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FabSugar Interview With Stylist Rachel Zoe

FabSugar Exclusive: Rachel Zoe, The Morning After

Thrilling. That best describes The Rachel Zoe Project premiere last night. The glamour, the gowns, the jewels, the tension — I knew I would be hooked the second time around, what about you? Last night we witnessed the countdown to the Golden Globes, saw Team Zoe's new studio, met some new staff, and bit our nails over the lost pink Chanel haute couture dress. Or was that just me and Rachel? I caught up with the stylist extraordinaire this morning for some coffee talk. We mostly gushed about the gorgeous gowns on last night's show, but we also chatted Brad and Taylor. Here's last night's rehash . . .

Eva's white Dior was my favorite from this year's awards season. It wasn't on the runway, how did you find it?

"The PR people sent me photos even though it wasn't sent down the runway. I'll know that Eva has something coming up, I call it a check note. That necklace is probably my favorite piece of jewelry — ever. When I worked with Keira Knightley for the Oscars in '06, there was this vintage Bulgari piece and this brought that memory back to me. There's nothing like an incredible blob of turquoise. It's a dream scenario."


Speaking of jewelry, how did emeralds call out to you for Debra's navy Vera Wang?

"I love to see color. I don't want to do anything expected, or odd. The idea of emeralds with the navy is a younger, modern way to make something glamorous. You don't need diamonds for glamour. I love mixing colors, the less perfect the better."

To read about asking Karl to alter the Chanel and for some Brad and Taylor scoop,

Cameron's pink Chanel — have you asked designer's to alter before? Just not Karl? Why were you so nervous?

"Yes, I have, but Karl Lagerfeld is up there with my three heroes of all time. When you ask to make a change to an already-brilliant design, it's scary. What if it doesn't work? At the end of the day Cameron is my priority. I want to do what's politically correct, but also what's best for my client. You weigh your odds there. It was scary. Had he said no, I would have had to move on. The worst he could say is no."

New studio? Upgrade! And more staff?

"We actually have two studios now. One for the digital side of my business (The Zoe Report). We're growing Rachel Zoe Inc. And Jordan (the intern) and Marisa (Zoe's assistant). Poor Marisa is so innocent, she's the golden child of the group. She helps balance it out. Brad provides a lot of comic relief, when I'm having a really tense moment, Brad makes me laugh at it all."

It appears Brad and Taylor are getting along better. When they moved the desks downstairs, they banded together as brats. It was funny to see that banter.

"They are, but trust me they still have their moments. And they banter, for better or for worse."

When they talk about you, how does it make you feel?

"Brad isn't really built that way. It's more important to me that they get along with one another than they get pleasure out of making fun of me or patronizing me. If they weren't doing their jobs the way they do, they wouldn't be there. I wouldn't put up with it. We all know where we stand with one another. I compare it to a real family. You take abuse and you make up as if nothing ever happened. Or we don't even make up and just move on. They are so loyal."

It seems this season is going to get heavy with Taylor questioning her loyalty.

"Oh yeah. She'll be doing all season what she did last night. She's bored to tears, but she's not going to complain. But you do see a lighter side of Taylor. She's not programmed that way. I prefer she is who she is on camera, and not pretending to be something she's not. She has a heart of gold, I promise you that." Photo courtesy of Bravo

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mmcdona4 mmcdona4 7 years
linabanan, those pink sunglasses are Chanel
linabanana linabanana 7 years
love those pink shades she has on!!! can anyone id them???
mmcdona4 mmcdona4 7 years
Love the Rachel Zoe Project. I am glad the new season has started. I am addicted to Piperlime because of Rachel. Eva Mendez did "shut it" down at the Globes. Brad is my new BFF and Taylor needs an attitude adjustment, bad. Despite the fact that she is very good at what she does, she needs to hold it together and not wear her feelings on her sleeves or move on. She is not happy and no matter how glamorous the job, happiness should come first.
brick164 brick164 7 years
This show is amazing and it has hilarious moments too. Seriously, I love this show to death.
jenwils jenwils 7 years
Love Rachel Zoe, but I found the first episode a little anticlimatic. Random comment: I love the tile backsplash in Rach's kitchen - I'm remodeling so my eye goes to these things.
Emiliebirkin Emiliebirkin 7 years
I love Rachel Zoe! She is amazing!
TeaCakeLover TeaCakeLover 7 years
I love this show. It's amazing to see that all the dresses I loved the most at the Globes were styled by Rachel Zoe!
vlada vlada 7 years
The preview looks good for the season. What promotion is Taylor looking for exactly, it's Rachel's company and she's the stylist end of story. Looks like Brad might actually be ok if he's not going to be a cry baby.
kscincotta kscincotta 7 years
I love this show! So glad it's back!
rachcakesxsays rachcakesxsays 7 years
Loved the entire episode! Love Rachel, love Brad, and Taylor is definetly growing on me. Loved when Brad put on Taylor's sunglasses and mocked her. Hilarious.
KrisB KrisB 7 years
Love this show, Rachel's passion for fashion is contagious. :) Eva looked amazing in white but Cameron not so much, great dress would have been better with out all the wrinkles I mean it was the Golden Globes.
mommie mommie 7 years
Good intereview, now I need to go watch it on TIVO.
teagirl teagirl 7 years
I was SO happy to see all of them again!! I was also intrigued when Taylor said that the awards show was not so much about the fashion but the masses and how the public will perceive what the celebrities are wearing. Also, I really loved the Chanel dress the way it was but the alteration wasn't bad at all. Can't wait for the next show!
db849 db849 7 years
I agree w/ Daisy Duke...the behind-the-scenes sneak peak adds an additonal excitment. I was on pins and needles waiting for that pink dress and the white dress that got sent to Chanel. The agony! I never watch award shows- so it's pretty fun to see it from Zoe's perspective. The new season looks to be another hit!
Daisy-Duke Daisy-Duke 7 years
I felt like I was freaking out when she was waiting for the email from Chanel, and then to see the girls on the red carpet, I got even more excited, even though I had seen them already in January. I love the behind the scenes sneak peak into how it all comes together! I'm fascinated with the show and drool over all the shoes, jewels and gowns...
Lorelei-LeFae Lorelei-LeFae 7 years
LOVED it. My new favorite show. I love that Project Runway and Rachel Zoe are on at the same time - This is definitely the tv season for fashionistas. :D
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