Rachel Zoe Spring 2014 Collection

Posted on September 13, 2013

Rachel decided to take the “modern jet set girl” on a safari with this collection; offering up a series of looks ready for travel. There’s a lot of slouchiness in that typical Zoe style, but the collection really comes together – and expands beyond Rachel’s own personal look – when it gives us tailored classic sportswear pieces. We especially love the jackets and coats, and that little sleeveless belted safari dress is to die for. When she’s operating in that breezy simple chic sphere, she nails it every time.






[Photo Credit: IMAXtree]

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  • oatmealpie

    Based on this and the Michael Kors show, expect to see a lot of pussy neck bows in the coming months.

    • sagecreek

      I haz a sad about that.

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    • formerlyAnon

      Notice they don’t actually *tie them* on the runway, just let them swirl dashingly as the model strides along? I feel like it’s a stealth campaign to get women to buy them again and then BAM! they’ll be showing them tied in those godawful droopy bows and we’ll all be fucking trapped.

      [Not that I really hated those bows or anything like that. But I still do.]

      • 3boysful

        I dislike them partly because when I was a baby lawyer, we wore bow ties that were the feminine equivalent of a man’s tie. I am recovered, but even now, with a longer one that may look cute in theory, they constantly come untied, they get caught in things, etc.

        • RedRaven617

          All I can think of is my grandmother who insisted on wearing a “specific” type of neck bow on her blouses. My aunt used to go crazy shopping for her.

  • I always think her stuff looks fun, and I get exactly who you want to be when you’re wearing her. In fact, if I were to ever desire to be an ultra thin woman, it would be so that I could rock these slouchy, relaxed, yet chic kind of outfits.

  • Adrianna Grężak

    Rachel Zoe always looks chic in her dark washed jeans – I’m a bit shocked she designed (or ok’d, rather) those denim looks. Another problem with this collection is that she’s already shown almost duplicate variations of looks, such as the black sequin dress

    • Alloy Jane

      Agree about the denim. “Boyfriend” jeans need to die a painful death.

      • Adrianna Grężak

        I don’t entirely mind the boyfriend cut, I just think she chose the worst washes

      • marlie

        And the boyfriend jeans aren’t even the biggest offenders. It’s those wide-legged, high-waisted trousers that are the real monstrosities.

    • Nancy Karpen

      Those full cut jeans look just like the jeans I wore in college, back in 1968-72.

    • Linda LaPaz

      Hate all the denim, but particularly the “jorts”.

  • Trickytrisha

    Hey, not bad, Rachel – although I despise those baggy, floppy, too long (of course) jeans. Minus ten points for the near obligatory visible nipples.

  • MilaXX

    Not bad, I dislike the 3rd look and all those denim pieces, but overall a solid collection.

    • I envisioned the third look as a sparkly pajama set, but maybe too itchy to sleep in it.

    • decormaven

      Yes, the denim pieces are my least favorite as well. Please don’t bring back denim dresses.

    • Imasewsure

      so funny…the 3rd look was my absolute favorite… glittery crop tops and pajama pants are my thing apparently!!

  • madscntst

    Nice collection – however, not a big fan of the shiny pieces in the beginning.

  • KingCrazy

    Oooh, there are some great pieces in there that I would want…if I was a woman. *sigh*

  • Pennymac

    Effortless chic.

  • flamingoNW

    Not my fave of her collections

  • hughman

    Here’s a fun game : guess how much those denim shorts will cost? I’ll start the bidding at $200.

    • Those shorts that could be recreated with Men’s work jeans find at Goodwill? $325

    • madscntst

      How much did hughman bid? And Annabelle? Hmm, I’ll bid $1.

  • Sara Padilla

    Of course if you attempted actual jetsetting in a satin suit, you would land looking like a crumpled mess.

  • RoseJB

    I love the hair and makeup. These girls look gorge.
    Why is it that, whenever I go for the “messy” look, I just look frazzled and unkempt?

    • jjtxgrrl

      Right? Its only when I DONT try to make my messy-hair-pulled up- look…that it comes out great. It seems impossible to contrive.

      Right before bed my hair usually looks the best of the day. Not helping.

  • demidaemon

    The world is ending! Rachel Zoe has clothes where fabric actually comes into contact with your skin. And they are mostly cute, to boot!

  • JDreesen

    i DIE.

    • jjtxgrrl

      lol. Its bananas.

      • CKMia

        Babe. BABE.

        • Vickiefantastico

          I wonder if Sky Sky approves.

  • NoveltyRocker

    Love the single blingy top button on all the collared shirts and they seem to be proportioned in a way that kind of relaxes a buttoned to the neck look. I’d spend some decent money on a well-made staple like that. I hope they end up in stores, or QVC maybe?

