It is no secret that here at Mama’s A Rolling Stone, we love everything about stylist Rachel Zoe—from her addictive reality series, The Rachel Zoe Project, through to her upcoming contemporary line, through to her enthusiastic and always-positive personality. So, you can imagine how thrilled we were yesterday when we discovered that Rachel had been named Hollywood’s Most Powerful Stylist by The Hollywood Reporter. We quickly sat down to read the accompanying article on Rachel and learnt a slew of fun new facts about the stylist. While we definitely suggest you go and read the entire article for yourself, we have, in the meantime, picked out five things about Rachel that you might not already know.
1. Rachel relies on her style intuition.
“When you’re a creative person, whether you design clothing or homes, your brain is constantly moving,” Zoe says. “What is beautiful? What gets you going? I have a 99 percent accuracy rate on my gut. I wish I could be that good with people. But projects, I’m pretty right-on about.”
2. Rachel admires women like Oprah Winfrey and Martha Stewart.
So does Zoe feel powerful? “No,” she says with an audible snort. “Oprah is power — she is everything. Martha, she can make a house out of a piece of paper. I have incredible respect for women like that because it’s not
easy. People fight you every step of the way — they pull you down as soon as you get up. And the reality is, it’s harder for women. It’s like if a girl has fooled around with a lot of guys, she’s a slut. But if guys do it, they’re cool.”
3. Rachel is not driven by money.
With that in mind, Zoe has no qualms confessing that she is a “whore for fashion.” Her success is predicated on that most basic tenet, neither fame nor riches but passion. “I’ve never been driven by money; I’m driven by the path,” she says. “And fear. The scariest thing I’ve ever done in my life was start a collection. Being a designer was one of those things where I was, like, ‘Never, never, never!’ Leave it to my heroes. Then I started to itch for it. People would say to me, ‘You’re consulting with designers, giving people your creative, designing gowns … why not?’ ”
4. Rachel started out at the bottom and did everything she could to be involved in the world of fashion.
After her first job as a fashion assistant in New York at the now-defunct YM magazine (her salary: $18,000), Zoe went freelance at 25 and began styling for the likes of Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys from a one-bedroom West Village apartment. “I worked 20-something hours a day, seven days a week,” Zoe says. “I was completely obsessed with fashion and spent all my money flying to Paris to go to couture because that was the dream. I crashed shows, stood in line for Marc Jacobs. Designers were my heroes and my celebrities. It hasn’t really worn off.”
5. Her dream is to live in France.
“I have this visual of me and Rodg living in this amazing house that’s not too big in the south of France, where we go for four months and just sit on the beach and make jewelry. Not to sell, just for fun and therapy. Like literally, take rocks and shells and glue them.”