Is there a designer alive who hasn't, at one time or another, been influenced by Yves Saint Laurent? This season it was Rachel Zoe
's turn. The YSL Saharienne jacket that Veruschka immortalized way back in 1968 in the pages of French Vogue
reappeared here in a couple of different ways—accompanied by a white leather bomber jacket and cargo pants and on its own as a zebra-stripe caftan. The Sahariennes and one or two abstracted giraffe-print pieces put Zoe in the center of things; safari looks are trending on the New York runways this week. But take them out of the equation, and the collection started to feel like a little bit of this, a little bit of that. As Zoe put it backstage, "I asked myself, What are the girls in my life wearing?" If they're all loving denim cutoffs and frayed and holey jeans, she might as well do her own versions. That said, the contemporary market is a competitive field. If she's in it for the long haul, she'll have to work on sharpening and refining her own unique point of view.