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Forget Hollywood, Zoe's eye is on St. Tropez

A little Brigitte Bardot. A little St. Tropez. A little late '60s free-spirit chic.
/ Source: The Associated Press

A little Brigitte Bardot. A little St. Tropez. A little late '60s free-spirit chic.

It all adds up to "a lot of "effortless glamour," according to Rachel Zoe, the stylist-turned-designer who showed off her expanded fashion collection to retailers, editors and other stylists Monday as part of New York Fashion Week.

Before taking on this crowd, Zoe made a name for herself on the red carpets of Hollywood, dressing top-tier celebrities and fueling the bohemian trend along the way.

Now that she's on the other side, she tempered that look a little in favor of a tad more tailoring. But at her presentation in the Garment District, she said she still wants to dress the woman "who wants to stand with the attitude of 'I'm chill.' 'I'm relaxed,'"

Like she'd just toss a sequin cardigan over a beige-and-black Seurat dot ruffle dress.

This muse wants it all to be easy, according to Zoe.

Zoe herself wore a long black maxi dress that is part of her line. There also was a similar black mousseline ribbon dress with cascading strips at the hemline.

Other looks include a men's style white-canvas pantsuit with a yellow tie-collar blouse, a halter-neck, all-beaded shift dress and an off-the-shoulder long dress in a Matisse-inspired floral print in black, yellow and white that she styled with a floppy hat.

The cream-colored macrame top, which slid just the right way off one shoulder, and the buttery caramel-colored leather cropped pant was in keeping with the easy-yet-elegant vibe that is dominating this round of previews of next spring's styles.