May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New York: Rachel Zoe drew inspiration from an equestrian lifestyle with a nod to the rock’n roll London underground of the 1970s. Zoe presented tailored shapes ranging from three-piece suits, leather-detailed dress shirts, Jodhpur pants, tuxedo jumpsuits and shift dresses styled with menswear-inspired brogues or knee-high riding boots. Wool trousers had an early 70s vibe with a subtle bell-shaped that elongated the leg. “I was very inspired by England and the music scene of the 70s,” Rachel told us post show. The designer incorporated romantic boho-chic elements with printed paisley tunics, short flouncy skirts and floating maxi dresses and intricate Baroque detailing. The color palette included rich tones of caramel, chocolate and loden green infused with pops of mulberry and cobalt. “Fabrics this season are all about surface and texture,” said Rachel, which was reflected in her choice of printed glen-check babycord, double gabardine, brushed canvas, tweed and an abundance of leather. The leather pieces — tees, slouchy pants, skinny Jodhpurs and Mod miniskirts — were supple and luxurious. Silk blouses with wide sleeves and high necks were styled under checked tweed capes and mini-ruffle skirts, while long boho cardigans got a luxe touch with sequins and sparkle. Standout pieces were long-haired furs mixed with leather paneling, “Aren’t they lovely?” said Rachel. —Celia Ingesson
Silhouette: Tailored / Lean / Flared / 70s / Floor-length / Mod-mini / Cocoon
Color: Caramel / Chocolate / Loden green / Mulberry / Cobalt / Ivory / Grey / Black
Key Items: Long-haired fur and leather fur coat / Leather tee / Bell-shaped 70s-inspired trousers / Floor-length cotton canvas skirt / Tweed cape / Silk tunic
Materials: Double-faced wool gabardine/ Double-faced cotton twill / Leather / Suede / Mohair / Crepe jersey / Crepe de chine silk / Fox fur
Print + Pattern: Paisley / Small blurred flowers
Details + Trim: Leather trim / Military uniform buttons / Curly Mongolian fur collar / Sequins
Accessories + Footwear: Knee-high riding boots / Brogues / Pony hair motorcycle boots / Caramel leather carry-all bags / Clutches
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