Celeb Stylist-Rachel Zoe “Graphic Getaway “

Tumi Tag Limited-Edition Travel Cases

Tumi Tag Limited-Edition Travel Cases

Jet-setters beware: you are going to relish today’s Tumi Tag Limited-Edition Travel Cases! As part of the luxury brand’s collaboration with urban artist John “Crash” Matos, the four-piece set features a graffiti-inspired design that will have you yearning for a vacay simply as an excuse to travel alongside such groovy luggage!

Impossible to miss, it was the colorful motif of hot pinks, cobalt blues and pastels on these Tumi suitcases that first caught my attention. Speechless! Beyond their aesthetically pleasing aspects, I can also happily report that each piece is lightweight and durable, which is a mandatory quality in luggage for a notorious over-packer like myself. Planning a weekend getaway soon? Pack one of Tumi’s cases to take along with and you will be the talk of the terminal! xoRZ

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Availability: Tumi Tag Limited-Edition Travel Cases ($445-$595). For additional information, visit Tumi.com.

P.S. Continuing my celebration of Earth Month, I put together a special roundup of eco-friendly baby picks for new moms!



Luggage Case, $250

Paul Mitchell Express Ion Turbolight Dryer

In the midst of my eco-chic craze—read: 10 Fashionably-Conscious Picks—I have stumbled upon another fabulous green find: Paul Mitchell’s Express Ion Turbolight Dryer! Nothing accessorizes a look better than a sleek hairstyle and this lightweight gadget gets the job done with minimal damage and gorgeous results. Mah-jor-a!

Inspired by Earth’s natural elements with a faux wood design and tech-advanced components, this is not your average tresses tool. Featuring an innovative Express Ion Complex, Paul Mitchell‘s limited-edition dryer actually conditions your hair from root to tip while drying for a smooth, healthy and shiny finish. The most fabulous part? It boasts a powerful airflow reducing dry time by 60%! For realz! How’s that for a hair dryer? Treat your mane to some au-natural heat therapy today and it will thank you tomorrow. xoRZ

Availability: Paul Mitchell Express Ion Turbolight Dryer ($190, available in professional salons only). For salon locations, visit Paulmitchell.com.

P.S. I am auctioning off a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for CFDA’s Fashion & Friends for Japan auction. Check it out now and explore the other mah-jor prizes! //

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TZR Special Edition: My 10 Fashionably-Conscious Picks

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Organic One-Piece

  • Organic One-Piece


    • I am a huge fan of the eco-friendly fashion line, Bodkin. All of their designs are modern and versatile à la this sleek jumpsuit.
    •  Tree Hugging Tunes

  • Tree Hugging Tunes

  • Listen up—literally—to these stylish speakers! Crafted from post-consumer recycled materials with a cool leopard design and on-the-go portability, they are a must-have for any music lover.

  • Sustainable Shades

    Sustainable Shades


    Shopping for a new pair of sunnies? I highly recommend these bamboo beauties! For every pair purchased, KAYU donates $20 to fund one sight-restoring surgery in the developing world.

  • Faux (Real) Sleeve

    Faux (Real) Sleeve


    Every chic gadget needs a cool case to match, right? Stella McCartney shows us how it’s done with this cruelty-free faux leather case!

  • Natural Newborn

    Natural Newborn


    I was recently gifted this bundle of organic baby clothes for my little guy and I’m obsessed! Every piece is super soft and comes carefully wrapped in a flower-shaped bouquet.

  • Conscious Candle

    Conscious Candle


    As an avid candle collector, I was thrilled to add a few TranSglass Candles to my home. Made from old wine bottles, they will add the perfect eco element to any space.

  • Eco-Chic Tote

    Eco-Chic Tote


    The perfect summer beach accessory, I love the ikat print of this vegan tote! Made of recycled plastic bottles, faux leather and antiqued hardware, it is a precise portrayal of Matt & Nat’s eco-chic style.

  • Earthy <i>Excessory</i>

    Earthy Excessory


    Go big or go home in this totally chic, totally eco-conscious necklace. The twist design is decked out with colorful acai, jaboncillo and tagua discs to boldly update any look.

    Green Jeans

  • Green Jeans


    Part of Levi’s new Water < Less collection, this classic pair of skinny jeans are made with the use of minimal H2O.

    So mah-jor!

    • Botanical Buds
  • Botanical Buds


    Bring some life into your space with an at-home garden courtesy of Potting Shed Creations! Choose from four cool plants, including lavender, snap dragons, heirloom mint and basil.


