Rachel Zoe stands in front of her Spring 2012 collection at a presentation in the Garment District for Fashion Week.
As much as Rachel Zoe is known for her styling celebrities for red carpet events and becoming a reality TV star herself, she is becoming increasingly well known among those who follow the fashion calendar for having an increasingly successful fashion collection of her own.
The Rachel Zoe Collection, which first debuted last year for the Fall 2011 season, has been scooped up by retailers like Neiman Marcus, Kirna Zabete, and Nordstrom, and already includes accessories like handbags and shoes. For Fall 2012, according to WWD, Zoe plans to expand her offerings even more -- debuting costume jewelry and "cold weather accessories" like knits, fur, and faux-fur toppers. (Bergdorf Goodman apparently already has scored an exclusive on the jewelry, which ranges from $195 to $695.)
Even more interesting than the news that the star would be unveiling some new product categories at her Fall 2012 presentation this Saturday was WWD's note that there were no cameras rolling during the daily's preview of the collections; "The Rachel Zoe Project" has not yet been renewed by Bravo. Turns out, Zoe wasn't all too concerned with the TV developments, since she already has plenty on her hands, including the launch of her own production company, Rachel Zoe Productions -- a subject on which she stayed relatively mum with WWD.
Zoe has definitely proven that she has impressive fashion chops -- even if she's also been accused of being more than just inspired by other collections -- but thus far, she hasn't really scored a singular look or item that distinguishes her from some of the other designers saturating the racks at various stores. Fellow celebrities-turned-designer Victoria Beckham, for example, has managed to attain the kind of design status where she can sell out a $13,000 bag in hours -- though, to her credit, she's had her line since 2008, so she's got some years on Zoe. Thus far, we've been impressed with Zoe's collections and style, though it remains to be seen if she's got a look that has longevity.