Spending an evening with Rachel Zoe is a dreamy experience filled with laughter, good friends, lots of jewels, and an abundance of really good outfits (of course). Such was the case Monday night at Tiffany & Co. in NYC, where Zoe and a group of family and friends celebrated the launch of her second book, Living in Style, with an intimate dinner party right inside the store.
Penning a second book was no big deal for Zoe, and this time around (her first book, Style A to Zoe, hit shelves in 2008), she’s focusing on an organized mishmash of never-before-seen personal photos, images of her favorite fashion and beauty icons, and contributions from her inspirational friends and mentors on home decor, entertaining, and travel. We sat down with the star to drill her on everything from fashion rules that are meant to be broken to how to look glam in five minutes or less. Here’s what she had to say:
We’ve been dying for more tips and tricks from you after your first book. Why did you decide not to do the second for awhile?
It’s crazy, books are something that take so long to do, that’s why I kind of waited seven years to do my second one. I was kind of like, “I need to have another big message to put out there.” It feels incredible to finally have it out there and just be able to flip through it in my hands.
You say in this book that fashion rules are meant to be broken. What are the top three rules we should be breaking this year?
One: Definitely that alleged rule of no white after Labor Day, because I wear white all year long. Any color white–white, winter white, optic white—literally all variations! Two: No open toe shoes in the winter—that rule can be broken and it certainly should be. Three: Mixing proportions. The concept that your coat must be longer than your dress no longer applies. Your dress can be longer that your coat and vice-versa.
What are your thoughts on recent trends, like the sneakers with dresses we saw on the runways this year?
No! I wouldn’t do it.
Jumpsuits, oh yes, wear one every day, all the time! I have a section in my closet dedicated to jumpsuits. I’ve been collecting them since I was 13.
Socks with sandals?
Definitely not for me.
What’s the No. 1 tip for being stylish on a whim?
I like to say take the extra five minutes to put yourself together—smile, carry lipstick, always have a top knot ready to be had, because you can always make yourself look better with an instant top knot.