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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Oscar Zoe!

Rachel Zoe, courtesy The Zoe Report

Rachel Zoe, courtesy The Zoe Report

My hope for the Oscars’ Red Carpet is that people bring it, that they’re not scared, that they take chances, they do something adventurous and not predictable, and just have a lot of fun.” ~ Rachel Zoe

Rachel Zoe speaks and I listen. Zoe, editor in chief of The Zoe Report, is speaking out about her predictions for the Oscars’ Red Carpet. The Oscars air this Sunday and Zoe is ever the fashion force. She calls out designer names Giambattista Valli, Armani Prive, Givenchy, Chanel, Oscar de la Renta, and Dior.

Dressing major a-listers for Awards Season on her original show, The Rachel Zoe Project, was the first time I saw Rachel Zoe. At the time she was a well-known celebrity stylist from Los Angeles, and the show captured her day-to-day life; it was the first time I saw the inner-workings of a fashion stylist and I was hooked. And now years later, Zoe is the editor in chief of The Zoe Report, returning to her roots on The Red Carpet!

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Rachel Zoe is Fashionably Late!

Behind the scenes at Rachel Zoe's new shoe, Fashionably Late - Photo: The Zoe Report

Behind the scenes at Rachel Zoe’s new shoe, Fashionably Late – Photo: The Zoe Report

I was excited to see fashion icon Rachel Zoe back on television. I had fallen in love with Zoe and her brilliant abilities as a fashion stylist while watching her reality show, The Rachel Zoe Project. The show was intimate and fun, a glimpse into her life and her world and I felt a part of it from the start. Last night her new show, Fashionably Late with Rachel Zoe, premiered (Thursdays at 10:30 on Lifetime). The format is a 30-minute weekly talk show with Zoe and fashion writer and Harper’s Bazaar Editor-at-Large Derek Blasberg joining her each week. The show will also feature Zoe’s celebrity clients and fashion friends (last night, it was Jessica Alba).

There were moments of pure fashion fun and witty banter, like the costume-talk about Fox’s new show Scream Queens. And hearing Rachel Zoe-isms, like “I can’t even!” was a big plus! But something was lost from the documentary-style, getting-to-know-Zoe from The Rachel Zoe Project. At times, this show felt disjointed, unfocused, and a bit forced. And at the end when Zoe gave a few much appreciated fashion tips it felt condescending. I will give it another try next week but so far, I can’t say I am “ba-na-nas” over it.

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Rachel Zoe Returns to TV

Photo credit: WENN

Photo credit: WENN

I first heard the name Rachel Zoe in 2008 when I watched a reality show on Bravo TV called The Rachel Zoe Project. I had never been inside the world of fashion and celebrity styling and I was hooked. Ms. Zoe was exquisitely talented and in her own words, I went ‘bananas’ for her. Today, Rachel Zoe, still a fashion guru, has expanded her business world as a distinguished stylist, editor and designer, and is the mother of two young sons. Now, after a two year hiatus it seems fitting that Rachel Zoe will be returning to television this fall. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Ms. Zoe will host a half-hour talk show on Lifetime called “Fashionably Late With Rachel Zoe.” The show, scheduled to air on September 24 will be set in Ms. Zoe’s Melrose Avenue headquarters. I am thrilled to see her on television again! You’re so maj, Rachel Zoe! xx.

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You are my inspiration, Rachel Zoe!

Photo Credit: Rachel and her team at New York Fashion Week via @RachelZoe Instagram

Photo Credit: Rachel and her team at New York Fashion Week via @RachelZoe Instagram

I am inspired by stylist, designer, and trailblazer, Rachel Zoe. Ever since I first noticed her on Bravo’s reality tv show, The Rachel Zoe Project, I have loved the fashion, the styling, the team; but most of all, I have loved watching the woman who is Rachel Zoe. Because she inspires me. The show continued for five years and ended, just as Ms. Zoe’s career exploded to include launching her own apparel and accessories business, The Rachel Zoe Collection, and creating The Zoe Report, a daily online style destination. You can imagine my delight, then, when I discovered Rachel Zoe’s inspirational words in a feature she wrote on LinkedIn: If You Let Passion Guide You, You Can’t Fail …

Since the beginning of my career, I have always been guided by my gut, meaning I never followed a list of how things should be on a given day— I’m not one to script how my life should go. My goal in the beginning was to ensure my clients felt confident and glamorous.”

