It was just last August when I discovered who my fashion icon was.
I was bored on the flight home from Florida to Toronto, and came across a marathon of The Rachel Zoe Project on TV. Before that day, I had never heard of Rachel Zoe. By the time the plane landed, I became enamored with all things Rachel Zoe – her style, Zoe-isms, family and brand – and could not wait to go home and watch every season of the show.
Before Rachel Zoe, I never really had a true fashion icon. I had always admired Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn – but their style did not inspire me to the extent that Rachel’s has.
For those of you who do not know, Rachel Zoe is a celebrity stylist for A-list celebrities like Demi Moore and Anne Hathaway. She is the founder of The Zoe Report – an online fashion and beauty newsletter for the thousands of fans who can’t get enough of her. Just last year, she launched her self-titled clothing label which can be purchased in high-end department stores like Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman.
But most importantly, Rachel Zoe has wicked style!
Here is what she has taught me so far:
More is More.
Unlike Coco Chanel, who said things like “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory” and “Less is always more”, Rachel Zoe says “More is more.”
Rachel is all about chunky accessories - statement necklaces, cocktail rings, and arm parties. Thanks to her, I have a ridiculous amount of jewellery (she wouldn’t think so) and continue to build my collection.
Before watching The Rachel Zoe Project, I hated fur. It’s amazing how quickly that changed. Rachel Zoe knows how to rock the most over-the-top fur garments. She inspired me to purchase a ‘beginner’ fur collar this past winter. A few days later, I had the confidence to purchase my first fur vest. Fur is practically her trademark – their is no shortage of fabulous fur pieces in her FW2012 collection.
It’s possible to be pregnant in heels.
Rachel Zoe is proof that pregnancy is no excuse to leave fashion out of your wardrobe, and that includes heels. While pregnant, she was always spotted wearing 6 inch heels – even in her last weeks of pregnancy. Practical? No. Admirable? Definitely!
Vintage Chanel is everything.
Rachel has the most lust-worthy collection of vintage Chanel. In almost every episode of The Rachel Zoe Project, you’ll see her going on dreamy shopping sprees at vintage stores, picking out the most spectacular Chanel evening gowns, jewellery, and bags. She justifies it by saying Chanel is an investment, and she’s creating her own atelier.
I had to write this post because I am going through RZ withdrawal – I miss having my weekly dose of style inspiration! I am hoping, for my sanity, that she records a new season of the show soon.
Has Rachel Zoe inspired your style?