Rachel Zoe presented her Spring 2012 Collection on day 5 of NYFW. A line to see the celebrity stylist turn designer’s spring collection wrapped through a lobby and down a hall way to 39th St. where photographers waited to catch a pic of Joe Zee, Fern Mallis, and every stylish editor from magazines like W and Elle. I had 2 shows at 4pm and had to choose between Rachel and Vlov knowing that Rachel Zoe would definitely be the one to miss. En-route to Zoe, my blackberry was streaming with tweets, with the who’s who of fashion making appearances at the Zoe show. Once I arrived at the presentation to see the collection, this is what I found.
I walked along the 3 walls of models, the long side of daywear where I found a mix of prints, a white shorts suit, black blazers topping off multiple looks, some animal prints, mixed with abstract colorful prints and a pair of cognac leather shorts. Once I turned the corner I found a row of white day dresses styled with more blazers and matlasse gowns, a one shoulder white structured mini and an off the shoulder printed maxi. I was searching to find a constant that would provide me with some kind of inspiration but couldn’t seem to. The looks were obviously styled by Mrs. Zoe and she was able to pull something together by mixing and matching but as stand alone pieces they fell very short. This collection lacked vision and the looks were not strong enough to stand on their own with out the personality of an uber stylist behind them.