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Bravotv.com: So, you got the phone call from Naomi. What was that like?
It was like, “Oh, my God, I need to do this. How am I doing this?” You know, it was kind of like one of those things. You can’t pick the timing of one of the biggest earthquakes in history, a disaster, and it’s like, you know what? I’ve been knocking my brain, since the earthquake happened, about, “What more do I do?” Do I donate money? There’s got to be more that I can do. This is the perfect thing. It was just the perfect thing, so, I was super excited. It was an adrenaline rush, and when you’re working that hard for such a good reason, it would be the most gratifying thing I’ve done in my career. It was just kind of like, when you work that hard every day, and when you’re doing it and you know every bit of that money is going to save lives, and for Haiti relief, you think, “Oh, my God, I just want to do one of these once a month.”
Bravotv.com:It seemed that you didn't have as many donations as you needed at the beginning.
I think it’s one of those things. It’s a perfect example of training. On-the-job training. Brad hadn’t done a fashion show. And I’ve worked on a lot of fashion shows in my life, and a lot of times when you’re doing fashion shows, you’re working on one designer’s collection; you’re not collecting samples, you know what I mean? And this is one of the things that was challenging, of course. You know, we had to make it happen. It was something we couldn't take lightly. This was just something, that I think I expected a lot more to be there than there actually was. So it was just like, “Oy,” you know?
So, but at the same time, it was like everyone was donating their time, you have to keep that as a reference, but nonetheless, you treat it the same way. It doesn’t matter if it’s a charity, they’ll treat it as it’s a major honor. It was 92 looks for God’s sake.
Bravotv.com: Were you treating Naomi like a client?
Well, yeah. Naomi and I have been friends for a long time. We have worked together in the past and for sure, I looked at this as being hired for a job, which I was, and not wanting to let anybody down. A lot of pressure. It was insanity is what it was. We really did have the fittings like five minutes before the show. Yeah it was insane. Hence the term “supermodel.”
Bravotv.com: And it was the day before you got the news about Alexander McQueen?
Oh my God, yeah. Literally the day before. Literally the day before the show, and, you know, obviously it was one of the most devastating moments in fashion history for sure, I mean, a lot of the models involved in the show like Lena, and Elfin and, Angela Limball, and especially Naomi, were very, very, very close to Alexander McQueen for many, many years. So it was one of those things, and I have to give Naomi so much credit, because, you know, most people would have canceled the show and just cracked under, you know, under, under, you know, this whole thing. You know, we’re completely blindsided and not able to cope with it, and she just rallied and was like, you know, “We gotta do this.” And we did that amazing tribute at the end of the show and everything and, you know, everyone cried, and it was just one of those things, you know? It was a very emotional show. Very emotional show. You know, just seeing these ninety looks come down and all these people put in effort and everything else, and all the clothes that were being donated and all of that and at the end—and you realize that’s all for Haiti relief—and then, the Alexander McQueen tribute, and you’re just like, “Oh, my God. Don’t know if I could take this.”
Bravotv.com: Did this affect your scheduling and planning for other Fashion Week events?
I had to cancel a lot of meetings and stuff that I booked for a few days before I came, but yeah, I pretty much cleared everything.
Bravotv.com: It seemed like Jordan and Ashley really held it down on the West Coast.
They’re great. They were both superstars. Jordan has really gone from being an intern to being a complete star. She’s just amazing. She works so hard. I have never seen her sitting down. Seriously amazing. I’m not kidding. I’m like, “Jordan, sit.” She’s like, “No, it’s fine.” She’s awesome and she did a great job. It’s great. I was very blessed. It’s an incredible team.
Bravotv.com: We see a little bit of tension between you and Brad, which we don't usually see.
Oh yeah, I think what happens with Brad and I is, you know, because we’re so close, I think sometimes we could be like a married couple, an old married couple, and just start to bicker, get like snippy with each other because you can only really do it with people you are super-comfortable with. And I think that was one of those moments where I was really, really frustrated, and I didn’t love my choices, and I knew that there wasn’t enough. I knew Naomi was going to be really freaked out; it just wasn’t enough. But what I try and do is try and prepare him for that, by saying that there is not enough, and you have to understand there isn’t enough. You can’t paint this like, “Oh, we'll get more options tomorrow.” It’s like, “We need this now,” and so, that’s kind of how things go. It’s almost like tough love sometimes, and it only happens a few times a year, but that’s sort of as tough as I get, but sometimes I just get a little short-fused. And then at the end I’m like, “I’m sorry.”
Bravotv.com: Have you ever seen Brad freaked out? Because I kind of see that he was more freaked out, but wasn’t verbalizing it.
Well yeah, he kind of does. He gets really quiet, which then freaks me out. We sort of have this brother-sister married couple sort of thing, this rapport, where we just get a little quiet or we get a little pissy or just get like short. And that’s kind of what happened.
