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Rachel Zoe's First Birkin: A True Story

If a guy lures me outside on a path of rose petals padded by a shared Champagne stupor, I'm going to expect either an engagement ring or a very serious, strangely choreographed apology on the other end.

So it's a good thing Rachel Zoe had already been happily married to Rodger Berman for five years when he used that nerve-wracking lead-in on her 30th birthday. Afterwards, as Rachel told Harper's Bazaar, she found something that excited her way more than a teeny robin's egg blue Tiffany's box: a giant orange one wrapped in brown ribbon. She knew immediately that it housed an Hermès Birkin bag.

With prices starting at $9,000, that present's certainly more expensive than most fine jewelry people ever own, and as a handbag instead of a more common milestone birthday present—a watch, maybe—it might seem frivolous. But it also makes sense for someone so fashion-obsessed, so we get it.

Our pipe dream presents are also wardrobe staples, which, if a little less well-known than the Birkin, share the same classic appeal. (We think Rachel would like them all—perhaps Rodger should take note: Rachel's birthday #41 comes around in just two weeks.)


With that shoulder detail and deep color, it's way prettier than the Inspector Gadget classic.


I'd live in these every autumn.

Instead of the crocodile or python, I'd opt for the subtle (but super-luxe) ponyhair.


The best part of this standby cocktail dress is the perfectly puffed sleeve.

Still obsessed with those slightly slanted soles.

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