Inspired by the art of travel, the Rachel Zoe pre-fall 2016 collection radiates both glamorous and vintage vibes, wherein earthy colors get all mixed up with more eccentric and bright hues. Perfectly resembling the kind of eclecticism the Seventies were all about, the collection also exemplifies a more metaphorical voyage, namely that of a woman who travels through the many milestones of her life. From more casual pieces that could just be perfect for any open air concert, to sophisticated evening dresses and casual-chic coats, the line-up has it all, confirming what the label’s creative director stated regarding this latest collection of hers.
“With Rachel, it’s always glamorous. We worked with the idea of old railway car colors and the clasps on vintage suitcases and hatboxes,” Anna Shaheen told WWD.
Thanks to a great focus on the shoulders, the Rachel Zoe pre-fall 2016 collection also takes a sensual turn, without giving up on the overall elegant appeal. One of the most interesting parts of the line-up is the designer’s color choice. Each one of the shades utilized has been carefully chosen along with the fabrics to appeal to the senses, subsequently making each one of the pieces unique. Midnight blues, oranges, magentas, yellows and golden hues have been matched with rich fabrics such as silk and velvet, while earthy colors mainly get combined with suede and leather. Together, they give birth to opulent psychedelic prints and a hypnotic succession of color-blocking techniques.
But that’s not all. Instead of only focusing on traditional Seventies-inspired motifs, Rachel Zoe’s creative director also opted for something completely different to spice up the collection – animal prints and tartan patterns. Thus, she created spectacular, tres chic pieces such as the fringed trench coats and ruffled white shirts.
In addition, the label treats us with some uncanny pieces, indeed. Playing with classic and glam rock silhouettes, the Rachel Zoe pre-fall 2016 collection explores the upcoming year’s most featured trends, combining Seventies-inspired motifs with modern patterns and fabrics. Velvet, bold blue and gold enter the collection with a blaze, getting skillfully mixed and matched with the key-pieces of the collection, including a floor-length maxi dress with cutouts on the sides, as well as a midi dress with paisley patterns and a sultry open back.
Goddess-like evening dresses feature gauzy golden fabrics and we also discover pleated gowns that also denote the clear forethought regarding the proportion Shaheen had in mind while designing the collection. Last but not least, embroidered lace fabrics adorn the closing three looks, which also include a pair of high-waisted bell-bottom black pants that kindly gives the collection a sort of romantic and dandyish allure, and a cozy modern-looking black leather jacket with fringing that will instantly give you some ‘Wild Wild West’ vibes.
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