Bravotv.com: And we can't not talk about Gwen Stefani.
She’s awesome. She’s amazing. She’s like the coolest girl ever. She’s unreal. She just is. She’s unreal. I’m just a huge fan of hers. I think if you looked up “quintessential cool” in the dictionary: Gwen Stefani. Seriously. She’s like this incredible mother. She’s an amazing wife. Unbelievable style. Her kids are amazing. And she puts so much into that clothing line. She’s really hands-on. And you could see it. You could see her in the clothes.
I'm glad you were able to do the Fashion for Haiti show. I know it means so much to the people who have suffered quite a bit after the devastating quake. Both you and Naomi did a fantastic job - even though both of you were completely stressed out and freaked out by Alexander McQueen dying. It just shows how completely focused you can be no matter what!
Why all the freaking out?!?!
Every episode you're standing around shaking, and unsure you can complete the task at hand.
Many people are in high profile jobs, and have the skills to cope with the pressure.
You, Rachel, make me nervous, and it's very hard to watch.
Rachel, I enjoy watching your show but you were too hard on Brad during the Haiti show. He called everyone requesting clothes and they just didn't donate. It was not his fault at all. He did his best and you kept blaming him. Of course, if you or Naomi calls, people will be more likely to give you clothes. You owe him an apology. It was not his fault.
LAST NIGHT'S EPISODE WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITES!!! YOU AND BRAD DID A FABULOUS JOB AND IT ALL WORKED OUT IN THE END. THE FASHION SHOW WAS REALLY A HUGE SUCCESS AND THE TRIBUTE AT THE END WAS VERY TOUCHING AS WELL. YES, IT WAS CRAZINESS UNTIL THE END BUT THAT COMES WITH THE TERRITORY. YOU BOTH PULLED IT OFF AS I KNEW YOU BOTH WOULD! EVERYONE HANDLES STRESS DIFFERENTLY, BUT IN THE END WHEN THE JOB IS DONE, IT ONLY MAKES THE BOND BETWEEN YOU AND BRAD EVEN STRONGER!!! BECAUSE YOU ARE A TEAM AND YOU WON'T LET EACHOTHER DOWN!!! LUV YOU GUYS!!! XOXO SALLYANN, NEW YORK CITY!!!!
love love love your show and this one did not disappoint! You are an inspiration to me and starting my career back up again
Hi Rachel! I love the show! You all did an amazing job with the fashion show for Haiti. But you were a lil too hard on Brad. He did do everything he could in 24 hrs!! He knows what he is doing and was freaking out as much as you were! I mean if anything Naomi is the one who gave you the last minute notice. It is no ones fault that the clothing didnt come in at the time you wanted it to but Naomi(having lots of experience in fashion shows) should have came to her senses and realized it wasnt gonna be that easy!I guess in a way she did because she was offering a lot of help! It should have just been a whole team effort thing rather than a brad job.
Regarding the task given to Brad and collecting items... Isn't it natural that some designers would react to a request differently from Brad than one from you ? Or from Miss Campbell? Poeple can only jump so high... any comment?
I realize Brad works for you, but you largely put it on him to pull together the Haiti show. I thought that was unfair of you to be short with him when you basically accepted a difficult proposition, then dumped it his lap. He's a great guy and an excellent employee. You should realize how lucky you are to have him and treat him appropriately. Otherwise, don't be surprised if he parlays his success into a new gig that doesn't require him to be kicked around like a rag doll. (I don't mean to be harsh, but hopefully you get my point.)
On a sidenote, Gwen's black leather outfit was so badass!
I cannot imagine how hard it is to do what you guys do. All I know is I love fashion , and if my life had been different 25 years ago - I would be doing what you are doing. ;) Stress is stress and you still pull off the job at hand - cameras in front of your face and all. Keep it up - all of you. (Brad and the crew on the west coast) Life has a way of working out, so if you want a family just do it. I always learn something from the show, so keep it up.
I have three beautiful children, but with them i feel very ugly right now. Please help me and tell us how you style your hair. It looks so simple. Thank you
I think that what you did this week was awesome! You and your team having the resources at your finger tips, did the best that you could,with what you had. I love what you do to the point that I have to record your show,because I travel for a living.I also love the fact that you work with people of different shapes and sizes.(I'm 5"8 and I take between a 10-12) Your advice that you give helps people of all shapes and sizes.Also adding your husband to the mix was such a wonderfull ideal! I'm still going BANNANAS over your show! Keep up the good work!
I love your show! This is by far my favorite show on Bravo. I find you and Brad fascinating and fun and I am intrigued by your sense of style and glamour. I will tune in every week, maybe some of your fashion sense will rub off on me.
McQueens taking of his own life was "obviosly the most devastating moment in fashion history".....(your quote). Really Rach ? What was the murder of Gianni Versace - a walk in the park ? Shame on you.
Again, the superficial nature of the people is extremely hard to get past; But I'm trying youknowlikeohmygod!!!???
