By Cait Rohan | September 11, 2015 | People
We rang fashion multi-hyphenate Rachel Zoe to find out how she’s turning the talk show world chic with Fashionably Late with Rachel Zoe, what to expect from her collection at New York Fashion Week, and why she wants to design a children’s line.
Rachel Zoe (CENTER) costars with Vanity Fair's Derek Blasberg (LEFT) and her husband Rodger Berman (RIGHT) in her upcoming TV show, Fashionably Late with Rachel Zoe.
To say Rachel Zoe is busy is the ultimate understatement. The married mother of two knows how to keep the fashion world guessing—in just a few years her chic empire has expanded from revered celebrity stylist to reality TV star, designer for her eponymous line, author of two fashion tomes (with one more on the way), editor for The Zoe Report, hair savior with blowdry bar Dreamdry (which she brought to Chicago earlier this year), and philanthropist. Next up, Zoe will turn the talk show format on its head with Fashionably Late with Rachel Zoe, a Lifetime series costarring her husband Rodger Berman and Vanity Fair man on the street Derek Blasberg that premieres on September 24. The show will feature the quintessential couch and celebrity guests, but will focus on fashion and probably be the chicest thing to hit the genre.
We caught up with Zoe on the first day of New York Fashion Week to get some pro NYFW survival tips and hints about her own runway, hear more about her upcoming talk show, and find out why designing for the pint-size set might be next.
Congratulations on your upcoming show Fashionably Late with Rachel Zoe! Tell us a little bit about it.
RACHEL ZOE: God, I am incredibly excited to do it. It’s completely different than my last show [The Rachel Zoe Project]. It’s a talk show, but a very casual, glamorous, fun talk show. Basically it’s really good friends sitting on a chair and a couch in a really pretty setting shot at night, with one celebrity guest every night, and just talking about all the relevant things happening in the world of fashion and pop culture and all of that.
Any hints you can give us about those celebrity guests?
RZ: No. [Laughs]. No I can’t. You’ll have to watch and see. But there will be people that everyone essentially wants to see, or hear what they have to say, let’s put it that way.
New York Fashion Week starts today. Any predictions about what we’ll see on the runway?
RZ: There are always dominant trends that come for spring—flouncy dresses and bold prints and things like that. I’m hoping to see a lot of really bold, kind of modern florals and romance, but in a cool, modern way. I love spring. I love fall more [though] because of coats and jackets and sweaters, but spring, I feel, is always fresh and I’m really excited to see what is happening. I’m [also] just kind of excited about color; just really beautiful, rich color.
And any hints about what to expect from your brand on the runway?
RZ: This particular collection has kind of this modern gypsy, romantic, very luxe, bohemia feel to it. [There are] just tons of dresses that you want to really live in every day and then also wear during the day with flats and then dress up with a messy top-knot for nighttime. [There are also] some incredible suede and leather pieces, of course, because I think you should wear suede and leather all-year round. [The collection has] a beautiful, beautiful color palette.
What are your tips for looking refreshed and chic even at the height of Fashion Week craziness?
RZ: Oh God, I would say it’s always good to have a uniform that you know kind of works. [Something like] your favorite go-to pants and jackets and shirts that work with everything and you know you can spend very long amounts of time in throughout the day because you’re going to be running from place to place.
Going backwards a little bit, what are some of your favorite trends for fall?
RZ: For fall, I just want to wear big, chunky knit sweaters, leather jackets, and boots. That’s kind of my uniform. I love bomber jackets and shearling jackets, any form of a jacket I could possibly have makes me happy.
Zoe (with one of her sons, Skyler, and her husband, Rodger Berman, at New York Fashion Week's Paul Frank Industries' Spring/Summer 2016 collection show), says she hopes to design children's clothing at some point.
So, you have two sons. Would you ever get into designing children’s’ clothing?
RZ: Absolutely, I really look forward to it. I hope that I can do it; it’s just that right now I’m so laser-focused on the collection that I just really want to work on that full-time. [But] kids’ [fashion] for sure I would love to do in the future because it’s just so much fun. There’s nothing more fun than getting kids dressed. They’re so cute.
You’re a huge supporter of Super Saturday and you’re even hosting the first Super Saturday in Las Vegas next weekend. Why is this cause so close to your heart?
RZ: OCRF [Ovarian Cancer Research Fund] has been important to me forever, as long as I can remember. My mother has lost her two best friends in the world that I’ve known since I was born, [they were] like second mothers to me, to ovarian cancer. So it’s one of those things we have to keep fighting constantly because there’s no cure and there’s no early detection.
You’re a stylist, designer, editor, author, you have Dreamdry, and you’ve done TV shows. What do you hope to accomplish next?
RZ: I really hope people love the TV show. That would be incredible for me if we have a successful run with the TV show because I want it to really bring a kind of light [to fashion and pop culture] and be an escape for people at night to just watch something and remove themselves and have fun for 30 minutes. That would make me really happy. We are producing a lot of things internally with our production company and I plan to start writing my third book really soon. So that’s kind of what’s happening right now. [I’m] continuing to grow The Zoe Report [and] we’re launching e-commerce in the New Year, so that’s exciting.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY SLAVEN VLASIC/GETTY IMAGES FOR PAUL FRANK INDUSTRIES (FASHION WEEK)
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