OCTOBER  18, 2016

In addition to being a stylist to the stars, Rachel Zoe is a celebrity herself. She's a fashion designer, writer and business owner who also starred for five seasons on the Bravo reality show "The Rachel Zoe Project."

In what's arguably the biggest fashion news to hit Des Moines this year, internationally known design star Rachel Zoe, who has worked with Hollywood A-listers such as Jennifer Lawrence, Keira Knightley and Kate Hudson, will stop in town to style some of our city's most fashionable women.
K. Renee will host Zoe Oct. 27 for a special styling event. Zoe and her team will work with around 50 clients on a private-appointment basis. Appointment space is limited; if you're interested, stop in the store this week and talk to a member of the staff, suggests K. Renee partner Julie Ross.
If you don't have a private appointment, though, no need to worry: K. Renee is holding a trunk show Oct. 27-29 (during regular store hours) featuring Zoe's new collection of fall, resort and evening wear as well as jewelry. The trunk show will include stock--not just samples of items that you then have to order--so "you can try it, buy it and take it," Ross says.
"I am loving the Rachel Zoe collection because it incorporates a sense of glamour and occasion into even her daytime separates," Ross says. "For example, she creates a snow-white cable knit sweater and scatters pearls on it--a simple and striking touch."
Most people seem to "wear clothes that make them blend in and disappear," Ross adds, but Zoe's clothing "makes us stand out in the best of ways."  
Zoe is visiting Des Moines largely because of the relationship she has with K.Renee owner Kelli Schulz. "It's a nod to the deep relationships Kelli has in the industry," notes Ross, adding that K.Renee is one of only two or three independently owned specialty boutiques that Zoe will visit this year. "Kelli has been behind the Rachel Zoe line from the beginning."
K. Renee is located at 2600 University Ave. in West Des Moines; find out more on the store's website
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dsm sales manager Yolanda Chrystal welcomes the crowd to our last unveiling party, hosted by Silent Rivers Design + Build. 

Life is good at dsm magazine, where each great new issue is a great reason for a party. And, as usual, we want to include you. We're excited to unveil our November/December issue and we'll have a copy just for you next Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. Our host this time is Acura of Johnston, 5138 Merle Hay Road. Don't worry about parking; free valet service will be available.

If you're a newcomer to dsm, be sure to include our unveiling parties in your social schedule. They're always fun and a great way to mingle and make new friends. Brief comments at 6 p.m. lead to the unveiling of our new cover and distribution of the first copies. We hope to see you there. 
Photographer Jamie Milne captured the dancers' soaring and fluid movements for dsm magazine, as well as this rarely seen concept: ballet dancers perfectly stationary. 

Ballet Des Moines opens its season with "Triple Bill" Oct. 28-30. Artistic director Serkan Usta and two other choreographers stage brief ballets in the three-part program at Hoyt Sherman Place. Performance times and ticket prices vary ($15.50 to $49.50); get details here. Learn more about the ballet company and its professional dancers, including incredible photos created for dsm magazine, on our website.  
The iconic beauty and style of Jean Seberg were hugely influential in the 1950s and '60s.

Learn about Iowa actress Jean Seberg's remarkable life (1938-1979) during a free screening of the documentary "Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg" Saturday, Oct. 22, at 1 p.m. in the State Historical Museum, followed by a Q&A session with the documentary filmmakers and Seberg's sister, Mary Ann Shuey.

It was 60 years ago that director Otto Preminger plucked 17-year-old Jean from Marshalltown and cast her as Joan of Arc, launching her as an international star. Reportedly, Preminger picked her from among 18,000 entrants in an elaborate talent search. She went on to act in 34 films and lived most of her tragically brief adult life in France. Get the details Saturday. 

An example of street photography from a Youtube tutorial on this genre, viewable here

Want to share your best photos beyond your Facebook friends? Right now, two prominent institutions are eager to showcase your photography. 

The Des Moines Art Center has enjoyed popular reaction to its Vivian Maier exhibit of candid street photography from decades past. Now the Art Center invites you to follow Maier's example. Turn your lens toward street scenes, city life, and urban landscapes, and enter your best work for inclusion in a new photo gallery. Entries are due by Nov. 8 and selected images will be exhibited Dec. 12 through Jan. 3. Find details and a photo submission process here

In addition, Keep Iowa Beautiful (an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful) is looking for beautiful images of our state for its seventh annual photo contest. The deadline for entries is Dec. 23. Information about the contest and entry process is here

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