    Cool Clutch
    Marc by Marc Jacobs Clutch, $200
    “Go bold or go home with this raffia and leather turquoise clutch by the one and only Marc Jacobs.”

    Daring Denim
    J Brand Skinny Jeans, $176
    “Break out of your blue jean rut and color your look cool with these to-die-for statement skinnies.”

    Look-at-me Nails
    Maalouf Beauty Nail Polish, $9
    I die for this popsicle-shaded polish by my dear friend and makeup guru, Joey Maalouf. Paint it on and don’t look back.”

    SHIMMI Tiana Bikini, $180
    “Poolside plans? Rock this fierce bikini by SHIMMI and prepare to turn heads.”

    Neon Belt
    Miu Miu Double Wrap Belt, $295
    “An instant fluorescent favorite, Miu Miu’s Double Wrap Skinny Belt is a must-have addition to your spring wardrobe.”

    Eye-Catching Wedges
    Topshop Wizard Cork Wedges, $140
    “Orange you glad to stumble upon these striking shoes? Their 5-inch cork wedge heel and cutout detailing are mah-jor!”

    Bold Blouse
    DKNY Ruffled Blouse, $195
    “Feeling snoozy toward your white button-up? Swap it out for this brilliant azure option!”

    Cheek Stain
    Givenchy Jelly Blush, $33
    “”Proceed with caution—you will be tickled pink by Givenchy’s jelly-based blush in Candide Pink!”

    Vibrant Shades
    Karen Walker Sunglasses, $180
    “A fabulous final touch to your spring-to-summer wardrobe, these neon sunnies will close the deal on any look.”

    Hot Headwear
    ASOS Turban, $22
    “An unexpected yet on-point pick, why not welcome spring with a bright turban topper by ASOS?”

    Killer Kaftan
    Mara Hoffman Silk Kaftan, $310
    “A totally versatile, traffic-stopping piece, Mara Hoffman’s Kaftan is suited for a day at the beach or night out on the town.”

    Graphic Scarf
    Versace Printed Silk Scarf, $405
    “Transform any look from drab to fab with Versace’s eye-catching silk scarf.”

    Flashy Flats
    Dolce Vita Idalia Sandals, $150
    “I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day with these luminous yellow sandals. OOC!”

    Spring Trench
    MICHAEL Michael Kors Trench, $115
    “The It outerwear option of the season, everyone needs a stylish trench like this in their closet!”

    Giant Gems
    Kara Ross Stud Earrings, $280
    “Turquoise gems are the ultimate add-on to any ensemble. Agree? Love this faceted set of earrings by Kara Ross!”

    Sally Hershberger Styler, $11
    “Enclosed in a beautiful bright bottle, Sally Hershberger’s hair plumper will give your mane a serious boost!”

    Melie Bianco Top Handle Bag, $65
    “Inject some life into your wardrobe every day this spring by carrying a bold bag. Melie Bianco shows us how it’s done!”

    Urban Decay Shadow Pencil, $20
    “Looking to revamp your beauty routine this season? Start with Urban Decay’s rock star liner! Obsessed.”

    MISSONI Rope Necklace, $280
    “Expand your accessory horizons by adding MISSONI’s perfectly purple rope necklace into your treasure chest. It’s everything!”

    Flirty Skirt
    Rebecca Taylor Long Skirt, $350
    “Take your style to the max with this pleated skirt by Rebecca Taylor. The classic cherry color is beyond!”
    ETRO Wide-Leg Trousers

    ETRO Viscose Wide-Leg Trousers

    Looking at the world through bold-colored lenses—see my Bright Ideas guide of 20 Electric Spring Picks—I can’t seem to pull myself away from hot hues! With the runways as my main point of reference, there is no telling how many minutes I have spent clicking through Style.com to gawk over daring shades in every form imaginable. One of my favorites being the wide-leg silhouette as demonstrated by ETRO with a pair of Viscose Wide Leg Trousers—their yellow tint is literally ba-na-nas!

    Fitting right in with this season’s ’60s and ’70s craze, these high-waisted bottoms are far out and fabulous. Their soft viscose material, audacious golden color and beautifully flared hem make for a diverse addition to any wardrobe. Agree? If you’re loving the wide-leg and bright style, I invite you to check out some like-minded looks from Marc Jacobs and Jil Sander. As for how to wear them, I recommend rocking these cool trousers the ETRO way—with a silk tank (tucked in), silver choker and structured hat! They’ll call you mellow yellow. xoRZ

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    Availability: ETRO Wide-Leg Trousers (price upon request, 212.317.9096). For additional information, visit Etro.com.

