>> Rachel Zoe is officially a designer now -- she created a handbag collection with Judith Leiber that will launch this September at Neimans. She is also pursuing women's apparel (surprise!), although nothing is set in stone at this point in time.
Zoe told WWD that she is obsessed with animal skins. In fact, the line, Rachel Zoe for Judith Leiber, incorporates lizard, crocodile, python, and nine other materials in two silhouettes. The Medusa is a pliable satchel with ruched outside pockets at the sides, woven leather or suede shoulder straps and a flap closure. The Cleopatra is an oversize, rectangular minaudière. Both bags come in about 12 color variations, including a siren red and a matte gold, and are topped off with a heavy gold fob depicting two snakes — a favorite Zoe motif — coiled around a ring. They will range in price from $2,000 to $10,000. The higher range includes bags like one Zoe affectionately calls "The Mac Daddy," a minaudière encrusted with gold and pewter crystals that retails for $8,000.
"Mac Daddy" for $8,000 -- oh boy. It will be interesting to see how original these bags look. And how nice that Zoe already has a crop of girls to carry around her bags for her -- she won't even have to spend money on advertising.