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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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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Post-Labor Day White Out: I’m buying it!

Wearing white jeans last spring: These are Citizens of Humanity

Wearing white jeans last spring: These are Citizens of Humanity

Fashion rules are made to be broken. One in particular is the old, out-of-date rule to stop wearing white after Labor Day. The Zoe Report knows about fashion do’s and don’ts. One do: wear white after Labor Day. In fact, you can, and you must. White is so crisp and chic; it will enhance your wardrobe year-round. The trick is knowing how. Here are a few tips:

white jeans (as seen above) are a staple here to stay. Mine are boot-cut, but a slim-leg works well, too, with a flat shoe or a simple pump.

season-appropriate fabrics are more practical. According to TZR, as the weather cools, it’s more on-trend to wear white cashmere, wool and twill fabrics. Linen, very light cotton, and seersucker are all associated with hot, summer months, and should be worn only during that time of year.

white blazers and jackets are refreshing alternatives to black. Try adding one.

Enjoy your Post-Labor Day White-Out. I’m buying it!

Photo Credit: Lisa Reznik

 

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