Rachel Zoe Spring 2012 Lookbook

Posted on March 29, 2012

Why darlings, look what just landed on our desks. It’s the Rachel Zoe Spring 2012 Lookbook. And how about that. It’s styled to perfection. Who could have predicted?

Inspired by Brigitte Bardot shimmying her way through the South of France in the late ’60s and early ’70s, the looks have a breezy, sexy/glam feel that’s right up the Zoe’s alley. And as befits her stylist background, she wisely offered a smart collection of separates, day options, and great accessories.


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Cute, right? And yes, it all looks like youthful versions of stuff in Rachel’s closet. Save your pennies and head on over to Bloomingdale’s or Shopbop, ladies! And don’t forget to bring a mouthy gay with you. He’ll hold your purse and yell at anyone who tries to take your dressing room. Plus he’ll tell you the truth about your ass.

[Photo Credit: thezoereport.com]

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    • sherrietee

      I will happily take every single jacket in these pictures.  I wish I had the height to get away with the capri suits. 

      • Jecca2244


      • Me too… they would look like regular pantsuits on me XD

      • Adore the jackets!

      • aimee_parrott

        Heh… I had the same thought about the capri suits.  They’re beautiful, but I’m way too short for them. 

    • I’m impressed. LOVED the Fall runway show, too. 

    • halleygee

      I can’t tell you how much I hate those denim shorts.

      • fireontiger

        I was thinking the exact same thing. They look… horrible. But the rest of it is so cute!

      • MissAnnieRN

        Jorts.  They need to be banned.  ESPECIALLY for men.  I’m OK with a pair of vintage jeans turned into cut offs for women, but no – those are awful.

      • oohsparkley!

        I was having trouble imagining Rachel in denim shorts.  Not that she can’t design something she wouldn’t wear.  It just seemed an extremely odd piece to find in her collection.

    • mjude

      i have to give her credit.  she really has another nice collection.

      • It’s obvious that she designs clothes that are meant to be worn by real women. These are stylish but will still look great next year.

        Love that rusty leather jacket with the longer tail. But are the pants with that droopy sweater pushed up like sleeves?

    • mountainFashionista

      The sandals, ankle-cropped suits, animal-print sequined halter dress, jackets: yes.  Everything else: blech!

    • The 10th look down… that gown is so gorgeous. Makes me want to be a movie star just to have somewhere to wear it.

    • LesYeuxHiboux

      Love the yellow and black maxi and the shawl-color shirtdress maxi thing. Are these pictures or paintings? They have a weird quality.

    • KathKo

      It never fails to amaze me, the way the gorgeous sixties’ version of Brigitte Bardot still remains a fashion icon and a real and solid inspiration for designers.
      I mean, I can’t reconcile those breezy and charming outfits with what Bardot is now : the old and embarassing grand aunt we all have in our families and aggravates us on family dinner with racist and hyper nationalist statements (well… OK, no, not really, because our grand aunt never managed to be a sexy icon back in the days, but you get the point) 

      • bluefish

        I know — it’s so so sad to see and hear what Bardot has become.  She was so beautiful, sexy, and influential.  Really weird what happened to her over the years.   When she came to Rio and environs in the 60s, the whole city just went nuts with happiness and any beach she frequented with her entourage became the instant, new in-spot.  That hair and those lips — sensational.

        • KathKo

          And all that attitude !
          She would arrive anywhere and would command attention instantly.
          In one of her biography, the author compared her to Marylin, stating she was the french equivalent and I feel it’s quite true, even if their story, behavior and persona were quite different, both became monsters of fame and lose control of their lives.
          I mean, Bardot had to stay secluded in her appartement when she was pregnant because the press didn’t even let her get out. How terrible !

    • PastryGoddess

      It’s a good thing I’m going to win the Mega Millions Jackpot tomorrow.  I’ll need it to buy all of these looks for my closet

      • michelle shields

        great idea although i might have to spend 20 grand for lipsuction and a boob job (and a pair of stilts)

    • I really like this, especially the white jacket.