    P.S. As a glam reader of The Zoe Report, I would love to know your thoughts in order to keep bringing you killer content! Please take my (fashionably-short) survey now and as a thank you for doing so, you will be sent a 20% off discount code for Charm & Chain to your inbox!

    High-Waisted Flare Pants, $54


    Casadei Wooden Wedge Sandals

    Shoe crush alert! Stepping into ’60s-style for spring—say that three times fast—I am absolutely wild over these Casadei Wooden Wedge Sandals. Lost without the high-end Italian brand, Casadei is not only a go-to designer for me but also often times a requisite for my clients on the red carpet. That being said, let’s take a closer look at today’s jaw-dropping shoes!

    Dreamt up of wood and leather with a towering structure and crisscross straps, these chunky wedges are a-mah-zing. One of many noteworthy pairs from Casadei’s latest collection—see the full S/S lookbook here—they are destined to put some groove in your glide this season and for years to come. Need inspiration for how to rock ‘em? I recommend a boho top, flared jeans and cross-body bag for a hippie chic look that no one can touch! xoRZ

    Availability: Casadei Wooden Wedge Sandals ($890). For additional retailer information, visit Casadei.com.

    Portofino Perfect

    Tom Ford Beauty Neroli Portofino Body Scrub

    Looking to upgrade your shower experience? You’re in luck! The one and only Tom Ford has just launched a full collection of luxury bath products. As an extension of his popular Neroli Portofino scent, the Neroli Portofino Collection consists of five opulent products, including a body moisturizer, body oil, bath soap, shower gel and today’s spotlighted, Body Scrub! Ba-na-nas!

    Taking a closer look at this exfoliating wonder, there is much to be desired. From the summer-minded aqua packaging to its invigorating formula and jet-set scent—a sweet mixture of citrus oils, floral notes and amber undertones—Tom Ford’s Body Scrub promises to take your tub time to the next level. Rub it on from head to toe to remove dead skin cells, then follow with the Neroli Portofino Body Moisturizer and Body Oil for extra-extravagant results that will leave your skin looking and feeling radiant. xoRZ

    Availability: Tom Ford Beauty Neroli Portofino Body Scrub ($80). For additional information, visit Tomford.com.


    Got Jewels?

    By now I am sure you have heard a word or two about JewelMint, Kate Bosworth’s exclusive jewelry club, but if not, allow me to fill you in! Created to bring you personalized selections every month based on your unique style, JewelMint is a members-only service—free to join!—with a chic assortment of on-trend gems. The coolest part? Each piece only costs $29.99, plus as a Zoe Report reader you will receive 50% off your first purchase with promo code Zoe50! Ba-na-nas!

    Being a stylist, I can knowingly say that mixing and matching jewelry into an outfit can really make or break a look. With JewelMint, you can shop without worry, because each piece is specifically chosen to complement your style. Fabulous! Ready to jazz up your wardrobe with some jewels? Duh! Surf over to JewelMint now and treat yourself to something shiny. xoRZ

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     McQueen diaper bag????? It leaves me speechless!! XoRZ




    Vera Wang Fashion Bouquet

    Spring is officially here, which means the wait is over to rock your lights and brightshallelujah!—so stay tuned to this space because I have many brilliant picks in store. Beyond your wardrobe, another fabulously fitting way to celebrate the new season is with a fresh bunch of flowers. Might I suggest Vera Wang’s Absolute Elegance Fashion Bouquet?

    One of my favorite rituals, I love to ring in spring by accessorizing my home with one or more beautiful corsages of flowers (see the aforementioned Jeff Leatham design). This year, my floral arrangement of choice is from Vera Wang’s Fashion Bouquets Collection—specifically, the Absolute Elegance Bouquet, which is a gorgeous hand-tied bouquet of white roses, purple Peruvian Lillies and bi-colored white and purple mini calla lillies. Divine. Arrange these flowers inside a vibrant vase to be displayed in your entryway, living room or anywhere that needs a fragrant pick-me-up! xoRZ

    Availability: Vera Wang Absolute Elegance Fashion Bouquet ($60), available exclusively on Ftd.com. //


    5 Ways to Help Aid the Relief Efforts in Japan

    Nothing is as eye-opening as when a disaster occurs in our world to the magnitude of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. While it is easy to feel helpless in such an overwhelming situation, we really do each have the ability as individuals to make a dramatic impact in this devastating time.

