The Rachel Zoe Project
“It has to be the big picture for me. A lot of people saw this job as you put them in a dress and that's all. I didn't see it that way. I want them to look great all the time. And I don't nickel-and-dime people. A lot of stylists say they are hired for this, this and this so that's the only thing I'm going to dress them for. I'm like, are you nuts? If my client calls me and says I'm going to a friend's premiere, I'll say, come over and let's do something cute. And I won't bill them for that.” Rachel Zoe
American fashion stylist whose trademarks are her very suntan skin, long blond hair, ropes of gold chains around her neck, and tremendous Chanel shade Rachel Zoe is popular to television audience as the star of Bravo's “The Rachel Zoe Project” (2008). She has worked with many famous female celebrities, including Nicole Richie, Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears, Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Garner. Zoe is also a bestselling writer thanks to her first style guide book, “Style A to Zoe: The Art of Fashion, Beauty, and Everything Glamour” (2007).
Zoe has been a national spokes person for Samsung's BlackJack ad campaign.
Childhood and Family:
Daughter of affluent art collectors, Rachel Zoe Rosenzweig was born on September 1, 1971, in New York. Growing up, she was mesmerized by iconic clothing designer Halston. However, instead of attending formal fashion training, she opted to major in sociology and psychology at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. She graduated in 1993.
Rachel is married to Rodger Berman, an investment banker-turned-producer of award shows in television. She is known by the nickname Lettuce Cup.
Although she was not trained in formal fashion, Rachel Zoe has become a fashion stylist for a number of A-list celebrities like Cameron Diaz, Britney Spears, Salma Hayek, Kate Hudson, Jennifer Garner, Keira Knightley, Jessica Simpson and Debra Messing. Her other clients include Molly Sims, Anne Hathaway, Mischa Barton, Joy Bryant, Brittany Murphy, The Backstreet Boys, Vanessa Carlton and Enrique Iglesias.
Zoe has also worked with Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie. Starting befriended with Richie in 2003, she is responsible for Richie's success in gaining reputation as a style icon. However, after both Richie and Lohan began to remain each others and shocked public with their significant weight loss, Zoe was blamed by the press for creating doubles of herself. She explained, “I'm not trying to make people look like me. But when you spend a lot of time with someone, you rub off on each other. I think I'm kind of an older sister to Lindsay and Nicole.”
Currently represented by TSA (Todd Shemarya Agency), Zoe departed her longtime agency Magnet in 2007 reportedly after disrespecting Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour. She reportedly said, “Anna Wintour is one of my heroes, but they say I'm more influential . . . As great as it is, Vogue won't change a designer's business. But if an unknown brand is worn by a certain person in a tabloid, it will be the biggest designer within a week.”
Also in 2007, Zoe made her debut as an author with the release of her first book, “Style A to Zoe: The Art of Fashion, Beauty, and Everything Glamour,” in October. Published by Grand Central Publishing, the style guidebook, which provides tips and observations from Zoe, her designer friends and star clients, went on to become a New York Times bestseller. Zoe co-wrote the book with Rose Apodaca.
In September 2008, Zoe began her own television show on Bravo called “The Rachel Zoe Project,” which follows the day-to-day-life of Zoe as she looks to take her business to the next level. As of December 2008, the show has been given the go ahead for the next season. Zoe also served as an executive producer on the episode “Preview Special,” broadcast on August 4, 2008.
Prior to starring in “The Rachel Zoe Project,” Zoe appeared in episodes of “America's Next Top Model 2,” “The Simple Life” and “Project Runway.”
Zoe has collaborated with accessories maker Leiber on a line of luxury bags. She has also starred in Samsung's BlackJack national ad campaign.