    • Terence Ng

      They’re nice, but none of it is flooring me like her previous collection. Still, nice.

      Did you boys just get that “Click here for more looks” feature? Because I like it. 😀

    • I think I need me a mouthy gay…. (sad sigh). However, this line is totally cute! It is so Zoe, too, I die! :]

    • The shapes and proportions are great. Love the accessory pieces, the maxis and the tops, (with the exception of the ones with the ruffles on the sleeve heads). The prints, however, are so ferociously of the moment, that they will look dated before you can finish paying them of on your Visa bill.

    • I just can’t with the shorts, especially those denim ones. I hate the length. I hate the crotches. I hate the way they fit. Period. I don’t want to be the anti-shorts girl, but geez. Hand me a shorter skirt any day over terrible shorts. It’s summer. Let the good china breathe!

    • hughman

      I may be in the minority here but meh. It all looks like something we’ve seen before – perhaps what she wore on the first season of her creaky old teevee show so long ago? Back in the 60s, was it? It all has that department store aesthetic and if I didn’t know who “designed” it, I’d have no clue as to the brand. 

      To put it another way, I’m sure someone would bid at least $50,000 for it on Fashion Star. And that’s not praise. 

      • DinaSews

        I really, really want to talk about Fashion Star and would love some answers from someone! (I know that no one has answers)  They keep praising the prints like they dyed them themselves! And really?  A tank dress with contrasting pockets gets bought? Does Sax really need to purchase that from someone?  I would think they could manufacture that for a few bucks, no designer needed. 

        • tired_mommy

          I wish TLo would blog it just for the humor (maybe screen caps?)–the fact that this week’s show included LMFAO, trapeze artists, Elle styled as I Dream of Genie and bubbles blowing around Elle while she spoke was priceless! The fashion on that show is crap, but the show is a gold mine of cray cray.

          • IMNAngryLiberal

            I love this show…I get up from my computer, retrieve my 100 calorie bag of Orville Light from the microwave, sit down in my comfy chair with both of my puppies on my lap and just laugh and laugh.  And really, the fashion on this show is no crappier than 99.9% of what has been on Project Runway for the past few seasons.  Any pretension PR had of being high fashion kind of went away with the move to Lifetime.

          • The trapeze artists were the final straw for me. I’m done with that circus.

        • Sweetbetty

           I see that the McCall Pattern Company is now carrying a line of Fashion Star patterns.  I might even buy one or two of them, when they’re on sale for 99 cents.

    • DinaSews

      Wish I had the height (and width) to carry these pieces off.  (No mouthy gay needed to let me know about my fat ass, thankyouverymuch!)

    • MilaXX

      Cute the only dislike is the long sleeved white dress – too sister wife like and the pale maxi with the ruffles. Those are looks only Rachel can pull off.

    • annieanne

      Except for a couple of looks with the same fabric I see absolutely nothing cohesive about this. It looks more like random selections from a juniors shop than any kind of “collection”.

      • ballerinawithagun


    • kimmeister

      The black bag paired with the yellow print maxi is incongruously heavy.
      Love the white shorts suit, even though the model looks like an alien.
      Don’t like the ruffles on the sides – looks like a deodorant explosion.
      Hate that first jumpsuit. Covet the burgundy pantsuit.

    • understateddiva

      Sorry, gotta hate.  The ones that aren’t 70’s knock-offs look like Stella McCartney franken-outfits.

    • I like most of it.  Some of those maxi dresses are to die for.  And who int he hell decided that women look good in jumpsuits? Those are horrific. 

    • lizajane1776

      Mmm. love the white pant suit with the mustard shirt and red sandals!

    • I still can’t get behind the suit/tuxedo jacket over an evening gown.  It always looks to me like the model got cold and her date lent her his jacket.

    • 3boysful

      Even tho some of it’s cute, here in the South we no can do leather in the spring (ok, well, maybe for 2 weeks).

      Would like to own the shawl-collared maxi.

    • vanjar

       I love that white jacket on the black dress and the red version of said jacket.

