Oh what delight! The Rachel Zoe fall/winter ready-to-wear collection for the 2016 to 2017 period is positively superb, even if it is not very long. It holds quality over quantity here and we cannot pry our eyes away from the magnificence of the designs. A three-piece leather tux? Why not! It appears that when you are a designer, you can desire something and then create it for yourself, while also effectively sharing it with the world.
This is by far Rachel Zoe’s strongest collection to date, with twenty gorgeous pieces that we know are a must for our closets. It is intricate, it looks delicate and it has a wealthy appeal that many designers are veering away from. We love the playful metallic fringes and the lovely pearl embroideries, the bold brocades and rich velvets.
There is a good combination of the 1930s and the 1990s here, with a slightly more modern effect, looking bright and beautiful while still maintaining the darkness of the black pieces that nearly every designer is working with now. Feminine and masculine meld together for some cool effects, with chic tailored blazers paired beautifully with rather flirty skirts and dresses.
When it comes to the outerwear, Zoe seems to be queen here. There are Mongolian lamb fur vests that are superb in their own right, with furry bombers offered in the mix and some nighttime looks that had generally been missing from the Rachel Zoe collections.
As for those who had been clamouring for more evening, there is a gorgeous fully beaded slip dress that has us feeling the flapper girl routine, while beaded jumpsuits only have us thinking of Saturday night Fever and lots of disco dancing. The collection is all about being flirty and playful, while still maintaining that edge of wealth, which we love the label for.
When looking at the Rachel Zoe fall 2016 RTW line-up, we cannot help but feel the glamour exuding through it all, with the pearls scattered over the snowy cable-knit turtleneck and the multi-tiered metallic fringed skirts in silk. An impeccable cream wool coat also appears trimmed in Mongolian lamb, a look that also happens to make its way onto black hairy calf bombers.
Silk seems to be a common enough material used here, with velvet black-tie separates that you can wear as pajamas we’d think. And then, among the simple shimmery metallic and bright whites or pitch-black pieces, we also see the fiery marble jacquards that look strikingly handsome in midi dresses or maxi ones, with Mongolian lamb vest and without.
But back to the tuxedo, we have to admit that it is the more interesting look on the set, with red lining on the inside, a turtleneck sweater underneath the tuxedo coat, and a sheer, embroidered pair of pants that shows off the bodysuit worn underneath the layers. Glamour is totally in and the world of entertainment awaits!
Photos courtesy of Vogue