Designer RACHEL ZOE shares her personal dreams and passions
exclusively shares her most personal dreams and passions—including her style secrets!
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.
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.