Zappos loves an entrepreneurial spirit. That’s how we came to be in the first place! With our Emerging Designer program, we’ve given up-and-coming designers a platform to showcase their passion and talent on a nationwide scale.
That’s why when Alison, our trend manager, and Karrie, one of our buyers, got approached to be on the show All On The Line, we knew it was the perfect fit. The show guides struggling fashion designers onto the road of commercial success. The aspiring designers get a chance to share their creative vision in a make-or-break presentation to real buyers. With so much at stake, their dreams really are “on the line”.
We had the exciting opportunity to ask Joe Zee, Creative Director of ELLE magazine and host of All on The Line, a few questions. Read on to delve into his lifelong love of fashion and of course get some of his expert advice on what’s hot this season!
What was the biggest influence that motivated you to pursue a career in fashion?
JZ: I loved the visual imagery and the stories that fashion photography told and the general makeup of fashion magazines. I loved how clothes could define your mood and your personality.
As someone who is constantly surrounded by fashion in every facet of your career, where do you personally find the most creative inspiration outside of your normal day-to-day routine?
JZ: Mostly pop culture. I am a huge pop culture fanatic and love and am intrigued by things that are immensely popular whether it's books, movies, art or music.
What was the best piece of style advice anyone has ever given you?
JZ: To be genuine. Being authentic and exactly who you are has been able to afford me certain opportunities because that's what fashion should ultimately be: a true expression of yourself.
What are your top 5 fashion essentials for this fall (women)?
Which fall/winter trend are you most excited about and why?
JZ: Winter White. I think its looks incredibly fresh right now and I love that it shatters the rule of white after Labor Day.
With holiday party season just around the corner, what are some of your party fashion faves?
JZ: Festive colors. I love fun colors around the holiday season. It's such a cheery season that wearing something fun makes me smile even more.
If you could have your pick of any super power to have, which would you choose and why?
JZ: To be invisible. Sometimes I think it would be fun to just be a fly on the wall and being invisible would allow me to do that.
Alison Callaway, Brooke Rodd, Karrie Meiklereid and Joe Zee
In tonight’s episode of All On The Line, our very own Alison and Karrie evaluate a capsule collection designed exclusively for Zappos by Brooke Rodd. What does Zappos think of her beach-inspired designs? Tune in tonight at 9PM on the Sundance Channel!
And, last but certainly not least: Click HERE for a chance to win a $1,000 Zappos Gift Card!