“You all really are the women that inspire me,” said designer Rachel Zoe to an intimate gathering at Sunset Tower Hotel, the Hollywood staple that Monday night played host to the presentation of the designer’s latest collection. The room full of friends and family, mostly dressed in designs from Zoe’s collections, applauded (and cried) along with the designer after her show’s finale where, in a gold sequined column of her own design, she confessed, “I thought last year at this exact time when I was showing in New York that I need to take a step back and think about who I am, who I’m speaking to, who I’m selling to, who I’m inspired by, and what I want to say.” Clearly, based on the collection of timeless sequined gold and fringed silver classic silhouettes that fit the sartorial story of Hollywood’s starlets, she concluded, “What I want to say is showing here feels like home, and a lot of that is because you guys are here.”
And what a Hollywood home—with Zoe posing among friends like Nicole Richie, Kelly Sawyer, Selma Blair, Eva Longoria, and Jennifer Meyer. The intimate crowd dined on steak frites and salmon, accented with a Champagne-induced buzz over Zoe’s latest designs, some of which were made available online immediately following the presentation. And as valet lines backed up and guests piled onto Sunset Boulevard, it was made clear that Hollywood’s relationship with Rachel Zoe is a perfect match.