     Calling on the powerful forces of the fashion world, I have dedicated today’s Zoe Report to the cause with five glamorous items that each donate a percentage of their proceeds directly to the American Red Cross to aid relief efforts in Japan. Mah-jor. Browse my stylishly charitable finds below to pick out something special for yourself or a loved one, and don’t forget to spread the word! Trendsetting for a cause—what could be chicer than that? xoRZ

    1. Jennifer Zeuner Good Luck Hand Necklace
    Expand your jewelry collection with Jennifer Zeuner’s inspiring Good Luck Hand Necklace in gold or silver. Now through Friday, March 25th, Jennifer Zeuner will be donating 50% of the proceeds from every Good Luck Hand Necklace purchased at Jenniferzeuner.com to the American Red Cross to help relief efforts in Japan.

    2. 7 For All Mankind The Rachel Bellbottom for Piperlime.com
    My all-time favorite bellbottoms! Get a pair of the coveted wide-leg style for yourself and 10% of the net profits of The Rachel Bellbottom will be donated directly to the American Red Cross when purchased between 3/18/11 and 3/25/11.

    3. b-glowing.com
    Get gorgeous on the inside and out with b-glowing.com‘s insane selection of beauty products. Enter promo code RESTOREJAPAN at checkout and 10% of all proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross. Valid now through Friday, March 25th.

    4. DL & Company
    Accessorize your home with DL & Company’s luxurious candles for a cause! Enter promo code ZOE at checkout and 10% of all proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross. Valid now through Friday, March 25th.

    5. Rebecca Minkoff Red Handbags
    Shopping for a new statement bag for spring? Look no further than Rebecca Minkoff! For every red bag purchased, $100 will be donated directly to the American Red Cross.

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    Moda Operandi

    Hold the phone! There is a new online luxury fashion retailer on the scene that you need to know about: Moda Operandi. Breaking down the walls between the runways and the fashion-obsessed, it is the first ever luxury service that allows members to pre-order looks directly from catwalk collections, featuring the most prominent designers. Translation? It’s ba-na-nas!

    If you have ever lost sleep dreaming about Style.com‘s latest coverage—guilty—you are going to freak out over Moda Operandi. Intrigued? Apply for a membership now and the first 500 Zoe Report readers to sign up will be instantly accepted. OOC! This exclusive invite works on a first come, first serve basis, so if you miss out, you will need to apply and wait in line. But trust me, the wait is worth it! Once accepted into Moda Operandi, you will be granted private access to shop looks from the biggest players in fashion, like Matthew Williamson, Proenza Schouler and more! What are you waiting for? Apply now to turn runway into reality. xoRZ

    Availability: Apply for a free membership at Moda Operandi now. Run don’t walk, the first 500 Zoe Report readers to sign up are instantly accepted!

    PS: Are you ready to rock the hottest resort wear? Obvi! Then enter now for a chance to win $1,500 towards a glam getaway + top designer brands like Rachel Pally!

    Lucky Leopard

    Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci Leopard Print Belt

    To belt or not to belt, that is the question. When in doubt, my answer is always: to belt! This often overlooked style practice not only flatters your figure, but also ups the ante on any outfit. Loves it! Honing in on one stylish cincher in particular—how fierce is today’s Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci’s Leopard Print Belt shown above.

     With at least one eye on Givenchy at all times—I wouldn’t dream of missing a moment from the French fashion house—I recently uncovered this beautiful belt from their spring collection. Fitting right in with my current animal obsession—see my guide of 20 Wild Print Picks—it caught my eye with its gorgeous leopard calf hair print and beige leather trim. Purr-fection! Taking inspiration from the runways, I recommend rocking this Givenchy gem with black trousers, a tuxedo vest and platform sandals! xoRZ

    Availability: Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci Leopard Print Belt ($1065, 214.559.4510). For additional retailer information, visit Givenchy.com.

    P.S. Mah-jor alert! HauteLook is giving away $1,500 towards a glam getaway + gorgeous resort wear—all you have to do is sign up! 