  • carolie_king

    Love almost all of it – can do without the nurse dress, zebra pants, and any of that mint shade or denimosity.

  • I love the black/white/gold giraffe(?) coat! No way I could afford it though. 🙁

  • E. D.

    This is at least 80% FUG.

  • I find the first few loos problematic but then it really kicks into high gear. Love the more tailored pieces.

  • Jacquelyn

    Mostly fine. Though I am a bit…perplexed is what I’m going to use…with the amount of denim.

  • SugarSnap108

    Every piece of denim is appalling, and the glorified hospital gown and scrubs in the middle are odd. But I like a lot of this — And yes, love the belted safari dress.

  • formerlyAnon

    I am not keen on the safari, am too scarred to ever like denim dresses again and am too old and never was sufficiently tall and thin at my thinnest for much of this.

    When I was 20-something I’d have worn the shiny green pants suit shown with the rolled up legs (gah!), I no longer can do that much sheen. But I like a lot of the white, especially the midriff baring jacket that’s approximately photo #21 from the top, and the pieces edged with bands of gold brads (?). And most of the jackets and the coat dress.

  • This particular collection doesn’t really do anything for me, but it is nice to see her expand beyond her own personal look.

  • Akmall Razlan

    this collection does scream Rachel Zoe clearly. Yup, I could see her in every piece of the collection. I am not wow at anything because somehow, I have seen this collection, like last year, from her line too, its like the continue what she has made but all and all, it a very good efforts. I could see her girls in these outfits. its modern, chic and Rachel Zoe. What else we want, right?

  • Alloy Jane

    She really needs to market that mint green dress to Cedar’s Sinai. There’s an absence of hospital gowns in that flattering mini length. I mean, if you’re gonna show ass you may as well show a bit of thigh while you’re at it.

  • Cheddar

    New to the commentariat, may I join you BK’s?
    There are some nice things here, but I keep getting distracted by the scary thin-ness of some of the the model’s legs! I know most of them look like that, not just the one’s on this runway…but sometimes they look more like the exaggerated fashion drawings than not. Not trying to criticize other’s bodies, but I can’t help but stare sometimes, it doesn’t seem like there’s enough on their legs to hold them up while they’re walking!

    • Welcome! But comments on the bodies wearing the clothes aren’t really acceptable here.

  • BKagainwiththesweatpants

    Leather shorts are a NO in any universe, but then again, she’s on my irrational hate list, so there’s that.

  • Donna Tabor

    Call it a sleeveless safari dress if you want, but it looks more like a sleeveless raincoat to me.

    Some very pretty pieces here.

  • CKMia

    I liked almost every look. Having said that, it is still clearly from the POV of a stylist, not a designer. They read like well-put-together looks of clothes by Michael Kors, DVF, Ralph Lauren, etc. She’s yet to develop a signature look as a designer.

  • YoungSally

    The leather in the brown leather ensemble has an unfortunate 70s texture to it….like something Mike Brady would wear….or Mod Ken.

    • omg_dora

      Everything she sells has an unfortunate 70s texture to it.

  • Lilak

    Shrug. Scrolling through these photos, I feel like I’ve just perused the racks at a higher end department store … in some previous year.

  • spooki C

    Glittery pajamas, hospital gown, baggy mom jeans, naughty nurse dress and the most ill fitting suit set I have ever seen.

    • madscntst

      Damn, now that you’ve said naughty nurse, I can’t un-see it.

    • disqus_LQmjCZP25F

      All done with panache, however, and lookin’ great in my opinion. Her show was so much better than many others and it may be that her designs were done with an eye to them actually being worn which you cannot say for most of the others. Nothing to be ashamed of here; in fact, I’d be rather proud of this collection if I were she.

  • I think the clothes would look better with tighter, neater hair. Some of these clothes are too baggy for anyone to wear. Some of them are beautiful. I like the white jacket that is paired with shorts. It has a big opened collar.

    I wonder who designs Rachel’s designs. She’s a talented stylist, and she’s very hands-on with most things–from what know (which isn’t all that much). She loves clothes. She loves fashion. She loves designers.

    How much do you need to do to be called a designer? I saw one of the Real Housewives shows where one of the women had a clothing line. She was trying to launch her line, and nothing was ready on time. She’d been waiting for the finished clothes to be delivered. When they arrived, they were a MESS. She called in an expert who asked her if she’d done the drawings. She said no. He asked her if she’d sewn anything. She said no. Did she select the fabric? She said she’d agreed to have the fabric look similar to this or that.

    He told her she needed to be involved with every step. This was “She by Sheree” on RHOA.

    I saw Nicole Ritchie working with Joe Zee on his show; she was getting ready for QVC or HSN. Joe and Nicole decided that one of the looks needed a t-shirt, so the HSN lady came up with a super cute t-shirt. But this was still “Nicole’s line.” Nicole has beautiful taste. So does Rachel Zoe.