Why are you so mean to Brad? you should realize very few others would indulge with your behavior. It is B-A-N-A-N-A-S!
Rolling my eyes...are you kidding me? People overstate their feelings --all the time. We all do, so what? You're obviously a drama queen with that line about the Versace murder and "walk in the park?" Pretty ridiculous post. Are you really so offended or just a hater?
sadly, most of the donated food sat in warehouses for months while children starved. And Naomi is ridiculously abusing her power by dumping the load on you. Rachel the way you worship famous people is sickening. But I do love the show, I must admit. Gwen Stefani is not the second coming.
I am hanging in there with your show, but must say, Taylor really had style, knowledge and that kick that made the show interesting and fun to watch.
I have to wonder if your new assistant wouldn't be agreeable to a style make over herself.....and she doesn't add anything either style wise or personality wise to the show - at least that is what is shown, and this may not be a fair statement.
It should be the Rachel/Brad show. And seeing Roger filmed with that silly scarf on is just hilarious, as you can tell he hates it! I love seeing him with a beer watching football!
You should take a lesson, you have a great guy, who is lonley a take a look in the mirror and realize that you are spending way too much time catering to the rich and famous who don't really give you a second thought; and completely ignoring a man who seems to love you. I doubt he will be second or third best forever, nor should he.
When you marry someone, it's time to realize that person's happiness is more important than your own ego. You are not doing it for the money.
You are such a name dropper, and all about me me me and designer clothes that you have. I'm surprised your hubby stays with you.
Sounds like some of you take this show WAY too serious.....she's a name dropper, its all about her....um, its the Rachel Zoe show so it is all about her. And her job is in high end fashion....famous people wearing high end couture....not you and I shopping at Target or Macys. Would you watch a show about shopping at Kmart? I wouldn't. I want to see Chanel on Kate Hudson....and that is what her JOB is. It is FASHION people.....take it with a grain of salt, on a spoon from Tiffanys of course! Seems like Roger and her have been together along time and I don't think he would want her doing anything else....she is doing what she loves and isn't that what you want for your partner in life? Love ya Rach...so much fun. Love you too Brad!!
Its the Rachel Zoe show but it should be about....? Tiger Woods? Yeah it is all about her, because it is!! That is why the show is named after her...get it?
Naomi wanted the glory at everyone else's expense, and you feel right into her web..Congrats Rachel cause I didn't hear Naomi say your name at the end of the show, if it were not for your show know one would of known you help.. I would never want Naomi for a friend, cause one would have to look over your shoulder all the time to make sure she didn't put something in it. Just saying - and you should give Brad a big hand and raise for his last min. help, not blame him for the lack of clothes/ that was Naomi's job - she has people to do that and yet she can't or doesn't know how to pick clothes how funny is that..Give Roger a break and speed time with him and have a baby..Just saying
Just started watching your show. It is hard watching you wonderful husband's needs being placed high up on the shelf. A life partner is the greatest success along with children, hands down. He is right when he says everyone has a drug and "yours is fashion". You are the best no doubt. Roger is also correct stating that in the blink of an eye, you WILL miss out of the forever experience of having a child. Please don't blink, wake up. Get your priorites in order.
Love the Rachel and Brad duo! Don't hate "person who said if they were Brad they'd get a divorce"- they're adorable and it's bitterness is never a good thing!
Wow, People!! All the negativity?? Rachel, I think your amazing and have handled the trauma of losing a friend and co-worker with grace. We all would have blasted you with questions had you not told us what happened with Taylor; don't see why everyone is upset by this. I think you and Brad are a great team and and love love your picks for the Harpers shoot. You're ability to see what will be fantastic is awesome to watch. Keep it up!
The second show was a little more intersting. However it still lacks the passion for fashion of the previous 2 seasons. Just glimpses of the fashion world but lots of footage of Rachel worrying, Rodger having a pity party ....come on lets see a smile or a bit of excitement on your face. If you are not enjoyng the fashon world anymore....close up shop and take on a smaller biz that won't stress you out and ruin your marriage. I was glad Rodger ditched the scarves, his hair is a little better - less Bieber. Naomi made the show top notch.
What a great episode! Rachel, you are such a class act. You treated people with respect and seem so kind. You even seem to fight fair with Roger. Good luck to you and all you do.
Rachel, You are a sweetheart, but BREATH sweetie its all going to go just the way its meant to go. I do love to watch your show. You and Brad do make a good team, and GOD bless your patient loving husband. I've been married 30 yrs. and I am so grateful for his patients. Good luck with this season, and I won't miss an episode!
I loved your styling for the Help for Haiti runway show...the tribute honoring Alexander McQueen honestly brought tears to my eyes. It was so moving to watch. Bravo played a beautiful song during the tribute...a meloncholy guitar solo that I've heard played at other points during various episodes. What is the name of that song...it is so beautiful.