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Save Steal Splurge: The Loose Pant

Let it be known that summer 2014 will go down in history as the summer of comfort, because not only are Birkenstocks now de rigeur, we’re seeing loose, flowing pants everywhere from music festivals such as Coachella and Glastonbury to street style blogs and Fashion Week runways. Loose pants, which run the gamut from cuffed and tailored track pants to flowing, draped palazzo pants (and everything between), are perfect for boho babes and more tailored looks alike. Pair a pair of loose pants with a sleek and clean bodysuit for a laid-back look or with a simple tank and blazer if you want a great desk-to-dinner ensemble.

Save: Topshop Scribble Scratch Print Jersey Tapered Trousers ($56)

Steal: Ark & Co.

Snake Print Pant ($89)

Splurge: Joseph PJ Wide Leg Pant ($197.50)

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Monday Muse: Rachel Zoe Stays the Course for Spring 2016

Rachel Zoe Spring 2016

L.A. fashion leans heavily on a few motifs. The beach, yes €” it’s there, isn’t it? Music festivals, sure. If the whole world is focused on the Coachella Valley, it’s for good reason. And bohemia. Everyone who comes to L.A. has a dream, right? We’ve got as many gypsies and transplants here as we do locals, and sometimes, it’s tough to tell the two crowds apart when everyone is decked out in macram©, tassels and eyelet lace. One designer that has boho glam in her DNA is Rachel Zoe, the multi-hyphenate mom of two (designer, host, media mogul). Her eponymous label’s latest collection was a love letter to her own personal style as much as L.A.’s, so while there was no reinvention or high fashion on those models’ stilettos, there was plenty we’d be glad to add to our closets.

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Rachel Zoe Spring 2016

For spring, fans of Zoe’s past collections will have plenty to covet. Maxis, tunics and peasant blouses were all present and accounted for, though we’re not sure they made an impact on the red carpet. The fantasia of Los Angeles and the Laurel Canyon ladies is what Zoe was aiming for, but those basics diluted the message instead of making it more dynamic. The standout pieces, which included a lace long-sleeved gown and a few brightly patterned frocks and tops, might draw a new audience to her brand, especially those who dismissed it at first.

Zoe’s leaning more luxe these days, which might be due to her new partners. She’s still firmly in the world of contemporary, but to stand out, she’ll need to focus more on really special pieces, not the basics that shoppers can grab at Zara and its brethren.

What sort of pieces? Flat sandals looked chic when paired with a louche wrap blazer. Culottes are still going strong, and Zoe’s take on them €” in an airy linen €” are a welcome change to the norm and easy enough for the culotte-averse to try. Bianca Jagger-inspired suede jackets were the standout of the entire collection and would look equally at home on top of a maxi as with a jumpsuit or cut-offs. Fringe was also a recurring theme, even as the ’70s are beginning to wane on runways elsewhere. Zoe’s heart will always be in that decade, however, so we don’t expect to see the fringe, tassels and beading to leave her line anytime soon.

Rachel Zoe Spring 2016

RELATED: Monday Muse: Rachel Zoe Goes Back to Her Roots for Resort

One welcome addition to the lineup? Pajamas. No, not actual loungewear, but easy, slouchy pieces that looked cozy and chic all at once. In the land that birthed the Juicy tracksuit, the caftan-and-leggings and street-savvy sweatpant, the pajamas-as-ready-to-wear looks were a convincing alternative to Lulus and Loubs. We think Hollywood’s PYT set would be wise to skip the bandage dresses and up-to-there slits once in a while and try something a little more relaxed. With Zoe’s Midas touch, it might just be the thing to spice up the next red carpet.

For more information, visit www.rachelzoe.com.

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Rachel Zoe’s DreamDry Teams with Jonathan Adler

DreamDry’s candle collaboration with Jonathan Adler

Rachel Zoe is getting one step closer to becoming a bona fide lifestyle brand. DreamDry, Zoe’s blow-dry only salon established in partnership with Robin Moraetes, is teaming with home design guru and master potter Jonathan Adler for an exclusive candle that will be available at all three DreamDry locations.

Rachel Zoe

The candle, which is priced at $42, blends together notes of pink grapefruit, sparkling champagne, raspberry, French cassis, violet leaves, rose petals, crushed sage, crisp mint and grape leaf and is housed in a signature Jonathan Adler vessel done up in a chic reflective finish. 

New York’s locations and the Chicago salon will all be receiving the candles next week, though there is no word on whether or not the candle would enter wider distribution after its initial launch.

For more information, visit www.dreamdry.com.

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Tray Chic: Our Favorite Trays and Catchalls

When you arrive back at home, usually the first thing you want to do is toss your keys and sunglasses down. But the problem arises when you’re on your way out again: where did you set down your keys? Are your sunglasses in your bag or on your head? Get organized with one of these catchall trays. Use them wherever you need a little bit of rounding up. We love one by the front door, one on a nightstand for jewelry and even one in the bathroom for your watch and rings when you wash your hands. You can’t have too many — so go ahead grab a few to spread around your abode.

Clockwise from top left:

Rosanna Porcelain Typography Tray ($10), Fringe Small Luck Banner Tray ($15), West Elm Flora and Fauna Tray ($19), Pottery Barn San Francisco Tray ($14.99), Anna Sui Makeup Tray ($28), John Derian Small Round Tray ($48), West Elm Flora and Fauna Tray ($19), Pottery Barn Antique Silver Display Tray ($39)