The Zoe Report: BLJ


Some people say you can never have too many LBDs, but I feel that way about BLJs…black leather jackets. No two are the same. In my mind, each style serves a different purpose. A studded leather jacket, like those shown at Dsquared, gives a nod to the badass biker look, while a bold-shouldered silhouette puts a glamrock spin– think Balmain— on your ensembles. One of the current front runners in my closet is this drape neck creation from Helmut Lang.

Their design team, Nicole and Michael Colovos, show us what it means to put a chic update on a classic trend. That is, this standout piece of outerwear is a cool evolution of the traditional leather jacket, thanks to its blend of leather and felted cotton fabric with an asymmetrical zipper. It is a hybrid! If you are going to make one splurge this fall…a leather jacket, of any kind, is a wise move. You can pair it with anything from a ball gown to denim shorts and it will stand the test of time. The more you wear it, the better it gets.


Zoe do: When shopping for a leather jacket, go for something very fitted, because the leather tends to stretch out.

Availability: Helmut Lang Drape Neck Leather Jacket ($780). For additional retailer information, visit

Parallel Universe



(Minus the) Leather Motorcycle Jacket


Stylist Rachel Zoe has long been known as the go-to force among “It” starlets, fashion houses, beauty firms and magazine editors looking for a dose of effortlessly chic style.

October 2007 marked the launch of Zoe’s first tome, Style A to Zoe by Grand Central Publishing, a stylebook filled with insightful tips and observations by Zoe, her designer friends and star clients. It was included in the New York Times Best Seller List. Zoe is continuing her mission to make fashion attainable with a full line of affordable accessories and faux fur that will debut on QVC this fall. She also acts as contributing editor and consultant for Rachel is continuing to expand her business endeavors with the second season of The Rachel Zoe Project, which premiered August 24th on Bravo.

Zoe and her husband, venture capitalist and new-media entrepreneur Rodger Berman, reside in Los Angeles.

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