyle brand: “We have each others’ backs and we will bicker and the office knows it, but we have the quickest recovery rate of any couple they know.”

Fashion fun!

 

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What Lies Beneath

Shimera nude seamless boyshorts

Shimera nude seamless boyshorts

No, I am not referring to the 2000 horror film starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford, although that was a scary-as-hell movie worth seeing. I am referring to undergarments because what lies beneath your clothes is as important as anything else but too often overlooked. The proper-fitting bras and panties bring out the best in you and literally lift your spirits. It was about a year ago that I met Eddy, a smart and savvy salesperson from The Town Shop in NYC who reminded me how important it is to wear the right fitting bra. Today my friend Kim is saving the day with more undergarment advice; this time, it’s panties.

I recently purchased Rachel Zoe’s Jett Wide-Leg Tuxedo Pant white, with a full black stripe on the sides – on sale! I loved its ease and elegance. Sadly though, I was ready to return it because my son told me he could see my underwear from the back. Not good, especially when wearing white. But I wasn’t ready to let go. In a last-ditch effort I called Kim for her expert styling opinion. She was emphatic: keep the pants but find proper panties. She sent me on a mission to find nude, seamless boyshorts (a nude thong would also have worked, depending on your personal preference). My search ended at Nordstrom, when I tried them with the pants and found success!

How sad I would have been if I had given up and simply returned the pants. Reminders to us all that a good foundation is key. What lies beneath matters. You matter. Take care of yourself – under to cover.

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