We know, we know: this is our third Rachel Zoe-focused story of the day. This morning, the star stylist-cum-designer debuted her new contemporary line with an exclusive article in WWD, followed by a somewhat secretive show at a Manhattan loft. While the early buzz on the line was generally positive, a TwitPic from Jane Keltner DeValle — Teen Vogue’s Fashion News Director — reveals that Zoe appears to have taken some very literal inspiration from a shoot she styled for the mag in 2007.
The image (above) features a white and black sequined dress from Zoe’s collection next to a page from the October 2007 issue of Teen Vogue in which Zoe styled then-intern Elena Fishman as a “paparazzi darling.” According to Fashionologie, the fashion credit for the shoot cites vintage store What Goes Around Comes Around as the source of the dress. Refinery29 spoke to Fishman who confirms the dress is vintage and one that Zoe bought herself and even wore after the shoot. “It was a vintage piece that Rachel bought,” Fishman explained. “She originally got it at What Comes Around Goes Around and wore it to the Marc Jacob’s after-party that Fashion Week.”
Many designers draw on vintage clothing for inspiration (see Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg‘s prints), and Kate Moss‘ collections for TopShop were designed based almost entirely on her closet. Zoe told WWD that she envisioned her new line hanging next to the likes of Alexander Wang, which suggests she’d like to be taken seriously as a designer. How does this news affect your impression of Zoe and her collection?
We reached out to Zoe’s camp for comment earlier today, but have yet to hear back. We’ll keep you posted!
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