Rachel! Rachel! Rachel!

I’ve been watching Rachel Zoe super blitz her publicity circuit for tonight’s season opening of The Rachel Zoe Project, hitting Good Morning America first this morning, and I’m so excited for the new season to begin. Watching Rachel’s journey from last season’s trepidation over becoming a mother, and how that could possibly negatively impact her career, are followed up by this season’s storyline of Rachel’s pregnancy and delivery of their first child, Skyler Morrison. Add to this the start of her first high end clothing collection, separate from her QVC line, and her typical stylist duties creating red carpet celebrity moments, and I’m excited to see Rachel triumph over her fears and become more of the woman she is meant to be.

Teasers on Regis & Kelly included footage of Rachel feeling less than happy about the methodology of Brad’s behavior post-departure. There hasn’t been much buzz, good or bad, in the press from either Zoe or Brad’s camp, with both making neutral remarks in previous interviews. I remember reading a blurb where Brad told press he sent a mountain of Hermes toys for Skyler as presents. Which makes me wonder, what did Rachel do with those toys? Donate them to Goodwill? Can you imagine… browsing a Goodwill bin and finding some Hermes items sitting there? But I digress….

Geez, it’s been a long 13 months.

Published in: on September 6, 2011 at 11:26 am  Leave a Comment  
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“It’s the mooost wonderful tiiiime of the year…”

August might be my favorite month of TV. All good things return in August, including my Rachel Zoe, and of course Project Runway just started last week. It’s like all my dormant fashion genes get reactivated and suddenly my mind is swimming in the notion of finding wild prints to mix and silhouettes to explore.

It’s always too early to find a favorite on Project Runway when there are so many designers they barely fit on the runway. But Bert’s humor and his standout boxer short/dress made him memorable for week one. And I’m curious to see what Anja, the Miss Universe contestant who professes to only 4 months of sewing skills, can do. According to her, this week was her first attempt at making pants, and the judges loved them. Will her beginner’s luck run out, or is there a genuine wizard in the making we’re seeing?

Oh, blessed August… that special time of year that brings me back to life, and couture dreams dance through my head like sugarplums while I mix and match items from my wardrobe, and scour ebay for incredible deals. Oh blessed Rachel Zoe, who is pregnant like a Madonna this season and assuredly the most delightfully absurdly in love with fashion now that she has her own line to express herself with. I will reserve my opinion of her Brad-placement until I get a better look but my first impression was… meh. But, did I mention Rach is preggers?

This is the time of the year that I claim back some of my estrogen and force the boys and men whom I cohabitate with to learn words like “color palette” and “Irish linen,” while enduring runway look, after look, after blessed look.

And then, just a few weeks away from now, it finally arrives… the September issue. The culmination point of a year of ad campaigns and runway trends. The issue whose weight leaves dents in your legs as you page through it. Truly, there is much to be grateful for, my friends.

Published in: on August 2, 2011 at 4:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tonight’s “Don’t Miss” Fashion TV

Seriously, people. Pay attention, for tonight may promise to be some gooooood Fashion TV. And yes, it’s on Bravo… go figure.

Tonight is the Fashion Show where the Real Housewives of Orange County, as well as a sprinkling of Housewives from New Jersey, are getting a make-under by our contestants. And from the teasers they’re showing, it looks like Calvin was paired with Teresa… fireworks? Train wreck? Shark tank? All deliciously intriguing possibilities.

And, if that weren’t enough to please me while doing more Christmas gift knitting tonight, there’s Watch What Happens Live with guests Iman and Diane von Furstenberg.

DIANE VON FURSTENBERG! I love everything about her, in fact I adore her. I love her clothes, I love her face, I love her work, I love her tweets, and I *love* wearing her clothes.

Truly it’s Don’t Miss Fashion TV… you can’t blame it on me if you forget to set your DVRs. I warned ya!

Published in: on December 14, 2010 at 10:47 am  Comments (1)  
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The Fashion Show on Bravo

Did you see the premiere last week?

After last year’s inaugural season, I had some mixed feelings about how successful I expected the show to be the second time around. But they’ve revamped the format just enough — and they brought in Iman to replace Kelly Rowland… I mean really, it’s Iman!!! — to make me curious.

After watching last week, I love what they’ve done! Instead of individual designers always competing against each other (a la Project Runway) they’ve split the contestants into two “fashion houses” to compete against each other (a la Red Kitchen and Blue Kitchen in Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen, another fave of mine). Losing team means one contestant goes home.

