By Ashley Breeding | November 15, 2011 5:24 PM
NB sits down with A-list celebrity stylist, star of The Rachel Zoe Project (now in its fourth season) and new mom Rachel Zoe during an appearance at Neiman Marcus, Fashion Island, where she recently launched an eponymous collection of chic apparel, handbags and pumps.
NB: When you came onto the style scene a decade ago, you stood out for your “boho chic” look. How would you describe your style now?
RZ: Like me, I think my style has grown up a bit. It’s more classic. I’m always on trend, but my [wardrobe] is a little more timeless. I’m not wearing now what I would wear in my 20s.
NB: How has becoming a mom influenced your style?
RZ: I have to think about what’s practical but still looks good. I think, “This can’t have too many zippers or buttons or anything sharp” because [son Skyler] puts his face on everything. Then at night I can wear my harmful, dangerous pieces [laughs].
NB: What type of woman is the Rachel Zoe collection designed for?
RZ: One who loves fashion but doesn’t want to look like a fashion victim. It’s on trend but not trendy. You won’t look at any of the pieces you buy in five years and think, “Oh my God, what was I thinking?” You’ll want to keep everything you buy.
NB: One item every woman should have in her closet?
RZ: A great black leather jacket. Definitely.
NB: Which celebrity client’s closet would you love to raid?
RZ: Kate Hudson. We’re like sisters in style. We love all of the same things.
NB: You can wear only one designer from now on. Who is it?
RZ: Chanel. There’s a timelessness about it, and it’s only going to appreciate in value.
NB: Most common fashion faux pas women make?
RZ: Too much at once—too many trends; too much animal print; too much makeup; too much hair—just too much.
NB: Are you a beach gal?
RZ: Totally. I don’t go in the ocean though. I like to sit on the beach and look at the ocean.
NB: Beach attire?
RZ: Kaftans. Anytime the temperature is above 80 degrees, I’m in a kaftan.
NB: Ever dressed a client in a surf brand?
RZ: [laughs] Yeah, for ad campaigns. I think I did one for coconut water, but I don’t remember which brands.
NB: You’re petite. What’s your best style advice for other petite women out there?
RZ: Don’t be scared of wearing a wide-leg pant or a maxi-length skirt. Those don’t make you look shorter; they actually make you look taller.