Runway Report: Rachel Zoe

One thing can always be said for a Rachel Zoe collection, no matter where she takes us each season, it always reflects her true aesthetic.  With Led Zeppelin and Stephen Stills blasting through the speakers, messy roll-out-of-bed braids on the models and a chevron printed silk chiffon maxi closing the show, Rachel’s vivid 60’s and 70’s inspiration was alive and well for Spring 2014.

Glamorous and jet-setting, that’s the ideal lifestyle of the Zoe girl, except this time, she gave it to us with real ready-to-wear appeal. Even with her use of luxe fabrics like croc embossed leather jackets, silk and lace maxi’s, leather suiting and horsehair mini’s, when they were warped into separates, they seemed effortlessly accessible.

While prints sparingly popped in and out – whether in all white, sea green or all black – it was a heavily monochromatic collection, elongating bodies yet with such a large variation of fabrications, still allowing each piece to stand out on its own.  Silhouettes differed from start to finish but the key ingredient here was ease.  Taking us from safari inspired cargo leather jackets and army green silk separates, followed by a wave of lace pastels formatted into mini and maxi dresses, sneaks of boyfriend “destroyed” denim to an all white palette of cool-girl office attire, we were given a variety where everyone could find something to love.

One of the trends that stood out amongst the rest was the large variation of sophisticated suiting that existed throughout the collection.  With classic mens tailoring, whether it was a cropped blazer with matching cropped trouser, silk blouses with perforated full skirts, leather shift dresses or a white woven sleeveless jumpsuit paired off with a silk chiffon blouse, it all provided endless inspiration for up-to-date business attire.

You could tell there were definitely some pieces that RZ would favor; a 70’s inspired sleeveless gown with super low heavily draped back made of sequins, high waisted wide-leg denim trousers and a 60’s inspired mod mixed printed coat, however, in the end, she gave a great balance to what the Rachel Zoe girl should be wearing for Spring 2014, and we’re on board for it all.

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Jillian Magenheim is the Editorial Director and Director of Partnerships for She is also a digital media consultant for various fashion and beauty brands. You can follow her thoughts on Twitter @Magenhaz and on Instagram @jillianrose_m