My immediate favorite to win, and the same one who won the opening challenge, was Cesar. Kinda loved his point of view. First love-to-hate award goes to the pretentious Calvin, although his line, “Oh no, here go hell come,” was so tweetworthy, I considered pausing the DVR and grabbing the laptop (but didn’t).

So November this year means no Project Runway and no Rachel Zoe, but we do have the Fashion Show. Kinda psyched for tomorrow, are you?

Published in: on November 15, 2010 at 12:50 pm  Comments (1)  
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Project Runway finale… well?

I’ve been slow to blog about much of anything with Project Runway since this season began. It became clear, with all his wins, that Mondo would be the certain winner, but the real story (I felt) was which two would accompany him.

And then? And then, Gretchen won. And Heidi and Jessica & Nina and Madame Kors argued voraciously, and tweets were twittered, and vlog’s appeared, like Tim’s…

…which makes you wonder if Tim has pushed it to the point of being fired (would they dare?) from the show for speaking his truth.

But I agreed that Gretchen’s collection had a cohesive feel, it was in keeping with the collection she had made all season (wearable separates with a distinctly granola feel). But Chloe’s hippy chic has been in keeping for decades, and I even mentioned that someone like Gretchen would do well to intern next at Diane von Furstenberg. She has the eye for prints (although I know many a ho that hated Gretchen’s tastes) and she plays with unusual hemlines, and necklines, which is also very much in keeping with a lot of DVF. Diane could polish Gretchen’s rough edges.

And Mondo? Mondo has a vision, for certain, but his collection was the kissing cousin to Seth Aaron’s from last season. Neon color, oversize graphic prints, tons of plaid, all the same earmarks as Seth Aaron’s. So while Mondo’s talent is beyond dispute, I think he would flourish under the guidance of Betsey Johnson (did ya see her cameo? so cute, love me some Betsey).

And Mondo would KILL it at Heatherette.

Lastly, there’s Andy. His draping was gorgeous, but why the judges gave him a pass on the most monotone color story I’ve seen (sea foam, anyone?) but crucified Michael C. for the same issue? Don’t get it. Just don’t.

The big boy bloggers are feeling pretty “over it” about PR. I agree, it would be nice to drop so many 1 day challenges, and focus on something more design oriented again.

But I will keep watching. (Shrug) Addict.

Published in: on November 4, 2010 at 11:53 am  Comments (2)  

Is Rach preggers?

Wha- wha- what? It was chasingbunnies, the Bravo Ho knitter with the celebrity radar set on kill, who spotted this…

Rachel Zoe is pregnant?

Or is it all just spin control?

Everyone’s talking about it, regardless.

I sent her a Mazel Tov tweet on the chance the rumor is true. If it is, I pray that she was in a position to release this information voluntarily, since these things can sometimes leak earlier than a family is ready to discuss. At three months along, with the first trimester behind her, some celebrity moms do decide to come forward with the news at that point in their pregnancy.

I would love to hear Rachel and Rodger are ready to expand the familia, most wonderful news if it is indeed the truth. No official word from the Zoe Camp seems to have been released at this time. Let’s not forget today is Brad’s last official day in the company as well. Perhaps a new chapter in her life is just beginning?

Published in: on October 1, 2010 at 2:05 pm  Comments (2)  
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Brad and Rachel split

It’s all over the news today… Brad Goreski is leaving Rachel Zoe Inc.!

Was it an amicable break up?

Or was it brutal?

And what will Brad do next?

If I could send a 23 year old clone of myself to L.A. and beat down Rachel’s doors, I’d do it!

Published in: on September 29, 2010 at 3:31 pm  Comments (1)  
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Rachel Zoe finale underwhelming

I’m so depressed by that fizzle of a season finale for the Rachel Zoe Project that I don’t have anything happy to say about it.

Brad? Glad you heard yourself and your bad attitude, because I’ve been thinking you sound more and more like Taylor each episode. Three years seems to be the breaking point… Taylor’s malaise began at her 3 year mark. Now it’s Brad’s turn.

Rodger? Go get a job that doesn’t involve your wife and hire someone to do whatever it is that you do for her company. It’s your only hope of saving your sanity, and perhaps your marriage. Then you won’t be doing stupid things like sitting in cars outside client’s homes and waiting for her, or flying to New York City to accompany her to a Met Ball, which you aren’t even invited to, and pouting.

Rachel, Rachel, Rachel…. I find it sad that you can’t get past “how can I stop my life for 9 months to carry a baby” when the real question is, “How can I stop my life for 18 years while I raise a child?” The pregnancy is the easy part. Any time I see someone making life decisions based off fear and fear alone makes me sad. Her fear of miscarriage is paralyzing her.

