I was really excited for Rachel Zoe‘s first collection when the photos were featured in WWD yesterday. The collection features structured ’70s-style fashions; the garments are more tailored than loosey-goosey bohemian. Even though the $250 to $700 price range is a little beyond my means at the moment (unless Gilt Groupe plans to have a sale … hint, hint), I thought Rachel did an adequate job of bringing her signature ’70s style to the masses. But then I came across the above photo that questions the authenticity of a Rachel design on Fashionista. Did Rachel, who has made herself a brand and powerful person in the fashion industry, actually knock off another designer?Jane Keltner deValle, the fashion news director at Teen Vogue, tweeted the above photo that features a page from the October 2007 issue of Teen Vogue, in which Rachel made over an intern from the magazine, next to a photo of a dress from Rachel’s collection. The mod sequined shift dresses look almost identical, but Rachel didn’t exactly knock off a designer dress.
You see, the original dress Rachel used for the Teen Vogue makeover is vintage, and she liked it so much that she bought it after the photo shoot. Rachel reportedly wore it during one episode of “The Rachel Zoe Project” too. So while the shift dress isn’t exactly a designer knockoff, Rachel didn’t use any of her own creativity to design it. Check out another images of Rachel’s first collection below, and tell us what you think of the collection. [Racked, Fashionista]