So at any point in your career— whether you are just starting out or deciding to grow an already established business— remember what your dream was to begin with. Define your passion and remember why it has ignited and inspired you to be where you are today. I believe that you can and should live your dreams – and that rule should apply even in your professional life. If you love what you do, the success will come. If you let your passions and strengths guide you, failure won’t be an option.” ~ Rachel Zoe

(You can find the full story, here)

 

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Thank you Rachel Zoe, for picking my New Year’s Eve outfit!

Optimized-IMGP0184Rachel Zoe was the inspiration for my New Year’s Eve outfit. Today it’s all RZ, in honor of her and the birth of her new baby boy, Kai. The idea came to me after seeing this feature on The Zoe Report – How To Do VIntage: The Silk Bow Blouse. Continue reading

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Hanging out with Rachel Zoe and friends

Rachel Zoe

Rachel Zoe

A leather-and-glamour version of coffee talk, yesterday marked the final installation of Shop the Hangout in partnership with Google + and the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America), with special guest, Rachel Zoe. It was 40+ minutes of pure live fun and RZ love, with Joe Zee, Brian Atwood, Shopbop Fashion Director’s Elle Strauss, Molly Sims, and The Glamourai’s Kelly Framel. Several weeks ago, Diane von Furstenberg kicked off the Google + Hangouts, opportunities to meet the designers and shop their collections online. Today, and for at least another 24 hours, you can shop Rachel Zoe’s entire collection on Shopbop and save 15% on all items by using the code: RZHangout.

The conversation was a little bit of everything; sharing fashion trends and hearing about Rachel’s collection, but mostly, it was a chance to sit in on a fun chat among friends. No doubt Rachel Zoe is admired and well-loved as is her design collection. As Elle Strauss said, “our Shopbop customers are obsessed with Rachel Zoe … it’s wearable glamour essentially and they just love your signature styles … literally, they just fly off our shelves!

This is what happens when coffee talk meets glam!

 

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DVF: “Fear is not an option”

The glorious Diane von Furstenberg

The glorious Diane von Furstenberg  – Image credit: Wikipedia, at the 2009 Metropolitan Opera premiere

Last night I had an intimate conversation with Diane von Furstenberg. It felt that way as I watched “Shop the Hangout with Diane von Furstenberg,” a new online shopping experience with Google+, in partnership with The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). This was the first of what will be several future ‘Shop the Hangouts‘ with designers. Interviewed by Eva Chen, Editor-in-Chief of Lucky Magazine, the conversation became a global hangout as special guest, beauty expert and entrepreneur Michelle Phan and five women from around the world had questions for Diane. It was 40 minutes of pure magic. That’s because Diane von Furstenberg is wise and witty and wonderful. Here are some DVF thoughts, life advice and uplifting inspirations:

On the wrap dress: “A good thing is good forever … So many people have wrap stories … I decided that to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the wrap dress we are collecting stories and photographs. Continue reading

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70s inspired

70s inspired black and white dressing - Photos: Alexandra Queripel

70s inspired black and white dressing – All photos by Alexandra

Black and white are meant for year-round dressing and are always clean, crisp fashion choices. These Rachel Zoe Jett Wide-Leg Tuxedo Pants were on my radar the minute I saw them; as luck would have it my patience paid off and the pants went on sale. With a bit of alteration in the length and the proper undergarments I am now wearing them. Today it was the farmer’s market. Tomorrow, who knows? Feeling inspired by Rachel Zoe herself, I added a black 70s-style wide-brimmed hat. It’s a good day!

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