Rachel Zoe knows a thing or two about success – a distinguished stylist, editor, designer, and most recently, an author for the second time around. Zoe glamorously reigns as an unparalleled fixture in the fashion world. In this exclusive interview, Savoir Flair sits with the celebrated Renaissance woman to talk about the proudest moments of her career, her newest book, and the one piece of advice she wished she received when starting out in the fashion industry.
When did you first entertain the idea of becoming a stylist?
Since I was a teenager, I would dress and accessorize all of my friends. I think whether or not I knew what a stylist was at that time, I always knew that I wanted to work with people and clothes. Ever since starting my career, I have been completely in love with my work.
If you wish you had received one piece of advice when you were starting out, what would it be?
Make balance in your life a priority.
When did you know that a fashion line was calling?
In some ways, designing is everything I ever imagined, and in others it’s so much more challenging – I absolutely love it!
What are the most challenging aspects of your job? And what are the most rewarding ones?
I think that the most challenging aspect of my life is finding balance between my job and my family. I try to compartmentalize my time so that I am as efficient as possible. But, I’m also so lucky and thankful to have an amazing team that allows me to do it all. For me, the most rewarding part about being a designer is seeing women wearing and loving the things that I’ve designed – it’s really incredible.
How do you juggle being a mom of two and an entrepreneur?
No matter how crazy my day gets, I will always make time for my family – whether it’s breakfast together in the morning or bath time at night.
Your husband, Rodger Berman, runs your company. What is the toughest thing about working with your husband?
Keeping our personal and work relationships separate. Now we schedule meetings in the office so we don’t end up having business conversations at home.
I read that you describe this phase of your life as “Rachel 2.0”. Can you talk more about this evolution and how you’ve captured this sentiment in your new book, Living in Style?
I waited a long time before writing a second book because I wanted to share something new and different – my life has changed so much since my last book came out. This time it’s really about how to live glamorously – from entertaining and home décor to traveling and wardrobe essentials.
Who do you go to for advice?
Rodger. He is my rock and always gives me his honest opinion.
What is one of the proudest moments of your career so far?
I think launching my collection in Fall 2011 was an incredible milestone for me.
What advice would you give to women who are interested in following in your career trajectory?
Make sure it’s something you love, because it’s a lot of hard work and time.
What’s on the horizon for the Rachel Zoe empire?
I still have so many things I want to accomplish! We are working on some reallyamazing projects for my newsletter, The Zoe Report, which I can’t wait to share!
Can we expect to see you in Dubai anytime soon?