    Style It With

    Parallel Universe

    MICHAEL Michael Kor
    Leopard Belt

    Stud Magnet
    Burberry Prorsum Studded Shoulder Trench

    Burberry Prorsum Studded Shoulder Trench

    Do you believe in love at first sight? I do! I mean, with Burberry Prorsum’s Studded Shoulder Trench in my line of vision, how could I not? Just one look is all it took for me to stop dead in my tracks—I’m ready to spend the rest of my life wearing it!

    A consummate portrayal of Christopher Bailey’s spring collection for Burberry—he tore down the house with motocross cool, deliciously accessorized looks—this jacket is off the chain. Equal parts classic and modern, its soft buttery leather and fully studded shoulders give the timeless silhouette an awesome update that is impossible to resist. Shopping around for a new spring coat? Burberry’s trench could be the one. After all, it is not every day that a piece of outerwear like this comes into your life. Studded soul-mate! xoRZ

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    Availability: Burberry Prorsum Studded Shoulder Trench ($2995). For additional retailer information, visit Burberry.com.

    PS: Turn your vacay fantasies into a reality with HauteLook and The Zoe Report! All you have to do is sign up and you will be entered to win $1,500 towards a HauteLook Getaway + glam resort wear. Mah-jor!

    Parallel Universe PARALLEL UNIVERSEBebe
    Studded Twill Trench, $169


    Izak Zenou Stationary:

    Izak Zenou Stationary for Expressionary.com

    Timeout! Set your smart phones down because today’s story calls for a mandatory break from tweeting, texting and email. Call me crazy, but I think now is the perfect moment for everyone to send a message the good old-fashioned way…by putting pen to paper. Agree? Then brush up on your penmanship and reach for some glamorous stationary by industry artist, Izak Zenou!

    If you have yet to discover the extraordinary talent of Izak Zenou, then you are in for a treat today, Zoe Reporters. Famous for his high-fashion illustrations, which have been featured everywhere from Henri Bendel to Chanel and French VogueOOC!—the man is a creative genius. Now partnered with Expressionery—an online Mecca for personalized stationary—you can shop Zenou’s exclusive designs yourself in the form of folded notes, flat cards and even custom invitations. Mah-jor! Have an important event coming up or special message you want to send? Say it in style! xoRZ

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    Ring In Spring

    Lanvin Metal et Pierre Ring

    As someone who collects fashion like art, I am often asked about which items from my repertoire I cherish the most. While this is a near-impossible question to address, my gut instinct answer would have to be my jewelry (note: Chanel jackets are a close second)! Whether I reach for a vintage piece, modern bauble or mixture of the two, I honestly can’t imagine getting dressed in the morning without a few treasures. Contemplating all of this season’s bling blingin’ offerings, I have my heart—and hands—set on the above Lanvin Metal et Pierre Ring. OOC!

    A precious token from Lanvin’s S/S 2011 collection, this declarative metal and crystal piece is a flawless way to ring in spring—lit-er-a-lly. My idea of a conversation starter, it will strike up praise wherever you go while being versatile enough to rock anywhere, with anything. My thoughts? Work Lanvin’s glamorous ring with a nude dress, platform pumps and cool clutch! Lanvin lasts a lifetime! xoRZ

    Availability: Lanvin Metal et Pierre Ring ($555, 646.439.0380). For additional information, visit Lanvin.com. 

    Hair Therapy

    Serge Normant Meta Morphosis Hair Repair

    Now that award season is successfully over—hallelujah!—I finally have a moment to de-stress and recover. The first thing I’m going to do? Treat myself to some salon-style pampering from head to toe, starting with Serge Normant’s Meta Morphosis Hair Repair Treatment! Heaven sent, it provides transforming results for your tresses without you ever having to leave the house.

    We’re all guilty of putting our locks through the ringer through blow drying, straightening and over-processing—disaster—which is why it is so important to give our hair some much needed love. Conceived with vegetable protein, Moroccan lava clay and other deluxe components, this special therapy will restore your mane from the root to tip to its strongest, healthiest potential with plenty of shine. Phenom! Have fifteen minutes to spare? Apply Serge Normant’s Meta Morphosis Hair Repair Treatment, then sit back, relax and prepare to be amazed! xoRZ

    Availability: Serge Normant Meta Morphosis Hair Repair ($60). For additional retailer information, visit Sergenormant.com.

