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Friday, September 9, 2011

Masterclass with Rachel Zoe: 10 Things She Has Taught Us About Fashion

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Rachel Zoe's Birthday Cake from rachelzoe.com

Last night was the premiere of a new season of The Rachel Zoe Project, and with the birth of Rachel Zoe’s son Skylar, the launch of her line, and her birthday this week, I’m sure it’s been happy times for Rachel! So I’d like to celebrate her style with a look at her new fall collection and the amazing things she’s taught us about fashion over the years…

1) The 70’s Is Not To Be Ignored. The seventies has sometimes gotten a bad rap. Everyone looks back on the era of “excess” i.e. disco, drugs & some extreme fashions like bellbottoms, short shorts, big feathered hair & sequins, with a bit of nostalgia & a chuckle. Rachel Zoe’s style has reminded us that the edged-out rock ’n roll looks and Dance-Fever-aesthetic of the seventies have made many a fashion icon in its day; names like Ali McGraw, Diane Von Furstenberg, Mick and Bianca Jagger. What’s more, she’s taught us that if you are a lover of fashion, fashion in a lil’ excess can be good! Read on to hear specifically what Mama Fash has done to make us all sit up, listen and unable to look away.

Rachel Zoe Collection on Elle.com

2) Supersize It! When it comes to shades, maxis, baubles & bling, more really is more. When she first came into the limelight, styling Nicole Richie, Mischa Barton and Lindsey Lohan, Zoe bowled us over with uber-fabulous, oversized shades and billowy fabrics languidly draped over modelesque, some say too-thin frames of herself and those she styled. We noticed and haven’t looked away since.

Rachel Zoe in InStyle Magazine April 2010

3) Play with Proportion: Voluminous on top, go streamlined on the bottom. Flared and full on the bottom, go slinky and sexy on top. Case in point: Tell me if this sounds familiar. A simple ultra-skinny pencil jean and a a filmy floral blouse, accessorized to perfection with a shearling vest, giant chandelier earrings and larger-than-life sunnies. It’s the everygirl Fashionista uniform! You may have even pictured Zoe herself.

Rachel Zoe Faux Fur Vest & Skinny Jean at saksfifthavenue.com

Rachel Zoe in fur vestAnother oft-imitated look: the easy, high-waisted sailor pant, a streamlined top, wedges and a big bucket bag of course. Zoe taught us that the “everything in moderation” maxim can and should be ignored -- you just have to know when to pull back. Sound complicated? Well, hire a stylist! They don’t call her the best for nothing.

Rachel Zoe Resort Collection

4) Menswear belongs to the girls! If there is any doubt to this statement just check out this double-breasted blazer dress on Jennifer Lopez. No one pairs feminine shapes with the sharp lines of traditional menswear to make a gorgeous garment that is all-girl better than Zoe. Check out her blazers, dresses and trousers to see just how well she handles menswear.

Jennifer Lopez in Rachel Zoe Fall 2011

Rachel Zoe Collection at Elle.com

5) Know Your Vintage: Zoe brought names like Van Cleef & Arpels and Judith Leiber to the red carpet year after year, and then with her show name- dropped them with such reverence and regularity, we’re all using them at the dinner table.

Read: “Please pass the Van Cleef." I wish! Be sure to check out FabSugar's awesome tips from Rachel on how to wear vintage.

Rachel Zoe at Met Gala on FabSugar.com

6) Aim for the Sky, Sky-high Platforms that is! Five inches on the red carpet and off seems to be the golden rule. Her new line can attest, as heel after heel teters coolly above the rest.

Rachel Zoe Platform Pump at saksfifthavenue.com

Rachel Zoe Platform Pump at saksfifthavenue.com

7) Friend of Faux: Fur is a Must! Boleros, shrugs and shaggy vintage vests --luxury is a wardrobe staple, and its cool to be kind, so faux is a do! I would bet there are probably more pics of Zoe at an evening affair or just heading out in the fall with fur on than not.

Rachel Zoe Collection at Elle.com

8) Be a Groupie for Fashion: Like Penny Lane in her 70’s-flare-jeaned glory, Rachel’s signature styles is a mix of her her fabulous influences. She takes it all in –- those fabulous influences and the fashion that surrounds her daily, mixes things up in her own beautiful mind, and out comes her own brand of boho chic! Remember the episode of The Zoe Project where Rachel was waiting backstage at Marc Jacobs and dared to try on the pumps that had just come off the runway? She’s a fan of the greats and isn’t afraid to show it and teach us who reigns supreme.

Rachel Zoe in leopard fron BravoTv.com

9) Fashion Can Kill You: Chanel The Divine – Whether encountering the influence of the venerable Coco & vintage Chanel or a new design by the daring Karl Lagerfeld, Zoe has uttered her signature expression “I die” to demonstrate the power the all-powerful House of Chanel has on its minions of devout followers. And so, we fell in love with her relatable swooning and then stole her slang for ourselves. May-jor!

Rachel Zoe & Brian Atwood in Harper's Bazaar

Check out this episode from season 2 of The Rachel Zoe Project on Bravo where Rachel visits Coco Chanel's Paris apartment and actually "dies" and goes to heaven...

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10) Reinvent the classics. Menswear, maxis, floppy hats and big shades. It’s all there in our fashion history from the 70’s and beyond. Zoe has taught us more than anything to get schooled in fashion and reinterpret it your way as us bloggers and followers of fashion are doing now to try to make our mark. As a a close-study of fashion, she’s been a teacher for us all; the groupie turned stylist, turned designer, turned sage. Get a piece of her fashion empire for yourself or just browse her collections below. "It's everything."

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posted by Plamena

Rachel Zoe is such a big inspiration to me! I've learnt so much about fashion!



posted by hallie wilson

Hi, lady!

Visiting from last week's Links a la Mode, congrats on your post being included in the round-up!

Love rule #3 here - play with proportion. It's something I've been experimenting with in styling lately, too!

Looking forward to getting to know you and your blog! x


posted by Anonymous

I love this woman!

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