We chatted with the stylist-turned-designer on her new collection, wardrobe essentials and pop culture favorites.
What’s the inspiration behind your spring/summer collection?
I’m inspired by women who exemplify effortless sophistication, elegance and a touch of androgyny, like Diane Keaton, Jane Birkin and Ali MacGraw. This collection has a strong sense of effortless glamour with modern details—it’s filled with prints, texture and bright colors.
(left) Rachel Zoe sequin top and mint leather shorts | (right) mint leather jacket and striped silk pants
What’s your favorite trend for spring?
Colored leather is a must! It’s a great update to standard black and a cool new way to wear leather.
How about fall?
Equestrian details are so chic for fall. Pair riding boots with a flirty dress—it puts a classic twist on a feminine silhouette.
Name three items every woman should own.
A leather jacket, sexy nude pumps and a statement cocktail ring.
Where’s your next vacation going to be?
Malibu, and I cannot wait!
What’s your favorite movie?
I never tire of the classics: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Love Story, Klute. But I’m also a diehard Twilight fan—R. Pats is everything!
Do you watch any TV?
Every night before bed I watch an episode of Friends.
What’s on your iPod right now?
My office is basically a focus group for everything new and trending—music included. I like the Black Keys, Coldplay and Muse, along with classic rock, like Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Stevie Nicks and the Grateful Dead.
Do you have any design rituals?
Yes! I tend to get inspired in the middle of the night, so I do most of my magazine tears in bed at 2am.
Name a historical figure you’d love to meet.
What was your very first job?
I started my career as an editor at YM magazine. From there, I went off on my own as a freelance stylist.
How has the Internet affected your design process?
Communication is faster and so much more efficient. My team and I are never working solely on one season, category or project at a time. It can get a little crazy, but I love it. And I love having so much inspiration at my fingertips.