Jewish Fashion Icon of the Month: Zoey Deutch

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Zoey Deutch has been one to watch ever since she first appeared, aged 15, as a Sprouse twin’s love interest on Disney’s The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. Now, after movies including Vampire Academy, Flower and Set It Up, she’s finally arrived. With the Netflix series The Politician under her belt, she’s displaying her screwball comedy chops playing a debt collector in her newest movie Buffaloed, while simultaneously charming the world with her fashion-savvy red carpet style and her totally relatable Jewish sense of humor. 

Prairie dresses > power dressing

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@vanityfair @maisonvalentino 💙

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Always on-trend without ever looking like a fashion victim: It’s a tricky one to pull off. But Deutch manages it every time, whether she’s sporting an Insta-friendly Dôen prairie dress in Italy (last summer’s dream look) or striking just the right note for spring 2020 in a plaid power suit in NYC.

She was at the forefront of this season’s mini-trend for hooded gowns, wafting into Vanity Fair’s post-Oscar party in a cloud of teal chiffon, and broke free of red carpet convention at the Golden Globes in a golden yellow Fendi jumpsuit that showed off her love of bright color. Last month, meanwhile, she topped the New York Fashion Week best-dressed lists when she paired a tan suede dress with white platform boots at the Coach 1941 fall/winter runway show.

But whatever she’s wearing, Deutch knows what’s important in an outfit. “I loved the white Tory Burch dress that I wore to the Met Ball,” she said, talking fashion with her co-star Lucy Fry in InStyle magazine. “It was simple and chic, plus I could eat anything I wanted in it without worrying about busting out.”

Her Bat Mitzvah theme was “Winter Wonderland”

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Zoey Deutch did not look like herself at her Bat Mitzvah party, and we can all relate. As she told the Glamour podcast What I Wore When, “The most important days of our lives—and the most photographed and documented days of our lives—we’re wearing things and doing things that look nothing like us.”

For her own big day, Deutch wore a silver ruffled BCBG dress with heels so high she struggled to walk, and a heavy coating of “wax figure makeup” to hide her allergic reaction to a disastrous eyebrow wax. We’ve all been there.

Did we mention that she’s funny?

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me and my friend who gave birth to me

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The daughter of actress Lea Thompson (best known for 90s sitcom Caroline in the City) and director and producer Howard Deutsch (whose comedy credits include Grumpier Old Men and The Odd Couple II), Deutch was never going to disappoint on the sense of humor front.

As Vulture magazine put it, “She’s funny. Like, really funny. High-octane, screwball, Lucille Ball funny.” She’s also Jewish funny: this is a woman who goes on doctor tours as “a textbook neurotic-father-daughter outing.” Her Instagram, naturally, is a joy.

Susannah Cohen
Susannah Cohen is a fashion journalist, e-commerce editor (specialist subjects: lingerie and diamonds) and Jewish mom. Recently relocated from London to the West Coast, she’s feeling a lot more spiritual these days.