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Rachel Zoe always does things in her own unique way. Instead of presenting one large fashion show in the Tents, yesterday she hosted two fashion shows in a relatively small, yet elegant, party room at the Empire Hotel—across the street from the Tents.
Rachel's styles haven't changed dramatically from her first collection. They still include a bit of a Charlie's Angels '70s vibe, but this time it's overshadowed by a '60s Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull rocker influence. Camel coats, suits with brilliantly fitted blazers, flared pants and statement-making maxi dresses—mostly in neutrals, although the occasional red or fuchsia did pop up. There was tons of layering. Coats over suits, sweaters over coats...it looked great, but if it had been anyone else but Rachel, we would have wondered if the designer had more pieces than models to show them on.
At our showing, we spotted Rachel's husband and sister, but none of the clients she styles. There were, however, plenty of high profile media types and stores reps attending. We saw Paper's Mickey Boardman, Neiman Marcus's Ken Downing, and we were situated near Nina Garcia and Joanna Coles. We couldn't help but wonder how those last two would have judged the designs if they'd been presented on Project Runway. We think it's safe to say Rachel would have won.