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Rachel Zoe's Fall Collection Is a '30s Meets '90s Hybrid

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Rachel Zoe's fall 2016 presentation

"Those were two eras in fashion that the women were very strong, very cool, very sultry — but in a very different way."

It was about seven degrees outside of The Space at Clarkson Square where Rachel Zoe was presenting her fall 2016 collection on Sunday morning, but that didn’t stop friends and supporters — Olivia Palermo, Olivia Culpo and Zella Day, to name a few — from popping in to get a glimpse of Zoe’s latest digs.

These same women who braved the brisk chill (hats off to the L.A. natives flying in from a sunny 75 degrees) are just the type that Zoe had in mind when designing her strong-women-inspired collection.

"I drew a lot of influence from the 1930s and also the '90s," Zoe told Pret-a-Reporter backstage. "Those were two eras in fashion that the women were very strong, very cool, very sultry — but in a very different way."

Whereas the '90s have undoubtedly been having a moment in fashion, the '30s element added an unexpected and luxe touch. "You’ll see the '30s in the fabrics; there’s velvet, there’s silks, there’s kind of lounge dressing and pajama dressing. There’s also pearls, beading, embroideries — lots of fur collars, things like that."

The hybridization of the two eras played out into one cohesive collection with an on-brand color palette of maroons, blacks, whites and charcoal gray. Zoe’s favorite beachy waves — this season accented with messy braids at the crown — added laid back feel to the high-necked Victorian collars and more structured pieces, such as a three-piece supple leather suit.

Said Zoe of her dark and romantic pieces: "They’re not too fussy, [the wearer] knows she looks great, she can wear them for extended periods of time — there has to be some functionality and comfort on some level to it."

Following the presentation, the stylist-turned-designer headed off to Diane von Furstenberg's and Altuzarra’s shows (taking a coat straight off the runway for her spin around town), and also noted that she’ll be looking forward to tonight’s Grammys red carpet.

"I would imagine we’ll see Jennifer Lopez — I hope, I always love to see what she wears. I love Taylor Swift and I love a Rihanna moment. But I looooove a Beyonce moment."

Same, Rachel. Same.

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