Oscar, You Shouldn't Have

Rodger Berman reflects on Oscar Week with Rachel Zoe.


I have to admit, the last episode was hard for me to watch. Being in the house during Oscar week was pure hell. Every year, I threaten to leave for the week leading up to the Oscars and every year Rachel persuades me to stay because she "needs my support." It used to be fun when we'd actually go to the parties the week leading up to and after the Oscars. But for the past several years, Rachel has been too busy before the awards, and afterwards too spent, to go to anything. So, I basically get all the craziness, attitude and chaos in the house without any of the benefits. Sounds like I'm married.

While it may seem crazy to an outsider (or even an insider) that everyone gets so worked up, the Oscars is really the annual pinnacle for Rachel and some could argue for fashion in general. On top of the pressures of working under tight deadlines to find the perfect look, one thing I'd like to highlight that doesn't come through in this episode is the huge amount of pressure and politics that happen from the designers (publicists) for placement.

Each year, Rachel is offered (and declines) cash, trips, gifts etc. and is literally stalked so that she can "make sure" a certain dress, jewel or shoe is on a client. In the designer successfully gets placement, the exposure and subsequent sales that are generated amount to literally millions of dollars. Entire teams converge in LA with the sole purpose (no pun intended) of getting their items on A-list actors/actresses.

So, on top of the intense pressure of making the perfect look, navigating the politics with designers and their publicists (many of them close friends to Rachel) only adds to the overall pressure of the Oscars. Since this is the last episode, and hence last blog, I wanted to thank everyone for watching the show and also being involved online. Thanks for the great comments - especially everyone who wrote that I'm the perfect husband. I tried to solidify my title this episode with the Porsche. I think it might have worked. As of today, we really have no idea if we'll be back but we all hope we will be (except Taylor of course, but she'll come around...she always does).

All of Team Zoe's Children

Rodger reflects on this season, on how Skyler has changed Rachel, and how Skyler should dress.

When it comes to Skyler's wardrobe, Rachel and I have very different opinions on how he should dress. Or how both of us men should dress for that matter! What can I say -- I think I look pretty irresistible in a tank top and a trucker hat.

Seeing Rachel's face when I brought Sky home with his new clothes was priceless. I know she didn't want to admit it, but he looked so cute in his Grateful Dead t-shirt. I want Sky to look like a tough little boy, how is he going to do that in a cashmere onesie?

I can't believe this season is over already! Over the past five years everyone has been able to see Rachel and I evolve in all aspects of our lives. From business to family, it seems our entire world is miles away from where we started. This past season in particular felt very different from the rest. Having a baby has really changed Rachel and I, both separately as well as a couple. Everything has so much more purpose now, more meaning. Even in business, the stakes are raised because we now have someone else depending on us. In addition to all of our work "kids." It’s been such a great ride, I can't wait for everyone to see all of the amazing things Team Zoe has in store!

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