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The last time Rachel Zoe was in Vancouver she was 16 years old-and she slept in a tent. But even while camping she distinctly remembers wearing ultra-high platform heels and way too many accessories.
Over two decades later, the celebrated fashion stylist and bestselling author returned to Van to launch her Fall 2012 line at Holt Renfrew. Zoe unabashedly admitted her styles are inspired by ’60s and ’70s “Mick Jagger-esque trash glam”. Yet she takes the look from rock to chic by incorporating modern and mature cuts and prints, making the designs fresh and ultimately wearable today. Spotlight-worthy pieces included printed silk maxi dresses ($495), sleek cowl-back evening gowns, and stretch-satin jumpsuits.
Even on a hot summer afternoon, the runway show was a reminder that cool, wet Vancouver weather is soon approaching. Yet the ever-optimistic L.A.-based Zoe offered a bright side: “You get to wear so many coats and boots here!” Sure enough, equestrian silhouetted jackets paired with both skinny and cleanly flared bottoms make up the more masculine side of her Fall 2012 Ready To Wear. Capes and peacoat-themed outerwear also came out to play, adding a touch of British sophistication to Zoe’s west coast hippie vibe. The highlight for us was a white 3/4 coat ($425) and matching skinny trouser ($230) with a stunning white brocade texture – a suit that any lady could rock in the boardroom or out on a date.
All images courtesy of Holt Renfrew