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New York Fashion Week: Rachel Zoe

September 21, 2011 |  4:35 pm

I have been delinquent in writing about Rachel Zoe's spring 2012 collection, shown in New York last week, which was a strong second outing for the stylist turned reality-show star turned designer.

Zoe continued to impress with a range of wearable styles. There were boho and high glam pieces, including print maxi dresses, sequin cardigans and mini-dresses. But there were also great-looking tailored pieces, including a cream silk blouse tucked into caramel leather shorts, a ruby silk tie-front blouse and matching slouchy pants, and a rust-colored pantsuit with cropped, flared trousers.  Zoe's accessories are more refined than the ones for fall, including a pair of Celine-like flat sandals with a wide leather ankle cuff.

But my favorite piece had to be the ivory and gold jacquard gown (above, second from left), with ruffles at the shoulders. It reminds me of the Adrian-designed dress famously worn by Joan Crawford in the 1932 film "Letty Lynton." That dress was one of the most copied movie star costumes of all time, with Macy's alone selling 50,000 pieces. And now, nearly 80 years later, it's reverberating again. Talk about holding a mirror up to a mirror up to a mirror.

The collection looked pretty terrific for the price (most pieces are less than $750), and according to Bloomingdales Fashion Director Stephanie Solomon, the line is already selling well in its first season. More than 2,000 people stood in line to get Zoe's autograph on Fashion's Night Out at the 59th Street store, she said. "And they bought things."


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Top photo: Rachel Zoe poses in front of her spring 2012 fashion line during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York on Sept. 12. Credit: Associated Press /Charles Sykes

 Bottom photos: Looks from Rachel Zoe spring 2012 presentation. Dario Cantatore/Getty Images