The Rachel Zoe ProjectLaunching Rachel's Line Season 4 • Episode 2
In the middle of a dull New York Fashion Week came a dull episode of The Rachel Zoe Project. It's wonderful that her line has taken off, but we already knew it would take off before last night's episode, which was about how it was going to take off. Rachel got to shoot her WWD cover and show her line to a small group of editors and buyers in New York. That was nice and all, but where was the drama? Somehow, her stress has yet to manifest in her new gay male underling, as it did when Brad started, and we barely saw any of the initial baby clothes shopping. But there were still a few lessons in fashion and life.
Things We Learned About Life
• Mandanna might be younger than we thought. Much younger. When Rodger tells her that she looks very Material Girl, she does not compute. "I don’t know what that means," she says. It means your name is two letters off from being Madonna, obvi!
• Meetings are a waste of time. Mandanna doesn't want to sit around talking about how important the launch is when she already knows it and just wants to do her work.
• Meetings should start, says Rodger, when everyone sits down at the table. Because people who like meetings like to waste as much time as possible in them.
• Worrying obsessively about the mother of your unborn child's health is a huge turn on. It's so obvious that Rachel loves every time Rodger freaks out about Joey applying hairspray.
• When you're pregnant, your stomach can still drop, which is what Rachel says hers does when they arrive at the WWD shoot.
• Rachel: "Women’s Wear Daily is my everything." What about husbands?
• Rodger drinks dirty martinis. When he's out with his wife's gay best friend.
• You can bridge the gap between hair dresser and occasional gossip partner to hair dresser and true best friend. Rodger tries to get Joey to move from New York to L.A. to be with Rachel during the pregnancy, because Rachel needs him in this stressful time, and she can't trust anyone else after what Brad did to her. She really took the hair dresser relationship to the ultimate level.
• Because Joey is so close to Rachel — and because this is a reality television show — he feels comfortable taking new boy Jeremiah to breakfast to talk about what the hell he's doing for Rachel anyway. The scare tactic feels forced but Joey, who kisses Rachel on the lips casually instead of hugging her, is close enough to The Boss to get away with this. Besides, without those few minutes in the episode, there wouldn't have been any tension at all.
• When you give birth, you're numb from the waist down. That is, as long as you don't decide to pull a Miranda Kerr and have an all-natural birth.
• No matter how much anyone tells you that you will be numb from the waist down during childbirth, it is still not any less utterly terrifying.
• If you want your wife's hair dresser to move across the country to keep her happy during her pregnancy, then offer him your Mercedes and some cash.
• It's okay if you forget about your assistant, except for when his "shredded" abs are within touching distance. Rachel, who can't resist touching Jeremiah's stomach when she realizes how ripped he is, forgets to thank him after her presentation. He tells the Bravo cameras that he understands. For Rachel's next thank-you speech, he should probably just take his shirt off and stand within her line of vision.
Things We Learned About Fashion
• "We’re showing to WWD," Rodger says. "They are the most influential fashion magazine out there.” Oh weird. We thought that the paper it was made from was the same stuff that the Post is made from, and that having ink come off on your hands made it a newspaper. But Rodger knows more about fashion than everyone, except maybe Rachel, and even that can't be confirmed at this point.
• Apparently, one shouldn't need to ask what kind of jewelry should be pulled for Rachel Zoe's fashion presentation — but not for the reason we originally thought. Jeremiah asks if he should get simple stuff, and Mandanna wonders why he even asks since "it's so easy a monkey could do it." Since when does Rachel like simple jewelry? But, apparently, for this presentation, that's what she wanted.
• Jeremiah learns there are, like, many different shades of gold, such as rose, yellow, and silver, which is called "gilver." That is definitely the name of a celebrity's unborn baby.
• Doing photo shoots with other real models is not fun, even in this age of retouching. "It’s like insecurity on the highest level," Rachel says when it's her turn to have her picture taken, even though she always looks good in photos.
• Rachel: "Getting dressed pregnant takes a lot longer."
• Questioning Jeremiah's lack of styling experience, Joey says: "A couch is a completely different thing than a dress."
• As a celebrity or stylist with no formal design training, a good way to go about your first presentation of a clothing line is to keep it small and provide narration. This makes it feel exclusive (read: important, fancy, and extra special) and proves that you can talk intelligently about the clothes. Of course, if you can't talk intelligently about the clothes, you're screwed. Rachel can, and now her line is doing very well.