Oct 05, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New York: This season Rachel Zoe flirted with the androgynous cool of Jane Birkin combined with the Gypset glamour of late 60s icon, heiress Talitha Getty. Sharp menswear tailoring informed hip-hugging bootcut pants or “city” shorts, both styled with feminine silk blouses for an edgy yet sexy look. Silk kaftans, georgette maxidresses and soft layered knits were topped off with all sorts of hats. “I just love hats; I’m a mum now and it’s my quick fix for a bad hair day,” said Rachel. The sea, a key inspiration this season, was felt in azure blues against sandy hues, particularly nice for a group of multi-striped silk georgette items in sun-bleached shades, worked against tangerine-toned leathers. But it was the easy silhouettes (like floor-length skirts and slouchy tops) covered in luminous see-through sequins that created a “straight from the beach to the red carpet” moment, underlining the effortless, wearable chic of this collection. — Celia Ingesson
Silhouette: Maxi / Mini / Sharp tailoring / Long and languid
Color: Salmon / Tangerine/ Sun yellow / Sandy beige / Azure blue / Powdery skin pink / White
Key Items: Silk kaftans / Maxi dresses / Floor-length bias-cut skirts / Long-sleeved “Bohemian” blouses / Tailored suits / Palazzo wide pants
Materials: Silk crepe de chine / Silk georgette / High twist cotton / Double weave cotton / Leather / Silk burn out
Print + Pattern: Multi stripes / Animal print / Color blocking / Tribal motfs / Satin stipe
Details + Trim: Sequins / Patch pockets / Contrast inserts / Fabric blocking
Accessories + Footwear: Gold “rope” necklaces / 70s floppy hats / Straw trilby / Visor hats / Snakeskin wide-waisted belts / Fanny bags / Structured carryall in patent leather / Big soft leather handbags with detachable strap in nude pinks, neutrals or brights / Messenger bag / Knee-high boots / Ankle boots / Platform sandals
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