However, let’s not forget Coco Chanel didn’t have children. Rachel is no Coco, but the analogy of a woman in the business of fashion still applies. Rachel’s invested 15 years of her life (by her estimation) building her business, that’s a lot to feel like you’re walking away from in order to become a mother. Diane von Furstenberg had 2 kids, but often quips she had a business and children, but didn’t have room for a husband. And doesn’t this point to a greater choice that every woman potentially faces in their own life? You and I may not be picking Oscar gowns, but we have faced the challenge of balancing work, family and marriage in our lives.

So, this season’s conflict boils down to this: Rodger wants a baby, and always really thought that he and his wife would have one, and Rachel doesn’t want a baby because she never really thought that she and her husband would have one.

Sad. This season leaves me sad. Sad for a couple who have serious problems in their marriage. Sad for Rachel, because giving up all that she’s worked to achieve would be petrifying to me too. I think I’m even sad for Brad, all burnt out at his job and “over it.” Come to think of it, I’m sad for Ashley the poor intern who got the sack for getting sick during Oscars.

I has a sad….

Published in: on September 23, 2010 at 7:49 am  Leave a Comment  
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No, but there is a Gretchen in “team”

What’s Project Runway’s answer to the cosmic, need-a-new-idea production question, “What’s worse than two designers working together and bitching at each other?” Why, SIX designers working together to create a cohesive collection, ego stroking each other throughout last night’s episode, at least until the lights came up and the judges were present.

And God forbid if you’re with Gretchen’s team, because guess what? Here comes the bus. When Tim called her out at the end of the show in a verbal dressing-down that would have left anyone feeling about 2 inches tall… I died. Jaw open, knitting down, died.  I almost felt bad for her, both being in the bottom two, and then Tim’s pronouncement after the judges’ harsh critique… because she had really put herself on a high pedestal. It musta hurt to hit bottom like that. What she does next will show her character to the viewers. And while we’re on the topic, let’s lose the see-through shirts with bra tops, and no more dancing in Mood.

And who doesn’t love a comeback, eh? Way to go Casanova, that outfit was gorgeous. I wanted it, I did. But the pouting and waiting for your model-turned-angel inspiration to kick in before returning to the work room was just a wee bit diva, don’t ya think? And what’s up with them pixie shoes? Michael C., pull back on the everybody-hates-me. Please? We get it, they don’t respect you, but enough is enough.

Other than that, the collections left me feeling flat, and that was a disappointment, because my Fall inspiration has been camel (got a blog in progress for it!) so I had high hopes there for Team Luxe. I’m also getting into military, as a theme for some wardrobe pieces, so Team Military Lace piqued my interest, and yet…. Sigh.

Published in: on August 27, 2010 at 2:20 pm  Comments (1)  

Rachel’s hunt for Oscar gowns, RZP3

Pros of this week’s episode:

  • Oscar de la Renta’s runway show, and backstage cameo interview appearance
  • Seeing Brian Atwood… and exactly why hasn’t he designed a shoe for me (yet)?
  • Seeing Rachel circa 1998 on her honeymoon, before blonde hair, with normal makeup, and chubby cheeked
  • The silver beaded Marchesa gown, with the gorgeous bow on the single shoulder, that closed the episode. This one made my heart flutter. Will Camaron wear it, or will Demi? Will it even show up on time?

Cons of this week’s episode:

  • Rodger fondling “intimacy kits” at the lingerie store with his sister-in-law in attendance
  • Brad mentioning Taylor… again and again and again and again and again
  • Rachel’s baby angst with her big sister. We get it already. Producers, please advance the plot, or quit belaboring the point. And yes, Rachel… having a child will change your priorities, but it’s not like you don’t have the resources to hire childcare assistance

Mehs of this week’s episode:

  • Michael Kors’ runway show and Rachel’s struggle to arrive on time, to anything, ever
  • The white Derek Lam gown that Brad went gaga over for Camaron Diaz’s potential Oscar gown, which never worked out anyhow
  • Rachel styling her QVC show… zzzzzzz
  • Rachel’s self-bought anniversary gift of rosegold handcuffs (but Rodger’s Rachel Zoe Barbie doll surprise gift redeemed the moment) 
  • Demi Moore’s cameo at the Donna Karan show
  • The white Calvin Klein shearling coat that Rachel considering absconding with
  • The entire Marc Jacobs show… “it’s theater?” Meh.

Next week… more Marchesa madness while Zoe’s in Milan. This week seemed to slow down the pace of the series, but the excess of runway footage made it worth the watch.

Published in: on August 25, 2010 at 11:12 am  Leave a Comment  
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