Rachel Zoe, style maven extraordinaire, recently debuted her second book, Living in Style. Here's what she has to say on the new tome, spring essentials, and achieving a work/life balance.
Rachel Zoe with her new book, Living in Style.
Rachel Zoe styles red carpet heavyweights, designs an eponymous line, edits a style website and popular newsletter, The Zoe Report, mothers two adorable little boys—and still manages to dress to the nines every day. Last month, the LA-based Zoe added another impressive accolade to her resume with the debut of her second tome, Living in Style. This book spills Zoe’s secrets for living life glamorously when it comes fashion, beauty, home, and travel.
We caught up with the superstar stylist before her book signing at Marc Jacobs (8400 Melrose Pl., 323-653-5100) on Wednesday—where she arrived impeccably outfitted in a black sequin Marc Jacobs dress and sky-high heels, of course—to talk about her New York Times-bestselling book, style tips, and more.
Living in Style is your second book. What was the inspiration this time around? RACHEL ZOE: There were a lot of unanswered questions that I didn’t address in my last book. I just felt like I wanted to teach people to live their entire lives glamorously, not just [tell them how to] get dressed every day.
What message do you hope readers will take away from this book? RZ: That everyone can and should live a life filled with glamour. It doesn’t take a lot of effort, money, or time. You just have to practice a little bit and get a little guidance.
Why is it so important to live glamorously every day? RZ: I think you feel better about yourself, which makes you smile, which makes you confident, which makes you happy. It’s this big domino effect. Don’t you feel better when you look pretty?
Absolutely. You have a better day. RZ: Yeah, you do. I think it really affects your mood.
What inspires your designs? RZ: My inspiration comes from everything. Literally, it could be a really beautiful flower like the birds of paradise [flowers] at The Beverly Hills Hotel. The color palate of that flower excites me and inspires me. Or, it’s iconic Brigitte Bardot images and Bianca Jagger, Diane von Furstenberg, and the cities of Paris and London.
Zoe (with husband Rodger Berman) points to color as one of the season's best trends.
How about your spring wardrobe essentials? RZ: I think big, bold prints are really exciting. A really lightweight trench is great. Pastels definitely made a comeback. Color excites me. And a good wedge, always, like an espadrille.
What pieces should all women have in their closets? RZ: I would say a great open-toed pair of shoes, a good evening clutch or an oversized clutch that can go from day to night, a great trench, a leather jacket, and some statement jewelry to make any look exciting.
Any advice on transitioning a look from day to night? RZ: Go to work in flats and keep a pair of pumps in your bag. Throw your hair up in a messy topknot or a chignon or something like that. [Then,] dab some shimmer on your cheeks, [put on] a red lip, and go.
What's your secret for achieving a work/life balance? RZ: It’s a struggle every day. I’m just like every other working mom out there. It’s a very tricky balance. I have the good fortune that I can take my kids with me everywhere. That’s a blessing and I love that, but at the same time when I’m with my kids I’m 100% with my kids, and when I’m at work I’m 100% at work—and that’s the hard thing.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MIKE WINDLE/WIREIMAGE (LIVING IN STYLE); TOMMASO BODDI/GETTY IMAGES (ZOE, BERMAN)