    Parallel Universe

    Triple Moisture Hair Mask

     Ask Rachel: Look On The Brightside

    Ask Rachel: Look On The Brightside
    Hi Rachel,
    I am obsessed with all of the bright looks shown on the spring runways and really want to try the trend myself. How does a woman in her 30s mix bold colors into her wardrobe while still looking classic? Thanks! – Nicole, via Submit A Question

    Hi Rachel,

    I am obsessed with all of the bright looks shown on the spring runways and really want to try the trend myself. How does a woman in her 30s mix bold colors into her wardrobe while still looking classic? Thanks! – Nicole, submitted via Submit A Question


    Thank you for the fabulous question! It is true that bright hues were all over the runways from Fendi and Burberry to Prada and Jil Sander. Rest-assured, there are plenty of age-appropriate means to interpret the look into your own closet. Take it from me!

    For starters, as with any trend, it is always a good idea to test the waters with a bold accessory or two. Think: a shiny belt, multicolored necklace or vibrant pair of shoes. This approach will get you out of your comfort zone in such a way that is understated and chic. You can’t go wrong! Here are some of my current frill faves:

    1. Rebecca Minkoff Alaina Handbag
    2. ASOS Leather Patent Belt
    3. Lizzie Fortunato You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me Necklace
    4. Dolce Vita Jade Wedges

    After you have come to terms with color, I recommend taking things up a notch via some striking apparel. A good rule of thumb is to rock one bright piece at a time while keeping the rest of your outfit neutral—a basic white tee always works! Agree? Try:

    5. Crumpet Cardigan
    6. Topshop Stripe Skirt
    7. Tucker Printed Harem Pants
    8. Equipment Vintage Shirt Dress

    Finally, as a finishing touch to any beaming ensemble, paint your nails to per-fec-tion with an attention-grabbing polish. The brighter, the better! xoRZ

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    Fashion Week: Q&A with Derek Lam

      As a frequently featured designer in The Zoe Report—and in my closet—Derek Lam was an obvious candidate for my Fashion Week Q&As! The San Francisco-born clothing creator is always one to watch, turning out crisp-clean collections season after season. In between prepping for his F/W 2011 show—which tore it up on the runways over the weekend!—and eBay Collection debut, he graciously extended a few moments to me to answer some questions for my readers, including what item in his closet he can’t live without and what every girl needs this spring. Ba-na-nas! Intrigued? Keep reading! xoRZ

    RZ: First of all—let’s discuss your Spring ’11 collection, which is a stunning series of West Coast-minded looks…what is the influence behind it?
    DL: Spring 2011 was a relaxed approach to rustic luxury. I was inspired by Peter Schjeldahl’s “Way Out West” piece from the January 25, 2010 issue of The New Yorker regarding California minimalism.

    RZ: I die for your handbags—they are one thing I look forward to the most each season. What can we expect from you next on the accessories front?
    DL: The collection will continue with the signature rams head hardware, a nod to my sign – Aries. For Spring 2011, I love exotics, bleached python and sea snake.

    RZ: You obviously have a serious eye for womenswear, but speaking for the boys—what is one thing in your own closet you can’t life without?
    DL: Tod’s loafers, you can wear them everywhere.

    RZ: As a global fashion influence, what advice do you have for my Zoe Report readers who are planning for a career in the fashion industry?
    DL: Internships are a good way to get a feel for the industry and gain experience. Hard work pays off, a great reference can be invaluable.

    RZ: This spring, every girl needs an _________________.
    DL: Ume bag! 

    Fashion Week: Q&A with Donna Karan

      Today’s Fashion Week Q&A guest needs no intro, but just in case you are a newcomer on the scene, Donna Karan is a key player to know. The designer behind two acclaimed labels—Donna Karan and DKNY—she has produced back to back collections of gorgeous, wearable clothes for women for over 25 years. While gearing up for her F/W 2011 runway shows in New York—both were presented this past week—she made time to answer some insider’s questions exclusively for The Zoe Report. Pore over her answers below, then indulge yourself in her latest collections. xoRZ

    RZ: As a pioneer for wearable women’s fashion, your designs are all made with the modern woman in mind—what is your idea of the perfect contemporary look, day vs. night?
    DK: The perfect look goes day into evening with sophistication and ease. It works for you, your body, your style and your lifestyle. For most women, I love anything simple and black that sets a foundation, which you can add and subtract and change its attitude/function as the day goes on. A simple black jersey dress. A black bodysuit with pants or a skirt. You can layer on a cardigan, jacket or coat. You can opt for flats or heels. And you can use jewelry and scarves to personalize.

