Rachel Zoe‘s done pretty much everything at this point, or, at least, a lot more than any other Hollywood stylist. Aside from dressing Hollywood’s A-list, she has a TV show, a clothing line, a website, a book, a baby, a fur collection and a portfolio of editorial work under her belt. But Zoe doesn’t seem capable of saying no, and so its with her usual enthusiasm—”an honor,” she says—that she’s accepted her latest challenge: designing the windows of Tiffany & Co. as an homage to the Academy Awards. When asked about the difference between dressing a body and a set, she says it wasn’t easy. “You have to conceptualize something very large, like a very special idea and concept, but it has to really fit into a very, very small box, so it’s a very specific process,” Zoe said this afternoon, on the eve of their unveiling.
There are five different windows, which will be installed in a handful of cities including New York and LA, and each one corresponds to a different era of Tiffany’s jewels from the 30s to the 70s. Differentiating between the decades was the hardest part for Zoe, “Fashion overlaps, style-wise, so it was about making [the backgrounds] very different. For example, the 30s and 40s kind of involved more feathers and maribou and diamonds and boudoir.”
The Fleur de Mer brooch, which was owned by Elizabeth Taylor, will be the focal point of the 1960's windows. Photo: Tiffany & Co.
About those Oscars, Zoe says she’s seen “one or two” dress contenders this week, but hopes to see more before she heads back to LA. She’s obviously covered in the jewelry department. “The jewelry very often transforms the dress,” she says. “You can make it very 50s, 70s or even 20s depending on the jewels.” (If the jewels were for herself, they’d be emeralds: “I’m a freak about emeralds,” she says.)
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, her favorite show—so far—is Marc Jacobs: “Marc Jacobs was ridiculously incredible, but Rodarte was pretty spectacular, too.”
Swing by the corner of 5th Avenue and 57th anytime after tomorrow morning to see her windows!