RACHEL ZOE AUTUMN/WINTER 2015-16 READY-TO-WEAR NEW YORK
Fall inspiration was a murky topic for Rachel Zoe (something about jet-setting, London, and that city’s attitude), but it’s of little concern. This season the designer seemed to have broken out of the same step-and-repeat of Bianca Jagger suiting and goddess gowns that have marked the bulk of her recent offerings. Sure, some of the pieces Zoe has so thoroughly mined were here (the dolly-bird dress, the kicky shorts suit), but they came diffused by styles that felt novel for her, if not novel on the whole. Take the forest green flares and matching faux-fur and leather jacket: On the heels of the Pre-Fall collections, the look felt a little derivative, as did the layered turtleneck-and-shift dress combo, but frankly it was good to see Zoe move the discussion along a bit, if only within the context of her own brand. Hell, one mink-trimmed A-line minidress felt downright sweet. Perhaps Zoe’s best effort here was rehabilitating her eveningwear offerings, swapping out the parade of black maxi dresses for pieces like a plunging jumpsuit, edged all in pearls.