    RZ: Your fashion empire includes not one, but two mah-jor lines, both the Donna Karan Collection and sister label, DKNY—what influences your design process for one as opposed to the other?
    DK: Collection and DKNY are the two sides of woman and her city. So the approach is very different. Collection is a more personal vision. It’s about luxury, longevity and flexibility. I want each modern piece to become a part of you and your wardrobe, so a lot of effort goes into the fit, fabric and detail. DKNY is street fashion. It’s designed to be of the moment in terms of trends and attitude. Quality is paramount, but the look is edgier, younger and more casual. It also has a broader appeal, dressing multi-generations and lifestyles, so there is something for everyone.

    RZ: I am so in awe of your S/S 2011 Collection—which is full of dreamy flowy neutrals…do you have one favorite look from the collection?
    DK: I’d have to say it’s the slip dress worn with one of the body-conscious crushed jackets. I love its femininity and artistic spirit. I also love how relaxed it feels on the body. A longer length has a way of putting your whole body at ease.

    RZ: How do you prepare for New York Fashion Week? What is your favorite part?
    DK: It’s always stressful, even at this stage of my career. You want to put out the best collection you can, and yet are relying on so many sources from all over the world, so balance and timing is a real issue. I’m also very detail driven, so I’m always adding and subtracting until the absolute last minute. My favorite moment is when I come out at the end of the show and see my daughter’s face in the front row.

    RZ: Tell me something that you are coveting for spring!
    DK: Honestly? Time off. I love to travel, re-energize and seek new inspiration.

    RZ: Many of my TZR readers are aspiring fashion designers, editors and buyers—as someone who has left such a substantial, ongoing impression on the tough industry, what piece of advice would you give them?
    DK: Work in a store. Get to know your customer. See what works, what doesn’t and why. I tell that to every student I speak to. It’s truly the most valuable training you can have in fashion. Fashion is a creative art form, but it lives in the real world and retail is the best education imaginable.

    Fashion Week: Q&A with Prabal Gurung

      Only two years have passed since Prabal Gurung‘s inception on the scene, yet he is, if not already, on his way to becoming a household name. His divine dresses can be seen everywhere from the pages of Harper’s Bazaar to the red carpet—he is a go-to for my clients—and even on the First Lady herself. All things considered, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to include him in my Fashion Week Q&As for today. Obvi! Continue reading below for an up close and personal look into a world that is perfectly Prabal…xoRZ

    RZ: In the short time that has passed since debuting your first collection, you have made a huge impact on the fashion sphere! Your F/W 11 show, which was presented this past week, is arguably your best collection yet. How would you describe it? And what was the inspiration?
    PG: This season draws from the romantic styles seen throughout the Victorian era with a slightly disheveled, savage edge. The silhouettes and detailing create a juxtaposition between precious and casual couture, in a way reminiscent of Miss Havisham meets John Singer Sargent’s A Parisian Beggar Girl.

    RZ: Your list of clientele includes the most prominent women imaginable, including Michelle Obama, Demi Moore and Zoe Saldana—who in your words is the Prabal Gurung woman?
    PG: The Prabal Gurung woman is one who is confident, celebrates her femininity, intelligent and chooses to wear pieces that make her feel her best. I have always said that I design for the thinking man—trades sex symbol and I truly continue to do just that.

    RZ: Talking the current season—your S/S 11 collection is an a-mah-zing merger of color-blocking, innovative fabrics and expert tailoring…what was your motivation behind it?
    PG: For the S/S 11 collection, I really wanted to include bright, unexpected color combinations. The bold hues and the simplicity of the silhouettes made the collection quite versatile and it seems that it was quite well-received by my audience.

    RZ: What goes on behind-the-scenes in preparing for New York Fashion Week? What is your favorite part?
    PG: There are so many components that go into show prep season after season. Everything from the lighting and runway to the collection itself needs to come together and compliment each other. It’s one thing to have a vision but another to bring it to life. It is a challenge but worth every moment that leads up to the lights going down.

    RZ: One thing my Zoe Report readers are all dying to know—can we anticipate a line of Prabal Gurung handbags and accessories in the future?
    PG: I don’t know how far into the future but you can expect handbags as well as many other product categories. Every day I work toward creating a lifestyle brand and I am so excited by the endless possibilities that hopefully will bring!

    Availability: Prabal Gurung’s Spring 2011 Collection will be available at Fred Segal Couture this month (310.458.8100). For additional retailer information, visit Prabalgurung.com.

