With an eye for detail and a unique point of view, Lisa Zabelle rarely — if ever — disappoints in the fashion department.
Whether a silver space-age inspired Fendi dress for SFMOMA’s Modern Ball or a Gucci lace tuxedo for an evening with Cartier, her look is based on the three F’s — feminine, fun and flirty. It’s an assessment made by many of her friends, and one she agrees with. “I always want to be a little flirty, but in a soft way,” she says. “And, I’m a fun girl!”
She’s also full of surprises — the Bay Area native spent three years as a Raiderette (when the team returned to Oakland in 1995), and before that she was immortalized (as a blonde) — on the cover pages of Mötley Crüe’s 1987 album Girls, Girls, Girls. These days the design-savvy philanthropist (she and her husband Todd support local organizations including Meals on Wheels, Tipping Point and Compass) is settling into life as one of Woodside’s newest residents after the tedious process of completing the couple’s dream home. Her closet alone took a year to design. “I wanted to be able to hang out with girlfriends and a glass of rosé and feel like we were in a boutique,” she laughs. “It’s where I’m most comfortable!”
Zabelle pairs a favorite asymmetrical white Carolina Herrera top with black leather pants and Saint Laurent heels — and a touch of Chanel at the wrist. “Accessories are just like clothes to me,” she explains. “They make the outfit.” As for the long earrings that have become part of her signature look, “Everyone knows I love statement earrings — we called these ‘shoulder dusters’ in the ’90s!”
“The print is fun, and the style has a 1970s retro vibe,” she says of the Valentino dress with its lips-and-lipstick motif from Resort 2018. “I didn’t think red was my color, but I’ve started incorporating it into my wardrobe.” Her most recent addition is a red Hermès Jige clutch, though here she opts for her pink version.