Rachel Zoe Talks Designing Windows for Tiffany & Co.

Rachel Zoe
Photo: Getty Images for Tiffany & Co.
Rachel Zoe at the Manhattan Tiffany & Co. flagship

Rachel Zoe, cat burglar?

"I want one of everything," she said to a group of reporters on hand to check out the stylist turned media mogul's latest venture: the windows at iconic jewelry store, Tiffany & Co. "I was in the store and trying to break into the cases," she joked.

Kidding aside, Tiffany & Co. better heighten security because discerning jewelry connoisseurs might take to a life of crime after seeing the opulent windows at the Manhattan flagship. Each Zoe-designed (and gorgeous, we can add) display pays tribute to the vintage luxury of the 1930's-70's. The 1960's homage has a special treat inside: the recently acquired "Fleur de Mer" brooch owned by Elizabeth Taylor. But if New York isn't on your travel agenda, Tiffany & Co. stores in Beverly Hills, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, and London will also feature the stylist's take on old Hollywood glamour.

Fresh off presenting her rock 'n' roll-inflected collection for Fall 2012, Zoe revealed creating concepts for each window wasn't hugely different than pairing gowns and shoes for the red carpet. "Jewelry, for me, really sets the tone for a decade I'm trying to reflect when I'm dressing a woman," she said. No one's more familiar with the glamour of the red carpet than the go-to celebrity stylist and space constraints notwithstanding, "it was sort of taking those key elements and bring that to life in this window."

She is a beauty ambassador, is set to launch her own jewelry line, and is a new mother but as far as Zoe's ever-expanding list of accomplishments go, how does this rank?

Tiffany and Co Windows

Photos: Getty Images for Tiffany & Co.

Windows (Left: Elizabeth Taylor's "Fleur de Mer" brooch) from Tiffany & Co. and Rachel Zoe's collaboration

"I've done a lot of great things in my career, and I have to say, doing this collaboration with Tiffany has been one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life," she gushed. "This was just a no-brainer. I don't remember being as excited to be a part of something as I was about this…one of the first serious pieces of jewelry I ever had was from Tiffany's from my parents."

Obviously, Zoe started young in her bauble collection, and she shared some tips on building up one's own fine jewelry collection, in case larceny's not your thing. "Diamonds is just one of the most timeless things you can ever own," she said. "I really love pearls. I think you can have a lot of fun with them...I could go on for days!" But the Bravo star is no snob. Costume jewelry will do the trick too: "Sometimes you can get more drama."

So what's next for the Zoe-Tiffany collaboration? "I would love to do this every year forever," she said, but if that doesn't pan out, might we make a suggestion for her Spring 2013 collection?  Stripes and orange jumpsuits. Fans of hers and the jewelry store might need something to brighten up their jailhouse attire.