Monday, September 6, 2010
The Rachel Zoe Project
For those of you with cable TV, I highly recommend a fun little show on Bravo TV called The Rachel Zoe Project, which features Rachel Zoe, the celebrity stylist whose book, Style A to Zoe: The Art of Fashion, Beauty & Everything Glamour, I have quoted from here. It is an entertaining hour of fashion. There's no real drama here, though they try to play it like there is, but really, I don't need drama. I'm done with drama! I want to have fun. If you do too and want to check out high fashion, LA, NYC, and Rachel's house and studio, give this show a try. I'm really behind, on season one, but I know Bravo is showing season three right now.
What I like about this program is that you get to see, up close, the clothes. I have seen amazing dresses by Peter Som, J. Mendel, and Oscar de la Renta that I don't know if I'd have time to go look at, even me who treats visiting high-end stores as a visit to a museum. You look at these dresses up close and think, A human being made that? The design and craftsmanship are incredible.
One funny episode from the first season, which I see has been repeated recently on Bravo, is "Fashion the Cruel Mistress." Rachel is in NYC for Fashion Week. She brings her assistant Brad with her and between going to all the shows she finds time to shop for herself at New York Vintage, where she has a complete accident and buys a ton of stuff.
My favorite is when Brad, who has hilariously egged her on during this shopping spree, later tells the camera, "I'm the kind of person that, if you go shopping with me, I will absolutely cosign anything. I mean, if you want to buy a Birkin bag and you haven't paid your rent? I will totally help you sign the receipt. No problem at all."
A Birkin being the hugely expensive bag (high four-figures and up) made by Hermes. Who doesn't love a shopping partner in crime?
Rachel's husband, Rodger, is NOT happy she has bought yet more stuff (which she tries to hide from him), but I have to think this guy has been with her since they met in their twenties, he had to have known what he was getting into when he married her!
Pour yourself a nice big glass of wine and have fun with this one. Tuesday nights at 10pm.
Photo above from the September 2008 launch party for the show. L to R: Brad, Rachel, Rodger.