Rachel Zoe

Rachel Zoe discusses her final thoughts on her show's dramatic season.

on Oct 14, 20080

Taylor gave you an ultimatum- you had to choose between her and Brad. What do you think prompted Taylor's ultimatum?

If you read the commentary on the blogs, a lot of people ask how I can let Taylor speak to me the way she does. After three years of working with Taylor, I know her very well. You have to take what she's saying with a grain of salt. It's not personal. There have been many, many times over the past three years when Taylor has wanted to quit. And there are so many times when Taylor will say "Can I talk to you?" and I'll ask "Are you quitting?" I would say that every awards season, Taylor wants to quit. We are always short-handed, the pressure is so high, she takes on a lot of work, and there is no room for mistakes. No matter what mistake is made and no matter who makes it, the mistake falls on my head. I can't say to my client, I'm so sorry I don't have heel pads because my assistant didn't leave them for me. That's not my assistant's fault, that's ultimately my fault. That's unfortunately the way it works, and I think it works like that in any environment. I'm going to take the fall. During an awards season, everyone is about to explode. I take on so much work. When we have that Oscar week, technically we shouldn't be doing anything else, but that's not how it works. I had a photo shoot the day before the Oscars, and I had an unbelievable amount of stuff going on. When Taylor apologizes to Brad, it was a turning point in Brad and Taylor's relationship. I didn't tell her to apologize, that was her response. When she surrendered, I think she looked at it like, "Okay, maybe I was too hard on him." I pointed out to her that her expectations were unrealistic. I told her that I hired Brad to help her and that if she didn't take advantage of that situation, she was only hurting herself. I gave her the ultimatum that if he didn't work with us anymore, then she's a one man show again and doing all the work. I think she finally began to process that and I think that prompted her apology.

91 comments
Teenshopaholic
Teenshopaholic

Hey Rachel!!! i just wanted to say that I absolutly love your show, and now i don't even know what I love best: shopping or your shows. I love fashion and i want to become a designer but i don't think my parents really like the idea. They wanted me to be a lawyer, economist or a business woman. I know if I become a business woman I can allways open a store but i would love to study fasion and business at the same time... is that possible?

Slade
Slade

I love you, Brad and the rest of the crew, but I am really writing for my own selfish reasons. I am so intrigued and impressed by you, Rachel, and I am making a shameless (but shameful) attempt to see if you can help a high-style girl on a low-style budget plan the attire of my wedding. I have great ideas, but I am already so stressed out with my own work and I have a very limited budget to work with. Stress. I don't know how you do it nor do I know how I do it. I have never written a "fan" site, but here it goes. Thanks!

grandma from waltham ma
grandma from waltham ma

HI RACHEL,

I JUST WANT TO SAY IF THERE WAS ANYONE I COULD MET BEFORE I DIE IT WOULD BE YOU. I HAVE LUNG CANCER AND RIGHT NOW IT'S UNDER CONTROL BUT IF I COULD EVER HAVE A CHANCE TO MET YOU. I WOULD GO THERE BUT, NOW I LIVE IN TEXAS WHERE MY CHILDERN LIVE. I'M LUCKY TO HAVE THEM WITH ME AT THIS TIME. SO GOD BLESS YOU LOVE

br
br

Why is the show no longer on iTunes??

Joe & Kathy Wirkus
Joe & Kathy Wirkus

ATTENTION RODGER BERMAN & RACHEL ZOE:

While watching an episode of the Rachel Zoe Project, my wife and I came up with the perfect solution to your Anniversary Dilemma: GET RE-MARRIED at a better time for the both of you. That way you have your original anniversary that you could try to spend a little time with, as well as a NEW ANNIVERSARY, in which you could celebrate in full, with NO CONFLICT!

Note: I put the caps in to get noticed. If Rachel Zoe, or any of her staff do not read this, please forgive my ignorance!

Joe & Kathy Wirkus Sweetwater,TN

Footnote: My wife and I come up with ideas for anything and everything; From gifts, products, promotions and advertising, to wedding and event ideas.

