De­signer RACHEL ZOE shares her per­sonal dreams and pas­sions

ex­clu­sively shares her most per­sonal dreams and pas­sions—in­clud­ing her style se­crets!

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After more than 20 years as a stylist, and de­signer of her name­sake cloth­ing and footwear col­lec­tions, Rachel Zoe still has “it” – the fire and pas­sion to cre­ate unique pieces that re­flect her aes­thetic and con­nect with women of all ages. As she opens her first stand-alone re­tail space in Los An­ge­les, and shows off a care­fully edited new bri­dal line, we talk to the orig­i­nal celebrity stylist.

Be­sides your ca­reer, you’re a wife and mother to two boys, Kaius and Skyler. How do you fit so much into your day?

It’s def­i­nitely a chal­lenge ev­ery sin­gle day to bal­ance work and home life. No day is the same when you have chil­dren! I work hard to be fully present with my chil­dren and at work and try not to mix the two when pos­si­ble.

They say in Hol­ly­wood, each year of mar­riage counts for seven. You’ve been mar­ried to Rodger Ber­man [pres­i­dent of Rachel Zoe Inc.] for more than two decades. What’s your se­cret?

We are very nor­mal peo­ple liv­ing in Hol­ly­wood. We sur­round our­selves with good peo­ple, fam­ily, and true friends to keep us grounded. It’s all about un­ques­tion­able trust and re­spect­ing each other’s bound­aries as part­ners in life.

What is one thing you ab­so­lutely must do ev­ery day?

Wake up at 6 am to both boys snug­gling me! I don’t ever need an alarm clock!

If you could turn back time, what would you change in your life? I don’t think I would change a thing. All of the suc­cesses, fail­ures and bumps in the road have led me to where I am now. How­ever, I would have started stand­ing up for my­self ear­lier in my ca­reer and prob­a­bly wouldn’t have been as trust­ing of peo­ple. But other­wise, I think what didn’t kill me has made me stronger.

You have such a strong celebrity fol­low­ing -did you have any idea your brand would be such a hit?

The mis­sion of the Rachel Zoe brand is to em­power all women to live a life in style. I wanted to de­liver clas­sic but spe­cial items that could work with an al­ready ex­ist­ing wardrobe.

What would you like to see 10 years into the fu­ture?

I dream to have an even more suc­cess­ful global brand that means some­thing pow­er­ful to all women. I dream that my fam­ily will be by my side for­ever in all my fu­ture en­deav­ours, what­ever they may be.

What are your style se­crets?

My style has stayed fairly con­sis­tent, but I would say I have de­vel­oped more of a uni­form over the years. In terms of a style se­cret, I have al­ways said that it’s im­por­tant to in­vest in pieces that with­stand trends and tran­scend time.

If you could do any­thing else for a liv­ing, what would it be?

I can’t imag­ine do­ing any­thing else. I am so pas­sion­ate about my work. It’s still sur­real to see women I know, or strangers, wear­ing my de­signs.

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The stylist and de­signer Rachel Zoe (cen­ter) flanked by Paris Hilton (left) and Kris Jen­ner

Rachel with her hus­band Rodger Ber­man and their sons Kaius and Skyler.

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