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Rachel Zoe Dishes on Designing For the Met Gala and Creating More Red-Carpet Gowns

In between styling her A-list clients and designing her ready to wear collection, Rachel Zoe has been one busy lady — but somehow, she managed to find time to deliver one of the most gorgeous gowns at this year's Met Gala, worn by supermodel Karolina Kurkova. Creating a gown for fashion's biggest night is no easy feat — Rachel spent countless nights envisioning her Met Gala red-carpet design debut, and needless to say, she definitely rose to the occasion. Rachel also told us that Karolina's matching turban was a last-minute addition to the long-sleeved, rose-gold stunner. Watch today's Fab Flash to hear more from Rachel at her event at Elyse Walker, plus a few styling tips and trends to invest in this Summer. On Allison McNamara: Topshop jacket, Madewell top.

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Hi, it's Allison McNamara, and you're watching Fab Flash. I caught up with Rachel Zoe at her Eunise Walker shopping event where I got the inside scoop on that gorgeous dress and turban she designed for Karolina Kurkova at the Met Gala, the top trends to invest in this season, and some styling tips on How to achieve Bridget Bordoe's effortless style. It's not every day that you get to create a piece of your own design to be worn by one of the world's biggest supermodels on fashion's biggest night, the Met Gala, and it's something that Rachel Zoe never dreamed she'd get to do. Not in my lifetime did I think that would ever be a reality. That was a dream fulfilled beyond anything I can imagine, and Honestly, I don't feel like I've recovered from it yet because it was hard work. It was a long process and it was an incredible process. What was the process? I know you worked with Carolina on the dress, and it was beautiful. one of my personal favorite, I mean the turban, the gold. I kind of spent a lot of nights dreaming about what I would want that to look like. And I knew that I wanted it to be long sleeves. I know I wanted it very low back, I knew a high neck and then it was kind of playing with what the bottom would be like and then adding kind of the belt coming through and coming around the back. That was something I imagined. And then the turban happened literally the day before where, you know, I was kind of trying to pay homage to Schiaparelli and Miuccia, to Prada and kind of saying, "Okay, what can we add that would really make it, kind of take it to the next level." Let's make one and let's kind make it a turban/headwrap and add just kind of some incredible thread laden diamonds and give it that kind of deco-glamour that Schiaparelli was kind of so known for. Rachel Zoe nailed her first Met Gala red carpet design and it didn't hurt that she had supermodel Carolina as her muse. Obviously, when you put something on Carolina it's like, "Oh hey that's what I dream it could look like. Oh, wait it's even better." Because it's on Carolina and then she stands and every way that she stands. The most important thing for me as a stylist and as a designer is that when someone wears it that they feel incredible in it, that it's a magic moment for them when they have it on. Speaking of that, do you ever dream of going into couture? Because you do have a few EDP pieces. In this collection, you've got zebra sequin that you've worn before. Would you ever design a high line of dresses? I would like to say that I would love to continue doing it. I think it's something that's now this incredible reality. And I can't wait to do the next one. I think the answer is yes, I would definitely do more, and I love it. Her sprinkle action was inspired by Brigitte Bardot in the South of France and she gave me a few easy styling tips on how to achieve her effortless glamour. I think the thing about Bridget Bardot that always makes her one of my icons is that There's always an effortlessness about her. Any photographs you've ever seen of her you can tell she didn't try that hard. It's just kind of who she was, how she felt, that kind of real ease and energy and that spirit, that's kind of free-spirited glamour that she possesses, you know, I think that everybody dreams to have. And so as a designer, I kind of wanna create those moments for every woman that's shopping or wearing clothes to just feel kind of incredible and free-spirited. So it's just about ease basically, and it's about easy glamour, effortless dressing. Never trying too hard but always being comfortable but looking amazing while you're comfortable. Yeah. Right? Can't forget that. For spring, are there any trends that women should invest in? I have to say I think lace has been an incredible trend, certainly one that I hit on in my spring collection. I also think it's something that really transcends season. I love bold prints. I love knits. I'm always about a great knit. I love a wide-leg pant. something that I would carry. You will carry them too. But I love them, I think that everybody looks great in them, it's just kind of trying it on and then you're like: "Oh my god, I look really tall." I agree. It's very flattering. I mean I think bright, positive color, really big for spring. Transparency, really, really big. I really can't wait to see Rachel's next red carpet creation. And make sure to keep your summer trends in mind, lace, knits, bold color, and sheer when shopping for those big investment pieces this season. I'm Allison McNamara. See you next time on Fab Flash on FabSugar TV.

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TheIconConcierge TheIconConcierge 3 years
Great interview Allison! It was good running into you again! 
Assistant-Community-Manager Assistant-Community-Manager 3 years
Such a great interview!
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