InStyle Dinner for Rachel Zoe


Rachel Zoe Rodger Berman son Skyler Morrison Berman
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Rachel Zoe and her husband Rodger Berman with their son Skyler.

On any given night in L.A., you can find plenty of hyphenates out on the town. But on June 21, the über-talented Rachel Zoe had the hyphen market cornered at a private supper thrown in her honor by InStyle, at Soho House West Hollywood.

The stylist-turned-designer, TV-star-and-wife-and-mother was surrounded by friends and well-wishers who gathered to toast every one of her accomplishments at the magazine's "Dinner with a Designer". Husband Rodger Berman and 3-month old son Skylar were there too.

The stylish crowd, many of them clad in Zoe’s looks, included Ali Larter, Beau Garrett, and Amber Valetta.

So You Think You Can Dance's Cat Deely came straight from a Conan O'Brien taping, quickly apologized to Rachel for removing the shoulder-pads from the Zoe-designed jacket she was wearing. "What are you talking about? You look amazing!" the designer assured her.

Jaime King was not only celebrating Zoe, but also the news that her new show, Hart of Dixie, was just picked by the CW for fall: "I play a southern belle, and I've got the accent down!"

A smitten Dave Annabel couldn’t help but admit his lack of fashion know-how—except when it comes to his lovely wife Odette. “I may not know fashion," he said, "but I know how hot my wife looks in whatever Rachel put her in tonight.” (The couple is planning a summer trip to Bangkok.)

Cat Deeley
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Cat Deeley customized her Rachel Zoe look.

Did we mention Zoe’s new clothing line has all of us, well, bananas? Her namesake collection debuted this past February during New York Fashion Week with hyper-stylish but very wearable looks that have just enough edge to keep fashionistas happy: Pantsuits, blazers, and maxi dresses galore, all infused with Zoe’s signature style. (The tiered one-shoulder gown, a personal favorite, is what Zoe chose to wear on this special night).

Has Zoe had to amend her own style, now that she's a style-icon-and-working-mom? “I have to be a lot more functional and way more comfortable now. I can’t do anything or wear anything that can hurt him. Biggest rule of thumb!”

As the dinner wrapped up, Zoe was clearly moved by remarks from InStyle's Glynis Costin, and the reality that so many women in the room were wearing her clothes. But when asked for parting style advice, the stylist-mom-designer was not at a loss for words: “Don’t succumb to trends.” Shut it down.