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Rachel Zoe Warns Oscars Attendees: 'I'm Sick of Seeing a Straight Column Dress'


If Rachel Zoe had a dart and her dartboard was the Oscars red carpet, let’s just say she’d hit the bullseye. The über-stylist spilled to PeopleStyle about the looks she wants to see more of, the trends she wants to see less of and the women she hopes to see steal the night.

Rachel Zoe Oscars 2016
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“I’m sick of seeing a straight column dress,” Zoe tells PEOPLE at the launch of her new pop-up shop at The Grove in Los Angeles. “I would love to see more color like when Julianne Moore does that great emerald green moment [because] something like that I think is just wow.”

While the fashion enthusiast and celebrity stylist admits “we always love Cate Blanchett” and can’t wait to see the dazzling looks newcomers Alicia Vikander and Brie Larson choose for their big night (they’re both nominated for their first Academy Award), Zoe tells PEOPLE that Jennifer Lawrence’s custom Dior gown for the 2013 Oscars is still “a favorite moment for sure.”

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“I consider this one of my favorite memories of my styling career,” Zoe wrote of the stunning white gown she put Jennifer Lawrence in for the 2013 Oscars on “Jen’s Dior Haute Couture gown was youthful, elegant and reminds me of something that Grace Kelly would have worn. Such a movie-star moment — especially since Jen won an Oscar in it!”

As for the looks she hopes to see? Well, they’re fresh off the catwalk from the Spring 2016 Couture Fashion Week shows, including a Giambattista Valli black hi-lo dress with embroidered pink flowers, an Armani Privé periwinkle blue strapless ball gown with liquid iridescent coating (that “maybe Cate Blanchett” will wear) and a long sleeve beaded body-con Givenchy gown with an open middle (possibly to be worn by Julianne Moore).

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Though fashion is no foreign language to Zoe, there’s one aspect of the business that she is experiencing for the first time: having her own stand-alone shop. The shop will open Feb. 24 at The Grove in Los Angeles and will feature her entire collection of Spring ready-to-wear, jewelry and footwear.

“I feel like it was really time to just put the collection out there the way I want it to be out there and really create and environment where people can come in, enjoy shopping, feel really comfortable, walk into a clean and airy space and just enjoy the shopping experience,” Zoe says of the Laurel & Wolf-designed space housing her fall collection, which includes a ton of inspiration she drew on from the ’30s and the ’90s with an eclectic mix of velvet, lace and ruffles.

Are you excited for the Oscars?

–Nicole Sands