VieweConnie
VieweConnie

My Dearest Rachel,

I have been watching your shows for the last 2 seasons but this is my first post! I am going to a formal occasion that i have been going to for the last 12 years. and every year there are women with the most beautiful dresses and gowns, I too try to deck my self out as much as i can. My question to you is how can i get in touch with you to see if you can style me for that evening? The date I'm asking about is Sept. 10th. can you help? It would be an honor for you to help me with this occasion.

wong40
wong40

Rachel you are fabulous..... you & Brad are going to do a great job...TYLOR is and alway be a big BIT!! she sure had been gone last season....No personality, no look...YOU WILL BE FIND..you have your husband & good friend ...peace out Pat..

Tat
Tat

seriously... rachel u are amazing! taylor should kiss the ground you walk on for the opportunity you gave her... you are an icon and brad will make us forget tay ever existed...p/s brad is AMAZING!

Escorts
Escorts

It was certainly interesting for me to read this post. Thanx for it. I like such themes and everything that is connected to them. I definitely want to read more on that blog soon.

Elizabeth Peterson
Elizabeth Peterson

Hi Rachel, I really liked you before this blog, but now you are 100% in my esteem. Because of your comments not to wear fur, only faux fur. You proved to me that you are all heart. I'm sitting here typing, and my 10 year old beautiful Manx cat, Mabel is sleeping next to me. I rescued her from a shelter 6 hours before her put down schedule, and she was 6 months old at the time. You have no idea what your comment meant to me, and probably animal lovers all over! Thank you for being who you are, Rachel. So many animals with great potential are destroyed each day - and fur is part of the problem. Thank you so much for caring about the cause for animals. And, by the way, many more Mabels do as well. Love, Elizabeth Peterson

Sydney
Sydney

Rachel, I have to tell you that I LOVE you and your show. You are so adorable! Your husband is a doll too! Please come back next season. You are the best thing on television!!

Viewer
Viewer

Dear Rachel,

I just want to thank you for doing this show for the past 2 seasons. I enjoy watching it and love being able to see the fashion shows that you attend and how you create a style for your clients. I totally understand with your busy schedule that you may not be able to continue doing another season but I wanted you to know that I love your show and hope you will come back another season.

Sincerely, Terri - (just another fan)

Viewer
Viewer

Hi Racheal

I Love, love, love your show. every monday I can't wait to watch you show. It's sooooooo entertaining.

Love you

Lety Holland
Lety Holland

Rachel I just want you to know that you are a great inspiration to me!! When I watch your show I always get inspired to look beautiful, I LOVE LOVE what you do...

lety

Kimberly
Kimberly

RACHEAL , BRAD, & TAYLOR,

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE U'R SHOW. DON'T STOP READING!!!!!

I am sorry that you were sick on your last show. I am a nurse. I see sick people going through the same thing and much, much worse every day. If you ever need medical advice, maybe we could make a trade. Medical advice for fashion advice. I Could use some help! I wear baggy scrubs everyday!!

CathyK
CathyK

I'M SO SAD! :( I hope you continue to blog after the season finale. What will I do? I'm going to miss this show. When will the next season begin?

Can we do lunch? j/k

I can't wait for the next season!

Josefina G.A.
Josefina G.A.

Rach: you ARE the best! I beg you to ignore yellow press comments..you know what you want, who you are and where you wanna get to. I admire your delightful taste, and as a fashion design student, one of my biggest goals is to have one of my dresses chosen by you someday.

Remain the same!