    • JimMcC

      I’m usually so fond of your taste, T and Lo, but I’m going to dissent on these looks.  There are a few nice pieces, but there’s also that shiny tiger print dress which looks tacky as hell, those denim shorts which make me actually want to die, some weird haute-Amish touches, and then a gaggle of sloppy hairstyles that (to my eye) look as though they’re shrieking, “Hey LOOK! I’m RELAXED!” when they’re actually overly coiffed. But one of my biggest pet peeves has always been putting effort into looking disheveled. And while I LOVE a good pantsuit, all of these need to be banished from my memory. RZ has a very specific aesthetic, but it’s one I have just always, always hated.

    • There’s a lot of this I really like & want. It’s basic, but she really designs very well for my aesthetic and body type. Too bad the idea of being able to pay for it is so hilarious to me!

      Also, I really hate the platforms that are narrower than the footbed. It looks like the shoes don’t fit and the models’ toes are falling off the edge, and that they’ll wobble every time they try to walk.

    • DeborahLipp

      The girl in the white short-suit has a look on her face that says “This crotch is WAY too high.”

      • I want to know what is going on- she looks mighty frightened!

    • The ruffles and the jumpsuits are awful. I don’t like any of the shorts either… everything else is okay, I suppose.

    • holdmewhileimnaked

      it’s almost ridiculously referential–but thats what she does. she does it so often & so well, in fact, that in this way she makes the longterm king of borrowing, marc jacobs, look like a hack.

      otoh, the long white dresses seventh & tenth down are really gorgeous. ibid the stone silver suit at no. fourteen.

    • TheOtherChristina

      I really like most of this, although I would never wear any of it (so, so wrong for my body.) That wine-colored pantsuit with the rich blue top seems so incongruous though. Those colors are awful together and they look like they came from a different season than all the springy clothes above.

    • Funny, for me it’s the jumpsuits that are teeth-grinding.

    • What is it with Rachel Zoe that her stuff usually seems to be “We show ALL the leg or NONE of the leg.” 

      (Admittedly the capri jumpsuits don’t fit that pattern, but since I refuse to acknowledge their existence…)

      • Glammie

        Rachel Zoe’s tiny, so she avoids anything, such as a horizontal line across the legs, that makes one look shorter.  Both full-length dresses and micro minis and shorts give the appearance of longer legs–as do those ridiculous platforms she loves.

        • Ah, not just short, but tiny. If you’re short and NOT tiny, a maxi dress looks ridiculous. Like you’re wearing someone else’s clothing.

    • Whever

      Oh, I DESPERATELY want that black and white horizontal striped dress with the pockets. LOVE!

    • ccm800

      Shut your moths. Seriously, models – shut your mouths. Photogs – be aware of mouth breathers, and serve the coke after the shot. 

      • holdmewhileimnaked

        but the coke makes yr eyes look bigger via the pupil dilation! postponement will never happen.

    • kat89

      Cute but kind of 70s. I have a McCall’s pattern for the white dress in the 3rd photo down. Literally in the exact same color. In fact, if I go through my files, I probably have the patterns for most of this stuff, so nothing new or exciting here for me.

    • marilyn

      Every single model looks great.  Why is this fashion perspective only obvious to Rachel?  We need to clone her.

    • rainwood1

      Please don’t tell me the truth about my ass.  Out of sight, out of mind is my motto.

      Very cute collection.  Your description was spot on.  Rachel is a very smart retail designer these days and that’s harder than it looks.  

      • sleah_in_norcal

        i’m with you on the ass.  if it doesn’t look good, that’s everybody else’s problem, not mine.  i don’t have to look at it.  neither do they, come to think of it.

    • butter nut

      omg little house on the prairie dresses… 

    • sleah_in_norcal

      so many of her models look like willam, it makes me miss her.  it must be the open mouth catching flies pose with toes turned inward.  i know most of you guys hated him by the end, but i was smitten.  sigh…

    • allisankelly

      I am in love with the sweaters and jackets. And generally most of it. Purple jumpsuit maybe not so much. And agreed to the hate for the denim shorts, though I do like the colors together.

      Starting today I will save my pennies.

