Rachel Zoe's New Project
PHOTOGRAPHS BY DOUGLAS FRIEDMAN
Fur coat, Emilio Pucci ($22,810). emiliopucci.com. Jeans, 7 for All Mankind ($159). Fahrenheit 451, 105 Main St., Westhampton Beach; 7forallmankind.com. Tiger ring (price on request) and ring (price on request) (RIGHT HAND), David Webb. 942 Madison Ave., NYC; davidwebb.com. Bag, Chanel (price on request). Americana Manhasset, 2060 Northern Blvd.; chanel.com. Ring (LEFT HAND), Rachel’s own. Suede platform pump, Rachel Zoe ($295). Neiman Marcus, 2 E. Maple Ave., White Plains; neimanmarcus.com
It is a week before fashion stylist Rachel Zoe is heading to the Hamptons. Although she is presumably attending the annual Super Saturday benefit, to which she has contributed for the past several seasons, a trip to the East End also means times with friends. Those include polo player and Ralph Lauren model Nacho Figueras and his wife, Delfina Blaquier, whom Zoe met two years ago at one of Andrew Saffir’s famous dinner parties. Now that the Black Watch captain and stylist-turned-reality-television star are both parents—Figueras to Hilario, 11, Aurora, six, and Artemio, two; Zoe to son Skyler, nearly five months, with husband Rodger Berman—the conversation drifts more toward the kids, including the possibility of Figueras grooming Skyler to be the next Bridgehampton Polo Classic star.
“Can we make sure that he is, because I don’t want him to play football,” says Zoe. “I have certain sports that I really want him to do. One is surfing, one is polo and the other one is tennis, because I feel like the injury level could be a bit lower—unless, of course, he falls off the horse, God forbid.” “A bit of risk is always okay,” says Figueras. “I’ll take care of the polo, Hilario will take care of the surfing, and we’ll find someone to take care of the tennis.”
Named Hollywood’s most powerful fashion player by The Hollywood Reporter, Zoe has taken the success of her Bravo reality series, The Rachel Zoe Project, and launched her brand into the stratosphere with a lifestyle website and a fashion line, Rachel Zoe Collection, that debuted last month in luxury retail stores, including Intermix (64 Main St., Southampton, 283- 8510; 87 Main St., East Hampton, 907-8025) as well as Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and Nordstrom. Here, she and Figueras, who is making his interviewing debut, “just wing it” and talk fashion, family and Zoe’s Hamptons beginnings.
NACHO FIGUERAS: When did you know that fashion was your calling? When was that defining moment?
RACHEL ZOE: The first person I ever dressed was a boy when I was about eight years old; I hated what he was wearing to school every day. His family all wore Ralph Lauren, so I knew he had better clothes. I went into his closet and laid out every outfit—cable-knit sweaters and loafers and plaid shirts—head to toe for Monday to Friday, and he actually wore them. He was technically my first client. But I think like any girl, I just loved glamour and looking at pictures of beautiful women—the women of Studio 54, Yves Saint Laurent’s muses, Halston’s muses—and with that, I just said, ‘I need to make this my life. I need to make this my career.’
NF: Who was your main inspiration?
RZ: As a designer, Brigitte Bardot is one of my biggest influences. Also Bianca Jagger, Ali MacGraw, Lauren Hutton and Anjelica Huston in the ’70s. Really powerful, incredible, beautiful, fashionable and intelligent women. Often I am inspired by the streets of Europe and my travels.
NF: How would you describe your new line, Rachel Zoe Collection?
RZ: It is a complete mix of Parisian chic and sophisticated with London cool and downtown fun for people who love fashion, who have style, who really want to wear incredibly luxurious, very tailored clothes that are not going to go out of style, at contemporary price points—so Delfina can buy one of everything, basically.
Styling by Jordan Johnson and Jill Lincoln for Rachel Zoe Studio
Hair and Makeup by Joey Maalouf for maaloufbeauty.com