Josefina, from Bs. As., Argentina

Redfstvette
Redfstvette

Oh! you are so adorable,fashionable and intense. I just love you and your wonderful wonderful show. Watching you is like eating a piece of my favorite chocolate. Trust me, don't pay any attention to your haters.....they are jealous jealous with envy...I have learned soooooo many great ticks from you I can't stop watching your reruns. Thank you for taking us on the journey with you. Love Taylor, and Brad. They are so fun to watch. I wish you and your hubby the best and my wish for you is to have fun love and continued success with your show. I love watching. Luv and hugs Redfstvette

Cindy
Cindy

Rachel, Hello - just felt the need to tell you that I love your show. I love watching how your passion for fashion becomes what we see the stars wearing in magazines and on TV. You know, I'm just a middle aged woman working construction projects in the midwest. I'm so far away from fashion! I have trouble if I even look like a girl onsite - let alone dress with style. There is only so much you can do with jeans and workboots. But....I still love fashion, still buy the magazines, still get dressed up on the weekends when I can. Your concern over what the trash tabloids lie about you struck me because you have so much pride in your work and you care how your work, thus you, are presented. If it is a lie how can you combat it or fix it? I felt for you. I believe that the more famous you get the more you will be fodder for this type of stuff. But as one of the few women on most of these construction sites I can tell you this - Be professional, be true to yourself, have the confidence that your work is your best, and the lies will be what falls aside - what will rise is how great your work is. Allow yourself the few minutes of dissapointment and dismay at the cattyness of people - then back to work. Your a classy lady - stay that way.

StyleChic
StyleChic

Rachel -- ever in NYC look me up when Taylor decides to leave. I would love to work for you and Bradipoo!

Smooches!

Bobbie Strauss
Bobbie Strauss

Dear Rachel, Honey, are your parents still alive? If so turn to them as well as Rodger for your strength. Don't allow the crazies out there to drag you down. Some people are meant to be thin and some to be heavy, you are one of the lucky ones who are thin. This is a thin world and isn't it funny how Hollywood is always telling models and actresses that they're never thin enough and yet they're on your case due to your tiny frame. If, by chance you are not eating due to stress or another reason that is another story and you need to make sure you are at least getting enough calories into your body to keep you strong and to give you enough energy to continue the schedule you have. I think you care so deeply about everything you're doing and your not taking as much care of yourself as you are your business. What good would it do if you get ill due and are no longer there to help the stars look as perfectly as you do for them? You need to remember that the body is a machine and needs a certain amount fuel to keep it going. Just make sure you eat a little something anywhere from 3 to 6 times a day. That can be a glass of milk and slice of toast, some yogart, cottage cheese or anything else that you enjoy. Not to have a big meal, but a little something in your system to keep it going and keeping you feeling well. You are very lucky to have Rodger as your support system and he's lucky to have you. Keep in mind the end of the rainbow, there are things you want to do in your life and you need to keep your eye on the goals you both have. By the way, if your parents are no longer here I'll be more than happy to be a replacement for you. I'm not a stalker or anything crazy like that, but it looks to me like you just need someone to talk to and to help you keep your feet on the ground and your head taking care of yourself first. You will have my e-mail address on this message and if you wish to contact me I'll be more than happy to be here for you. Keep up the good work and try to surround yourself with people who want to their best for you, not for themselves. Their eyes have to be on the goals you are working for not what their's are!! Best of luck with your show, take care of yourself and much love for a Happy New Year. May you be written in the Book of Life for another year of health and happiness. Bobbie

Viewer
Viewer

Rachel,

First off, you are amazing. I have watched your show since the beginning and I can tell, even you have said, you are not one for dealing with the press or its harsh rumor mill very well. I really do understand how you feel - I mean, not an international level (hahaa) - but I do know what you mean. To save you the dramatics, I am a survivor of poverty, racial intolerance, self-intolerance, sexual uncertainty, abuse, two charges at desires for "ending it all" and a redefining rebirth. I am only twenty but have experienced a small piece of a lifetime. Well, so much for sparing you the dramatics. In saying all of this, I simply wanted to tell you that you make a difference. I know that we are talking about thousand dollar pieces whom 99% of your viewers cannot afford and 50%, or so, think are unnecessary but I do understand. The artistic quality, the excitement, the energy, the whole gusto of the fashion world! I can appreciate the euphoria behind it. And even though you are a stylist, not a special envoy to Afghanistan or a UNICEF operator in Uganda, you do make a big difference to someone like me. Someone who has no where near the atrocities, strife or tragedy in life as those people do. You are a simple woman, following a simple passion and that is one of the most fabulous things you can give to someone. Sexual abuse wasn't easy and neither were the taunts and the jeers growing up, but not living a life that I can love is even harder. I know the undertone, if you read between the lines, is - I am a teenager who needed help coming out of the closet. Hahaaa... Quite the opposite, I fought so hard to discover who I was - no matter what my identity was. I just wanted one. And it took years of trial, soul-searching, confessions and spiritual reawakening and I feel as though I have come to place where I can just be me and not take notice to what people say or what they do because in the end my God Loves me. And he loves you, too. So much. I know this message sounds corny and over-the-top and I've never written on a blog in my life but I thought it was something I needed to say. The world has their eye on you, and through your work you will find ways to turn even the smallest light in a dark world for so many people. Even if that bulb does have a Gucci label on it! Hahaaa... Keep the faith, keep delivering amazing fashions and most improtantly keep strong with God - whatever faith you may be, God is everywhere and he can give you the tools to always work through it and not around it (that was key for me!)! God Bless!

