Rachel Zoe designed her pre-fall collection around the idea of travel. Not a carry-on kind of gal, Zoe’s lineup was not about packing light — quite the opposite. “With Rachel, it’s always glamorous,” said the label’s design director Anna Shaheen. “We worked with the idea of old railway car colors and the clasps on vintage suitcases and hatboxes.” The result was an extravagant and, as always, Seventies-inflected, wardrobe for a girl who wants to dress up.
Colors — peacock blue, magenta and spicy orange and mustard tones — were as rich as the fabrics, including silk chiffon, velvet and silk, cotton fil coupé and robust leather and suede worked on a burgundy fringed trench. Zoe’s go-to silhouettes were accounted for in glam-rock tuxedos, sweeping maxidresses and lean midlength styles. A blue midi dress in an embroidered, carpet-inspired paisley pattern had a sexy, open back that laced up with a braided, tasseled rope, an opulent detail that recurred through the lineup.
Last season, Zoe repositioned her collection at a much more elevated level than its original contemporary iteration. The upscaling was obvious in the materials, making investment pieces — a leopard-printed goat jacket, for example — out of Zoe’s flamboyant fashion.