    Fashion Week: Q&A with Marc Jacobs


    Moving right along to the second installment of my Fashion Week Q&As, I have an extra special interview to share with you today: Marc Jacobs! For realz! Despite his insane schedule leading up to his runway shows—both of his eponymous lines, Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs, will be presented in New York next week—he did me a favor as my cherished friend and took time to answer a few questions exclusively for The Zoe Report. Keep reading for an insider’s view into the brain of one of fashion’s most influential players…and don’t forget to check Style.com next week for a full look at his Fall/Winter 2011 collections! xoRZ

    RZ: With three prominent fashion labels on your repertoire—Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton—you are an untouchable force in the fashion industry…how do you balance it all?
    MJ: Do I balance it? News to me…

    RZ: How does your design process differ from one of your lines vs. the others? Do you have a different woman in mind for each label?
    MJ: I’m schizophrenic—no problem switching gears.

    RZ: I am completely mesmerized by your spring collection for your main line, Marc Jacobs—’70s glam perfection—what was your inspiration behind the collection?
    : The hedonistic disco days that I loved so much!

    RZ: You obviously have an amazing fashion sense, which is reflected both in your own wardrobe and multiple labels—what advice would you give to my readers of The Zoe Report for finding their own personal style?
    If it feels good—do it!

    RZ: This spring, every girl needs a _________________.
    MJ: Lot more!

    RZ: The Marc Jacobs empire is ever-expanding. What can we expect next?
    MJ: Who knows…THOUGHTS? HA HA HA.

    P.S. There’s still time to find the perfect gift this Valentine’s Day. Shop Cartier’s LOVE Collection now for iconic pieces that will be treasured for a lifetime. Every love story should be told with Cartier.

    When suffering from a serious case of closet boredom—the worst—I find the most effective antidote almost always comes in the form of an accessory…i.e. a killer pair of shoes, statement jewelry or groovy clutch. Whatever it takes to turn a snoozy outfit upside-down—right? One dope way to adorn yourself this spring is via a bold and unexpected turban as demonstrated on the runways at Jason Wu and Giorgio Armani, and by hair accessory extraordinaire, Jennifer Behr, with her latest work, today’s Gold Turban Wrap!

    A longtime admirer of Jennifer Behr‘s diverse and divine headpieces, I am dying to add this new golden topper to my collection. Hand sewn out of vintage 1960′s lustrous fabric with tie closure at the back, it is an exquisite piece that channels timeless glamour. OOC. Keep in mind that when wearing a turban you can get away with keeping the rest of your look slightly understated, so your options are endless. My outfit instinct? Complement Jennifer Behr’s metallic wrap with a floral print maxi, metallic platforms and bold eyeshadow for a golden goddess getup! xoRZ

    Availability: Jennifer Behr Gold Turban Wrap ($800). For additional retailer information, visit Jenniferbehr.com.

    P.S. Have you shopped my Animal Instincts guide of 20 Wild Print Picks? Hurry before they go extinct!

    Style It With

    Chic Maxi

    Metallic Platform

    Bold Eyeshadow

    Parallel Universe

    Urban Outfitters
    Full Turban


    20 Wild Print pics:

     1.) BELT– Mick Leopard Belt, $150   BLOUSE– Equipment Sydney Blouse, $198   BOOTIES– Senso Wilma Booties, $160        BRA-Cosabella Anouck Soft Bra, $62  

     2.) BRONZER– Too Faced Peach Leopard Bronzer, $28   HAT– Free People Bleached Floppy Hat, $138  CANDLE– L’Objet     Leopard Candle, $95   DUFFLE– Brown Faux Snakeskin Holdall Bag, $80

    3.) CUFF– Dannijo Animal-Print Cuff, $230  HAIR TOOLS– Amika Go-Go Travel Set, $99  FLATS– Bloch Bianca Flats, $195   YOGA-MAT– Zebra Print Gaiam Yoga Mat, $30

    4.) PILLOW– Barneys New York Zebra Cushion, $165   MAXI– Parker Tie Neck Silk Georgette Maxi Dress, $268  SUNNIES-RALPH LAUREN-$250  PLATES– Diane Von Furstenberg 4 Piece Dessert Plates, $70

    5.) THROW– Giraffe at Home Throw Blanket, $198   SWIMSUIT-Tori Praver Animal Print One-Piece, $144  TOTE– See By Chloé Tieta Carry-All Tote, $175

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