P.S. I started an organization about two years ago in my freshman year at college to try and rebuild those who have been torn down by tribulations, through education. Fashion is a strong passion of mine and I am working hard in the industry to accomplish this goal. Who knows, maybe we'll run into each other one day. We're not a popular organization or anything, struggling I guess you could call us. Cheers!

Lily
Lily

I think Rachel is an incredible stylist and I love her show. I just cannot stand Taylor's behavior. She's uncivilized and rude and frankly, sometimes I shut the volume down so I don't have to listen to her constant complaining and unpleasant demeanor. I find it disturbing that Rachel tolerates such behavior. Taylor shows no respect for Rachel and I find it disturbing that Rachel puts up with such nastiness. No, it's not good TV to have such a sourpuss on the show. It's a turnoff, just like Kate Gosselin.

Shannon
Shannon

Hi Rachel, I think you are incredibly talented and beautiful, but what I don't understand is why you wear fur? You have so many wonderful designers clothes to choose from you look good in anything. You are in front of the public and you are a role model to young women. When they see that you don't care for the plight of animals.Why should they, Do you know how animals are treated? just before they are skinned sometimes they are still alive to give you there coat,our how they are housed in cramped conditions ,five to six stuffed in a small cage waiting to be skinned so you can have your coat. If you are at all interested try going on the Peta site. I think it will be quite educational. Thanks Shannon

LOY
LOY

Rachel,

Your show is fun to watch.I love to "copy"/"incorporate" your style into my ordinary life and i do get a lot of ideas just by watching your show. I hope there will be a third season after this one.

Please advise Taylor to do something about her bangs.It literally gives me a headache just watching her struggling with it every second ...do you think you can find someone else to fill her position?But keep BRAD.He's adorable!

 K
K

Rachel,

You have the dream life, you have great fashion sense, a great lifestyle and need I say more. Please, Please, never tolerate insubordinance from your staff. They are there to make your life easier; to be an asset and not a liability. Taylor was ridiculous. You have enough stress already and then you deal with Taylor's temper tantrums. She is clearly unstable. She knows her job but you spend too much time playing up to her and giving her attention and seeing if she is okay. That is draining and unhealthy. And for what? This is your program. You've made it, not her. Let her pay her own dues. You don't owe her anything. I did that with my staff and they only backstab you in the end. Look at second season when she started giving you a hard time. There is no loyalty. Be loyal to yourself and your mission. She appears to be a miserable person who doesn't like herself , therefore she can't truly like you. She hates you when you don't please her and she's better than you when she delivers because she helped YOU out. Run from negative energy because there is always an underling problem and much more to come if you stay. You've come too far and worked too hard. Show that you believe in yourself by demanding respect from your staff. I would kill for her position.

