Rachel Zoe

May 27, 2014 by  
Filed under Fashion News

Rachel Zoe canceled her New York fashion week show in February to spend time with her newborn son and promote her new book, Living in Style. Taking a step back worked out for the celebrity stylist-cum-designer, whose new lineup felt more focused than those of seasons past. Zoe has a long-standing affinity for the glamour of the seventies, but this time around she went for a swinging sixties vibe, which tapped into one of Fall’s major trends. “I’ve said it before: I don’t think that my love for French ingenues of that era is ever going to change. It’s how you express that and make it new and modern,” Zoe said during a phone interview. She made references to the youthquake era with boxy jumpers and pleated miniskirts that looked fresh teamed with pointy oxford flats. Clean shift dresses were updated in a variety of novelty fabrications, including a slightly frayed tweed accented with delicate metallic chains, while classic bateau stripes were tweaked with graphic matte sequins. While there was nary a flared pantsuit in sight, Zoe managed to incorporate plenty of her signature tailoring throughout the collection. Among the highlights were a pair of pleated, wide-legged leather pants, as well as a houndstooth blazer shown with matching suspender trousers, and a menswear-inspired peacoat that popped in an electric “peacock” shade of blue. Still, Zoe couldn’t resist addressing the bohemian side of the sixties, so she also included lace baby dolls, groovy fringe tops, and brown suede bell-bottoms. They diluted the collection’s message a bit but should still appeal to her customer. All in all, this was a big improvement for Zoe.
—Brittany Adams
Runway Feed

Rachel Antonoff

May 17, 2014 by  
Filed under Fashion News

There’s a personal narrative behind each of Rachel Antonoff‘s idiosyncratic collections and their creative, correlating videos. This season, the spunky designer referenced one of her favorite novels, Marijane Meaker’s 1972 queer coming-of-age classic, Shockproof Sydney Skate. Antonoff paid tribute to the book’s female protagonist, whose pockets and handbags are always full of matchbooks, with a scratchy matchbook plaid found on casual cotton separates, and a pair of brushed-wool overalls featuring “No Smoking” embroidery. Other playful touches included a dashed-off tic-tac-toe motif that turned up on feminine silk wrap dresses and the lining of vibrant wrap coats, as well as an illustrated print depicting a cast of eccentric ladies, which ties into the Fall film.

In the short flick, Antonoff portrays a group of oddball women getting ready—each in her own peculiar way—for a night out. It’s a celebration of their various primping routines and such “mundane secrets” as draping stray hairs over house plants to interpretive dancing. All of the preparation leads up to the characters playing in an orchestra led by renowned contemporary artist Laurie Simmons. In general, there’s an offbeat humor about everything Antonoff does. Her novelty items may have the most immediate appeal, but the rest of the retro-preppy range shouldn’t be overlooked. Other highlights from the new lineup included color-blocked miniskirts, trompe l’oeil knits, and schoolgirl jackets. Antonoff also whipped up several nice trouser styles; one pair was pleated with ultrawide legs, while another fit like sweatpants with an elastic waistband. With the latter, Antonoff wanted to address “how to feel your absolute most comfortable and still be presentable enough to leave your house.” Surely, her customers will appreciate that emphasis on ease.
—Brittany Adams
Runway Feed

Rachel Zoe

December 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Fashion News

Our review will be posted shortly. See the complete collection by clicking the image at left.
Runway Feed

Rachel Antonoff

March 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Fashion News

“Best Friends” is the theme of Rachel Antonoff‘s Fall collection, and the designer brought in her real-life BFF, Lena Dunham, to make its corresponding video. The result: a nature-documentary-style short film that follows two partners in crime who could’ve walked off the set of a Girls episode guest-directed by Wes Anderson. The video aptly showcases the quirky-cool clothes, which also riff on the idea of besties via thoughtful details like friendship-bracelet trimming and the gold half-heart charms adorning the collar of an otherwise straightforward cap-sleeve shift. Other highlights include a shirt-and-pleated-skirt set in a slightly retro tie print, as well as matching oxford shoes from Antonoff’s ongoing collaboration with Bass. A duo of novelty sweatshirts that read “Ravenswood” and “El Royale” are a shout-out to two historic luxury apartment buildings in Los Angeles that Antonoff and co. are fascinated with and divided over. They will make Antonoff fans feel like they’re in on the inside joke.
—Brittany Adams
Runway Feed

Rachel Zoe

January 1, 2013 by  
Filed under Fashion News

Rachel Zoe‘s collection has taken a drubbing in the blogosphere lately. The question at hand: Can the contemporary label sustain itself when Zoe’s reality show isn’t on the air? Perhaps to address the issue, perhaps not, Zoe is starting to think outside the SoCal Boho box that she’s long been associated with. “Tough luxe” was the term being bandied about in her showroom, and there was a new emphasis on leather for pre-fall. Burberry seemed to have provided the template for a double-breasted trenchcoat in olive drab with black leather sleeves; other pieces had the shrunken, worn-in look that has defined urban cool forever. Elsewhere, it was back to the vaguely Saint Laurent-ish tailoring and sequins Zoe has done for a couple of years now. A black smoking with contrasting white lapels and tuxedo pant stripes will have hanger appeal, as will a little sleeveless dress beaded in an animal pattern. Much of the rest of the lineup erred on the anonymous side. The answer for this stylist-turned-designer may be to pack her clothes with more of the personality—the “Zoeisms”—that have made her TV show a hit.
—Nicole Phelps
Runway Feed

Rachel Roy

November 30, 2012 by  
Filed under Fashion News

Rachel Roy has a keen interest in developing countries, including Kenya and Haiti (she visited Port-au-Prince last year to brainstorm entrepreneurial ideas with local women), and she articulated that with her latest pre-fall collection, which combined influences from those cultures with the designer’s urban sensibility. A quilted, cropped jacket came in a batik-inspired print, for example, while a fluid black dress with a handkerchief hemline was embellished with gold mirrored plates. Aside from such artisanal touches, what stood out in this lineup were Roy’s office-appropriate (for the non-corporate job) alternatives to the suit. Wide-leg silk trousers paired effortlessly with shrunken blazers that had slightly exaggerated shoulders. A leather topcoat with a marbleized effect and wool insets can be worn with matching skinny pants for a head-to-toe look. Gesturing at a slinky metallic knit pullover, the designer explained that she wants women to toss on a sweater just like they would a T-shirt. Elevating the everyday staple is exactly what Roy does best.
—Brittany Adams
Runway Feed