    Sorry this is so wordy. I’m trying to cut back. When can you call yourself a designer?

    • birkatbaby

      As a designer myself who has worked for major designers, they themselves generally get to the point of distant involvement and generally just approve themes, design direction and then work on the collection with the team in the week or so before the show. The problem is that all these celebrity lines are trying to skip ahead to that point since they don’t have the skill or knowledge to build a line themselves. I’m not denying Rachel Zoe’s talent and fashion knowledge, and while she never went to design school and as far as I know can’t draw, she had a different education which was learning on the job. I don’t doubt that she knows as much about fashion and garment construction as anyone who has the same design degree that I have. So I don’t have as much of a problem with her line as with celebrity lines. I think she just needs time to cultivate her unique aesthetic and approach.

      • Thank you for your input about Rachel’s design capabilities. She definitely knows a lot about clothes and what looks good. Actually, Project Runway has had designers with little sewing experience that still find a way to produce. As far as legendary designers go, it’s understandable that they find qualified people to work for them. I appreciate your professional opinion.

        • birkatbaby

          Well to be honest, as much as I enjoy Project Runway, you don’t really need to know how to sew to be a designer. I would never get onto that show, and if I did I would be that one that “barely knows how to sew.” I mean obviously I know how to sew, but it’s not my strongest quality as a designer and I do just fine. In the actual industry, you mainly need to know the idea of how to sew than to actually sew. You’ve got patternmakers and a team to sew samples for you, as long as you can speak the language of garment construction and you really understand what the fabric will do.

  • JDAR

    Love the coats and jackets, hate the rest.

  • Jumpingjacks

    I would hardly call this a collection… a parade of sellable well styled clothing sure, but the lack of cohesion is just laughable, you can recognize the safari theme in maybe 5 or 6 looks but after that it looks like a random assortment of clothes that may or may not have anything to do with another look.

  • omg_dora

    Well, no surprises here: I don’t like anything she does and I don’t like this. I’m hardly an expert but I can’t help feeling like she’s a hack — her fabric choices are always so bad, the proportions are so off, and every attempt to make an original feature turns out so awkward. Maybe it’s because I think of her as a celeb first, but I can’t manage to give her the benefit of the doubt (maybe she knows what she’s doing and I just don’t get it) that I give other designers.

    • omg_dora

      Those blue jean separates and dress are ugly in every way.

  • alyce1213

    Gahd I dislike denim ensembles. And pussy bows, artificially worn/torn jeans, and pleather-looking jackets with too many patch pockets.
    There’s some nice stuff, but overall a big meh. I don’t die.

  • Lilithcat

    What’s she charging for those jeans she pulled out of the dumpster?

  • Cheddar

    Came back to edit my post earlier, and saw it was deleted, and rightfully so. Sorry to anyone who might have seen it and taken offense, that was not my intention. I really need to be better at editing myself, and in this case it was done for me. Just wanted to apologize for sticking my foot in my mouth.
    I came to this site by way of Mad Men earlier in the year and was so impressed by the writing, critiques, and community here, I’ve just kept coming back. I hope you’ll forgive me!
    About the collection, I do like some of these outfits quite a bit, like the white ones with the gold studs, and the white maxi shirtdress. But the one that really got me was the gold top and lounge pants. I could totally see Miss Blanche Devereaux rockin’ that out on the lanai!

  • twilightgirlportland.com

    Always love her look. Denims are really casual cool.

  • CatherineRhodes

    LOVE. Her style is RTW but with a super stylish edge. Remember when she was “just” a celebrity stylist and reality TV diva? She was born to be a designer.

  • frannyprof

    This is the first RZ I actually like.

  • Constant Reader

    Why do I feel like this collection references Project Runway contestants’ work from days of yore? I took one look at the first pic and thought “Oh God, Angela Keslar.” Which of course, just made me sad. Then I saw more Angela, Mychael Knight, April Johnston…

    Then again, I spent the day cleaning out a basement, so my judgment may be off.

  • Christin Pardy-Nosenchuk

    you wonder why all the hair on the red carpet looks like smacked ass? behold the shitty slept in braid.

  • mhleta

    There’s an ease to these pieces that is really appealing. A few missteps, but overall I’m impressed.

  • lalahartma

    Some weird time warp here.

  • oohsparkley!

    About halfway through, or whenever that short jean dress showed up, I noticed in the back shot of that dress that it looked like a dead animal on her head or a ratty coonskin hat. Then I got totally distracted by the messy braids from the back. The clothes are what I would have expected and very cool.

  • marlie

    This is an improvement for her. Not *everything* is lounge-wear this time. I really like the gowns and her more structured pieces (the jackets). But those high-waisted, wide-legged denim trousers will NEVER be ok.