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

Rachel Zoe Resort 2016

After taking a break from the New York Fashion Week schedule, L.A.’s own Rachel Zoe showed a resort collection that seemed like a fresh take on her signatures. It wasn’t until reporters dug a little deeper that she revealed why. Her clothing line’s found a new home (she parted ways with her first licensing partner) and she’s appointed a new head designer. So it was back to basics €” though in the glam-to-the-end world of Rachel Zoe, basics are anything but €” and the luxe, ’70s tinged pieces that the designer/stylist/personality built her brand on.

€œIt€™s literally new everything,€ Zoe told WWD. €œA lot of my mentors in this business have said there€™s always growing pains and ups and downs. Because being a stylist for 100 years doesn€™t mean that I knew this side of the world. I was on the other side and kind of knew it, but as they say, you don€™t know until you know.€

Rachel Zoe Resort 2016

After seasons of Studio 54 dresses, Bianca Jagger references and fur vests, it seemed like Zoe had taken us to the club a few too many times.

But with new vision and a new collection, we happily returned to the ’70s because this time around, Zoe was giving it all to us through a bit of a boho lens. There were knits and bold, bright florals on maxi dresses and tunics along with tailored flares and silk blouses in deep, saturated hues that recalled both the decadence of the nightlife and the Brady kitchen. Avocado, eggplant and marigold seemed fresh after seasons of monochromatic or black and white dressing. There was also plenty of sheen, seen on long-sleeved gowns and flapper-fringed cocktail frocks.

 

Favorites such as those fur vests and bow blouses were a little more special thanks to playful details such as a bell sleeve or an ombr© finish, giving even the most die-hard Zoe fans something new to lust after.

Zoe admitted that in order to bring more personality to the line (through luxe fabrics and more sophisticated finishes), the prices had to jump up just a bit, putting her in the ranks of advanced contemporary along with labels such as Cushnie et Ochs, Ohne Titel and Marissa Webb. It’s good company, considering Zoe is the first to admit that she’s still new to the world of design.

€œWe still have great partners and investors and wonderful people, but now we€™re in charge of our own destiny.€

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Save Steal Splurge: the Flatform

The ’90s and early Oughts were a minefield of fashion choices. Babydolls. Body glitter. Raver pants and the shoe that went with them all: flatforms. They’re back, whether you want to believe it or not, because while some designers have been pushing the platform sandal no matter what the trends say (cough cough, Prada), more labels are giving girls the option to stand high without teetering on a heel. Whether you were obsessed with the Spice Girls in their heyday or only know Posh from her fashion line and seemingly perfect marriage, the flatform shoe is back: fresh, fierce and utterly fabulous.

Save: Teva Universal Sandal ($49.50)

Steal: Dr.

Martens Clarissa Sandal ($119.95)

Splurge: Ash Sue Platform Sandal ($249.95)

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Our Favorite Lace Sweaters Under $100 Perfect for Pre-Fall Layering

Summer has seen its fair share of light jackets, whisper thin sweaters and cool denim jackets, but now that fall is about to arrive on the actual calendar and not the retail calendar, it’s time to start thinking about just how you’re going to stay warm during those cool summer nights without breaking a sweat. One of the season’s most beloved pieces, the sweatshirt, is getting a makeover for fall.

Instead of spring’s sporty cotton versions that look borrowed from your boyfriend, try an all-out feminine lace sweatshirt. The combination of the sporty shape and ultra-flirty lace will turn heads whether you choose to pair it with your go-to tanks and layering t-shirts or you decide to dress them up with a silky cami and pencil skirt. It’s a bold and fun way to update your look, and with our picks that ring in at under $100, you’ll be flying into fall with plenty of cash to spare for some real wardrobe splurges.