Viewer
Viewer

Fire Taylor- enough said

dollface
dollface

You are such a drama queen and Roger is he straight cause my gay dar is all over him. Or maybe metro

MAC
MAC

Rachel! You are an incredible strong woman that I admire very much. I cannot wait for the new season! I think I will have to get the girls together this week and have a Zoe event with Banana Split Daquiris, Rachel's Banana Martini, Banana Chips and… well... you get the idea . I can't believe I am writing this, I never blog. You have inspired me to go for what I want…… So here goes…… I think I want to work for you. I have a good job now but it’s not really the one I want. I want to be involved in creating and seeing something become real, to see a vision realized. I don't care if I have to unpack boxes for years or what small part I play as long as I am part of the team and have a chance to grow and learn and be creative, be busy and get organized. I love to organize! I also love fashion, it wasn't my major, I didn't really have a major I took classes in everything. I have had a successful career so far and have always put 110% into my work. I love being with people, I haven’t met anyone I couldn’t work with. I have some suggestions regarding the space that you keep your beautiful one of a kind dream clothes- Rachel’s Dream Closet , needs to be reworked. It needs to be organized in a way that it is easy to find what you are looking for and as items come in they need to be cataloged and a schedule needs to be prepared with who you are dressing for what event. Then items need to be rated with those events in mind. Then, top rated items (the top bananas) can be brought out for your fashion optioning, the jewelry, dresses and shoe options, need to be fully dressed and set aside so that you have several clear visions of their options. You need a closet makeover and you need procedures and check lists for all of this so that you don’t have any kit mishaps. You need logistic planning so that you never have to worry that your staff or yourself will be too late or so late or unplanned that it can’t be fixed on Oscar day. I realize you are already doing this, it just needs to be refined. You need me Rachel. You just don’t know it yet. I can’t really explain it, I just feel it in my bones that I am supposed to help you. I know you probably think this is crazy because I think it’s kind of crazy too. But I just had to say that and put it out there, whether anything comes of it or not. If you interested in hearing more, just email me and we can chat. Wishing you the best season yet and much success! MAC in Houston (the one that's not afraid to make a complete ass of herself on the internet. :)

Theresa
Theresa

Hi Rachel, I absolutely love your eye for fashion. You are a true inspiration. It is also refreshing to see a "boss" who cares so much for her employees. Jennifer G. looked amazing, as did Cameron... I just want to be your friend! Is that possible? Theresa

Viewer
Viewer

I love you! I Love you! I Love you! My favorite Rachelism is "I am coming undone..." I totally got scared and could feel myself coming undone wit ya GIRL! I am sooooo there for the new season! Don't keep me waiting so long next time! Roger and your Dad are too cool for school... Love to them both.

lindsey f
lindsey f

hey rachel. i absolutely love your show. i know you got your start as an assistant at YM magazine but how would you suggest someone else to break into the business. fashion is my absolute obsession. i would love to get started in the styling business. if you have any advice that would be great!

Jen
Jen

Hey Rachel, just wondering how you got your start in the fashion industry? If you went to college and what courses you took to help you out in fashion? If you could give me any information, or if anyone could throw out a few pointers for me that would be really great!...one more year til college...guess i have to start thinking about my life eh?

Sunshine
Sunshine

OMG I LOVE YOUR SHOW!!! I am soo glad their will be more to see, I was soo bummed when the last season ended. I really dig all the behind the scenes of what you and your team does to make all of Hollywood look so beautiful. This is the best reality t.v. ever! I can't even look away for a second. I never really thought about fashion that much, but after watching your show for the first time it really intrigued and inspired me to see clothing & dressing from head to toe as art. Being an artist myself, I want to thank you for that & I really respect what you do. I'm excited to see your own line and I love your vintage style. You and Rodger are soo cute I can't wait for you two to have kids, they'll be so beautiful. Love the name by the way and the Greatful Dead ROCKS!

Sunshine

Kenneth Fron
Kenneth Fron

I loved The Rachel Zoe Project. I had TiVO'd it and it was great to watch. I even went and bought the book: Style A to ZOE. I really, really hope there will PLEASE be a 2nd Season!!!! I am a jewelry designer and it was very, very inspirational and educational.

Jodi
Jodi

Thank god there is a second season Rachel! I LOVE your show!

Shelley
Shelley

You're the best! Is there a season 2? Please get this show back on Bravo!!!

Judy
Judy

Rachel, I love your show, especially Fashion Week. What vintage stores do you go to in NYC?