    • LuvLy01

      wow. i liked every single look.

    • amyfromnj

      I need a gay.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I can picture every look on the Zoe herself! There’s a lot that I like in her lookbook.

    • I never thought these words would exit my my mouth (or fingers, in this case), but I DEEPLY want the leather riding jacket. And a ton of other stuff, but mostly that.

    • I may never understand her appeal and acclaim. Macy’s. Some would say “classic;” I say “expected.”

    • aristida_girl

      OOooo, I love everything except the shorts…

    • Kirsten Henry


    • lots of cute stuff here. It’s refreshing.

    • i would absolutely get married in that tenth dress. beautiful collection.

    • I could see TLo doing one of those posts assigning an expected celebrity to each look… I’m a bit tired right now… nearing 4a, but my uesses would be whoever the PR All Star host is in the gold mini (and Klum wearing it better), Ashley Olsen in the frilly sleeved white/cream maxi, MK borrowing later it with one of Zoe’s own beloved shaggy vests after its gotten dirty/aged enough… Chloe Sevigny the frilly sleeved blouse with brown leather shorts, Charlize Theron in the marigold top, white jacket and cropped pant, maybe Fergie in the first hideous jumpsuit… Olivia Wilde in the off the shoulder knit top, but would she wear those pants? Maybe not, but I could see Miranda Kerr in the ensemble. what do you all think? I may be totally off. 

       This is wide the variety of looks and I can’t imagine mixing some of these separates up in different looks at all.   LOVE the Maroon/violet pantsuit!  Did I just love a pantsuit? God I ramble while Xanaxed.

    • formerlyAnon

      Most of those jackets look promising. One or two of the dresses. Shorts suits are not going to happen. The prints underwhelm. On the whole, I think these are a little flat. There’s nothing wrong with most of them, but I’m not as enthused as I’ve been about some of her other collections.

      Now that see-through, drapey chiffon(?) think she’s wearing over jeans(?, again) in the photo of Rachel? I’d love to see THAT better. Though I hope she’s not really as thin as one would have to be, to wear that well. I am optimistic photoshop plays its ubiquitous role – that’s a strangely rectilinear thigh going on, with the perfectly straight line from knee to a point rather high on the hip.

    • anyone else getting toned-down Emilio Pucci from the prints???  

    • Sophie Collier

      These are super cute.  I could see myself dressing this way (with more sensible shoes.)  Great looks and yes, styled very well.  

    • Diego!

      Simply amazing! I loved it! 😀

    • My best friend and I were talking just the other day about how we need a mouthy fashion gay.  Anyone have any suggestions?

    • Never have I been more conscious of the clothes-hanger ideal that Fashion inflicts on women. Gorgeous designs, but how are we supposed to aspire to these looks if the models make it obvious that we’ll look absurd in them? Frak’s sake, my BMI hovers around anorexic and I feel fat looking at this!

    • nice to see her pant lengths have caught up with the 21st century.

    • guest2visits

      Oh not all so cute. I despise the giant off-the-shoulder sweaters (80’s and matronly) and I thought we were finally rid of them.
      I dislike the off-the-shoulder peasant dress look, as well (first pic). And the one shoulder ruffle (2nd pic). and HATE the double-
      shoulder ruffles of pics 10 and 14. The prints are mostly unattractive. The leather shorts- unattractive. That mopey black on black
      dress and jacket; unattractive. Thats as kind as I can be. The only ‘cute’ here is the designs of pics 5, 7, maybe 9.
      Oh and just what we all need; -more uncomfortable, impractical, crotch-grabbing jumpsuits. Yay!

    • guest2visits

      Oh and Brigettte Bardot; no way.  I’m not seeing it.

    • LilyPad

      The leather bermuda shorts/ruffled sleeveless collared sheer shirt combo is atrocious. Everything else is just OK. I think she should stick to styling.

    • OneTwoThreeFashion

      Love the white and the dark red suits!!

    • suzq

      Wow….for some reason, I’m really craving the leather shorts and the bags.  Strange.  I wouldn’t normally crave those sorts of things.