By SAMANTHA CRITCHELL, Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Rachel Zoe has that old-school, rock-star girlfriend thing down — and, as she showed Saturday at New York Fashion Week, she does it well.
Zoe, best known as a celebrity stylist, seems to realize she doesn't need to reinvent the wheel to gain traction as a fashion designer: Why not flaunt the signature look that has made you famous?
The runway at the Empire Hotel was a parade of faux fur coats, skinny-style tuxedos, maxi dresses and thigh-high boots that you imagine young jet-setters wearing as they shuttle from London to Los Angeles — perhaps with a pit stop in New York. They're outfits for the type of woman who can pull off gaucho pants, which were indeed part of the lineup.
There was a mashup of rich textures, including velvet, sequins, leather and tweeds. It was that mix that made the jewel-tone bow blouses under menswear style jackets feel modern.
She said in her notes that she drew inspiration "from the rock and roll glamour of London in the late '60s and such fashion icons as Marianne Faithfull and Mick Jagger."
Asked by reporters whom she had in mind to wear the clothes, Zoe said: "They're for everybody. There's no age cap. You're never too young, you're never too old. It's just for a girl or woman that loves fashion, that kind of is not trendy, but she's on trend, a woman that wants to enjoy life."
Zoe, who has a line sold through QVC, added that she wants to "design incredibly beautiful clothes that people can buy and people can wear and they can collect, that's at a reasonable price point." The QVC clothing and accessories are mostly priced between $50 and $200.
AP radio correspondent Julie Walker contributed to this report.
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