Fashion Foursome Live!

ImageProxy-1Yesterday, a first: four fashion insiders – Joe Zee – Creative Director, Elle; Rachel Zoe – Designer and Stylist; Ken Downing – Fashion Director, Neiman Marcus and Coco Rocha – Model and Mentor, “The Face” – came together for – Style Talk Live, a Hangout on Air with Google+. They spent 30 minutes answering questions on spring fashion dressing. Beyond the florals and floral trends, people wanted to know what’s trending this spring. According to these fashion influencers, here is the recap

orange is the new neutral and goes with everything; orange handbags are the “it” bag for spring: blues in every shade: black and white graphic prints, especially chic with colorful cobalt blue accessories: big, wide cabana stripes: maxi skirts: gladiator sandals: boy-inspired dressing and the tomboy look will continue to be super chic through the fall: lightweight, warm weather leather, especially bomber jackets …

… and how to dress at the office? Ken:for work, a dress always looks polished … I’m a huge fan of the dress.” Coco Rocha: “I think it’s important for women to show it up, be proud of who you are!” Rachel Zoe: “It’s finding that balance of being very chic, slightly sexy, and strong and powerful … a great tuxedo is impossibly chic at the office.”

This conversation was fun – I hope they come back for more!

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The Rachel Zoe Project: “It’s Everything!”

Rachel Zoe with her husband Rodger

Rachel Zoe with her husband Rodger – The Rachel Zoe Project, Season Five

Season Five of The Rachel Zoe Project premiers tonight on The Bravo TV Network at 9:00pm and Rachel is adding to her collection of “Zoe-isms”with her latest phrase, “It’s Everything!” It’s time to see how Rachel Zoe’s life and career have transformed since we saw her last year. So Maje! comes to mind!

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Oh, ZOE!

Rachel Zoe

Rachel Zoe

My ears perk up when I see or hear stylist/designer Rachel Zoe on television. I have been a fan of her work for a long time and there is no doubt that she is an influential force in fashion. I caught her today on ABC’s Good Morning America discussing two new ventures: the unveiling of her Fall 2013 collection at New York’s Fashion Week, and the launch of her new company, Dream Dry. The concept of Dream Dry is simply to provide clientele on-the-spot (40 minutes or less) dream blowouts by a team of professionals. Led by Rachel Zoe and her partner, Robin Moraetes, Dream Dry salon is set to launch this week in New York City with plans for upcoming locations around the country. Ms. Zoe explained that there are several classic-styled looks from which to choose, each inspired by her favorite icons, including Brigitte Bardot and Audrey Hepburn.

Hair styling and makeup application complete the fashion picture for Rachel Zoe. As she said this morning, “If the hair is wrong your whole outfit is garbage!”

Taking the blow-dry concept to another level with personalized styling salons is a growing trend and I think we will be hearing more about it.

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Be a trail blazer!

Luxe Rachel Zoe chocolate suede jacket

“There is something about a well-fitted modern jacket that feels like armor. If it’s cut well, it adds a dose of cool to anything you wear it with and does the heavy lifting when it comes to creating a flattering shape.” ~ Stacy London – stylist, television personality, and author – from her new book, The Truth About Style

Do you own a blazer? Have you checked your closet recently? Blazers are so important for pulling a look together, and having a few well-fitting jackets, as Stacy London says, is necessary for feeling your best. I like the notion of a jacket as armor and I agree. Sometimes you want to say more rather than less. Sometimes you need the extra coverage; not just to complete a look, but to go deeper – to give you a sense of control and purpose when you need confidence. Sometimes, as your body ages, you simply need a little more structure and form, especially in the shoulders. And nothing, nothing gives a man or woman a sense of power and elegance like a blazer.

The expression ‘go to’ really fits when it comes to wearing a blazer. I have a few; a white and yellow for spring/summer, and my recent purchase – this Luxe Rachel Zoe chocolate-suede from her QVC collection. I chose it because of its good fit and interesting detail, including the puffed-sleeves (love!) and multiple zippers. And brown looks great with black, which makes it a classic for everything.

Take care of yourself and add your own protection with a proper jacket. Be a trail blazer!

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Wearing white …

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Wearing white – my bebe tuxedo jacket

… in November and beyond …

I personally wear white all year round … winter white, off white, ecru, crisp white, all of it … Little known fact – I love to mix it with black. I love a black pump, or a black bag … a little cherry red lip … amazing! I never get sick of white. Do it. Don’t be scared of it.

~ Rachel Zoe, stylist, designer

What happens when two style trends come together? You get fashion perfection! That’s how I felt when I saw this bebe jacket in the store window. A black and white tuxedo jacket? I knew I had to try it. Not only are the colors my all-time classic favorites (so crisp, so chic), but the feel of this jacket is also soft and supple – a little spandex makes the difference. And if my style guru Rachel Zoe endorses wearing white all year round, I say … why not? Do it? I’m doing it. And I encourage you to do it, too!

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QVC + HSN = OMG!

Luxe Rachel Zoe on QVC

Do you want to go to a fashion party where you can see fashion stylists, designers and celebrities? Here is an idea: Turn on your television. By now you know that I am a little hooked on QVC; it has become a destination for shopping for a few of my basics. But it is more than that; it is an opportunity to hear and see fashion forecasts from stylists, designers and celebrities whom I have come to know and love. Names like: Rachel Zoe, Isaac Mizrahi, Nicole Richie, Lori Goldstein, and the latest celebrity, Jennifer Hudson, have all found homes on QVC. Home Shopping may have had a practical and utilitarian reputation at one time, but today it is much more fun. And QVC is not the only game in town. It may not be the giant that QVC is but HSN (Home Shopping Network) is hitting its stride and updating its programming. The other night I saw Fern’s Finds on HSN. After watching for a moment I realized that Fern was the Fern Mallis, credited as creator of New York Fashion Week (see: SOF, New York Fashion Week, Part 1). Very cool. Other celebrity sightings and fashion labels featured on HSN are: J.Lo, DKNY, IMAN and Badgley Mischka.

Just this week (October 8, 2012) Time Magazine ran an article profiling CEO of HSN, Mindy Grossman. Grossman took over as CEO in 2006, and at sales of about $2.2 billion last year, has made her mark. According to Time, “How did a first-time CEO with no experience in television and direct-to-consumer retailing turn HSN around? It was pretty simple, really. She just got everybody to think in a whole new way.” ~ Belinda Luscombe, Time Magazine.

So, I don’t have to look much further than my television to find inspiration. Fashion and fun are coming to ME!

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Rachel Zoe’s spring 2013 collection

Rachel Zoe backstage with her collection
at New York Fashion Week

Today I had an unexpected surprise. I checked my e mail at 1pm to find a live digital stream of Rachel Zoe’s 2013 spring collection. Rachel Zoe is a stylist-turned-designer and I am a fan. By 1:30 I was watching her runway show with models turned out in classic Rachel Zoe style. It was clear why she is a perfect stylist – every look told a story. I loved this collection which was a combination of dressy elegance and casual chic: gold, glitter, and glam as well as modern pantsuits and jumpsuits. I especially liked the soft, supple jackets pushed up with blouses peeking through underneath. In her own words, the collection was BA-NA-NAS!

I guess I did see a show this year after all.

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