Fashion designer, editor, businesswoman, and Mom Maven Rachel Zoe is known around the world for her exquisite taste and glamorous silhouettes for the stylish woman. Now, a mother of two boys, Rachel has launched a stunning collaboration with Janie and Jack for the holidays. The exclusive party collection, complete with shimmery gold lurex plisse, faux fur accessories, and glitter booties. For the boys, you’ll find handsome suits in luxurious velvet fabrics, fedoras, and satin neckties. The best part, 100% of the proceeds from this holiday collection with Janie & Jack are being donated to the nonprofit Baby2Baby!
MINI MAVEN: What was your childhood or your earliest ambition? Have you always been interested in fashion?
RACHEL ZOE: Growing up I was endlessly inspired by my parents’ love of art and fashion. In college, I studied psychology and thought I would go that route, but then got an opportunity to work at a magazine in New York and that is really the beginning of my fashion career.
MM: When did you become interested in children’s fashion?
RZ: Going into children’s fashion was such a natural move for me. Personally, I have always loved Janie & Jack for my boys even before doing this collaboration. Since I have two young boys, being able to design for kids is such an organic extension of my life.
MM: Who was or still is your fashion mentor?
RZ: There are so many, but if I had to choose two right now, then my mother, and Jane Birkin.
MM: What was the inspiration behind this collection?
RZ: My kids!
MM: What’s the biggest trend you are seeing for holiday wear?
RZ: Holiday dressing is my absolute favorite. The biggest trends I love for this time of year are lots of sparkles and velvet suiting!
MM: Tell us about Baby2Baby and how pieces from your collection are helping this organization!
RZ: 100% of the proceeds of my holiday collection with Janie & Jack are being donated to Baby2Baby, which a nonprofit that I have the absolute honor of being a Board member and Angel, and truly holds such a special place in my heart.
MM: If you could put together the ultimate holiday ensemble from this collection, which pieces would you choose?
RZ: I truly love it all and wish it came in my size! For holiday dressing you can’t go wrong with the three-piece velveteen suiting for boys and gold lurex plisse maxi dress with matching gold pleated headband for girls.
MM: Favorite fabric of the season? And favorite fabric to work with?
RZ: Velvet is the best for the holiday. It’s polished and comfortable, and dresses up any look!
MM: Favorite accessory of the season?
RZ: Faux fur! No better time to wear it then during the holidays.
MM: What do you hope children take away from this collection?
RZ: I hope they find looks that they feel cool, confident and most importantly comfortable in! There is nothing worse than having your kids dress up for the holidays and being itchy or not able to play in what they are wearing.
MM: Which cities do you think have the most style?
RZ: Paris and New York.
MM: Your favorite color for fall/winter is?
RZ: I live in various shades of winter white and of course black, gold and bordeaux.
MM: Your fashion motto:
RZ: Never be a victim of trends. Your personal style and glamour should always seem effortless.
MM: Vintage clothing or new?
MM: What do you think about Mini-Maven.com and Mini Maven Magazine?
RZ: Absolutely love! It’s a great site for inspiration and parenting advice!