Stace
Stace

Rachel Zoe I wish you would feel sorry for a GA girl size 15 and design an out fit for her, anything purple and black I'm a 48 yr old blond and will never show my age.Thank You

Sofia
Sofia

My name is Sofia, I'm an 21 years old swedish girl and a big fan of yours. My life is all about clothes & styling, my heart beats for fashion. Being able to work full time with styling would be a dream come true. The reason why i'm heading abroad is that Sweden has no market nor demand for this profession and that i want to learn from the best. During autumn09 & spring10 I’ve planed to attend some intensive courses in styling & fashion. One can choose between intensive daytime (shorter period) & part time weekend. Which make it possible to work as an apprentice, intern or assistant meanwhile. If the job needs all my time i'm ofcourse not taking any courses. So i wonder if you by any chance are in need of an apprentice, intern or assistant?

I'm very outgoing, ambitious, systematic, willing to work, openminded and most important of all i have good taste and a perfect eye for styling. If you do not, can you please recomend anyone who might be interested?

Love your works!

Sofia

Viewer
Viewer

M completely in love with the show...its is ama..ha..zing..!! So what does one have to do to become your assistant???? I have always been in love with fashion and majored is fashion designing as well. I can never get enough of it. Watching your show has made me recollect of the lost wish to become a fashion stylist for celebs.....thanks

Viewer
Viewer

Great great show. BTW saying Roger is/was a 'banker' is wearing thin - Rodg hasn't worked a day in his life. Hope you come back soon.

Katy
Katy

RACHEL i am OBSESSED with the show. i really hope that you are able to make a second season. i bought the first one on itunes and i think im in love. your gorgeous and a role model for me. I have had dreams of being a stylist one day and watching you has really made me realize that if i put my mind to it, my dream really can come true. so thank you for everything and cant wait for the upcoming seasons!

Calvin
Calvin

I just wanted to say that this show is perhaps the best reality show that I've seen, simply because of it's content and what it has to offer. It provides insight to a life that the average person would never have to a profession that most people didn't know existed. Yet at the same time, it has shown how "real" you are, and not just a fake, staged, actress. I really do like how you are all in the style/fashion industry, yet you do not act like the stereotypical valley girl or Beverley Hills snob. You all are wonderful people, and I wish the world had more hard working individuals with hearts, like you.

Suzzz
Suzzz

I just recently watched your shows back to back for the first time. You seem to be a sensitive and caring person with your family and staff. I really enjoyed the show. Until I realized all the FUR you were wearing so proudly. OMG!!! Please tell us that they are fake FURS. I can't even imagine a women like yourself that is so beautiful wearing so many dead animals around your neck. Please tell me it isn't so, then I can rest easier.

Undercover Viewer
Undercover Viewer

i just want to know if Rachel Zoe actually reads these emails cause i have hard time believing she is for real at all in the show or real life? i really love her and hope that she can prove to us that she is real life still even after the show is over! thanks for your time....rachael email me please....i luv u and your style send me something you bitch!! i am famous too...you just don't know who i really am...lol! guess...email me!!

Viewer
Viewer

I'm sorry, but I don't think anyone could or would take you serious with an employee like Taylor. She is the devil. I don't care how well you know each other's temperment, you should NEVER in a million years talk to a superior the way she does. It just doesn't say much for you as a person. Get rid of her. She is just a horrible person. You can find someone else with MUCH more talent and who will respect you as an employer.

AJ
AJ

I watched a few episodes of the RZP for the first time this morning and wow.....how pathetic. Im always amazed at how these people lose sight of whats really important in life when they gain fame or get involved in the celebrity whirlwind. I hope Rachel watches this show so she can see how ridiculous she is. Stop saying "like" every other word and calling Molly Sims "Molls". ugh!

Linda
Linda

Hi Rachel...I have only watched one show (watching another as I type) Love it & I think you are fabulous!

hammer time
hammer time

Rachael:

Wholly cow...you and the team are amazing. when will you strart your own line of products? We'd love to buy them!!!