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what's the other 20%?

By 9/10/2009


clearly, i'm very late to the game on this. but we just got bravo here in raleigh...

rachel zoe is a joke. if 80% of success in life can be attributed to showing up, the other 20 is getting an office full of expensiveass clothes.

i'm only 3 episodes in, but watching her conceptualize that whole train mess for 'annie's' oscar gown, and then default back to the original after she made the freaking ARMANI team sew up TWO of them... it's like watching a drunk girl order long island iced teas at the japanese steak house: bad decision

how long have people been humoring her?

34 comments

  1. okay, i'm late too. its amazing how many people just started watching this and we are all having this moment. But I love Taylor.

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  2. In her case, the other 20% is botox. She is beat up.

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  3. come on, obviously it's not real. but i'm always amazed at how stupid people will let themselves appear just to be on tv ... but it sure is entertaining!

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  4. Finally, someone else that thinks she basically sucks. All I've read on other's blogs is how amazingly talented she is. I just don't buy it. She actually kinda scares me.

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  5. it's a train wreck - and we love train wrecks

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  6. http://www.zulkey.com/2009/09/the_only_dialogue_youll_ever_n.php

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  7. She seems genuinely hard-working and passionate. I just think most ball gowns are more or less interchangeable. I mean: Anne Hathaway in a blue dress or a red dress or a beige dress--it's all just a big clump of fabric that looks like everyone else's.

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  8. I'd just be happy to hear her use "literally" correctly.

    "I literally just died!"

    Really? You literally just died?

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  9. The first time I saw her i thought she was old enough to be my mom. She's actually younger than me, I'm 35. Yowza. The coffee-as-a-meal diet isn't working for her face, body, or hair.

    I have to say, I really admire her passion. It all seems self-important, ass-kissing, smoke-blowing...but she treats clothing and the business of buying/dressing/designing as an art form. I don't have a problem with that. Her acquisitions are hung on hangers along side their friends The Shoes and The Bags. She's not any different from some pompous ass curator or bitchy decorator but she is litter away from being a crazy cat lady.

    Just sayin...

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  10. I'm glad you said it. I've only watched a few episodes. i love the fashion, but I can't stand to hear her speak. She is passionate, but that whole world is just very self-indulgent. I guess that's why people watch - it's nothing like the way most of this country lives.

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  11. "she is litter away from being a crazy cat lady"

    HA!

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  12. Was she going to have a dress with a shitty rain walk down the red carpet? No. Just because she wanted to try something does not mean she has to do it. Do you set your "ideas" in stone & never default with anything in life? With your job?

    3 episodes in? Stop watching.

    She's had more success than it appears you have.

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  13. Okay JazmynCherie the life improver, maybe everyone is beating up on Rachel today...

    http://www.tvsquad.com/2009/09/09/bethenny-frankel-disses-rachel-zoe-and-her-project/

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  14. Jaz: you, on the other hand, are phenomenly successful at life improving. Keep it up!

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  15. wow. i am so surprised by the reactions to the show- particularly the negative ones coming from readers of a design blog. lots of people must like watching rachel zoe as they picked up the show for a second season even in this dismal economy. as for people liking rachel zoe's work, i assure you that the readers who were quick to make fun of her have embraced a trend or two inspired by her work. big sunglasses? mounds of bracelets? long necklaces? leggings? such a downer to read such negativity from a blog that i thought was inspirational and open minded.

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  16. Ha! You think those trends were hers? She pulls STRAIGHT off the runway. You think she invented leggings? I researched a little about when these 'signature' looks of hers came about and they directly coincide with what's being put out by the major fashion houses at the time.

    Yes she gets another season. It's a hot mess to watch and that's entertaining. What I was pointing about was a percieved (by me) lack of REAL talent, as opposed to having access to designer items by the shit ton.

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  17. I always felt the same way about the canonization of Diana Vreeland. The designers were the ones with the talent. All she did was document it. Which was what she was supposed to be doing.

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  18. So funny and true. I watch it simply to lend my own problems a sense of superiority.

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  19. Well, and maybe I'll buy a beret?

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  20. I have to wonder if everything is dramatized because it's reality tv. If she did weddings NOBODY would go to her because everything on her show is portrayed as last minute and nobody would take those chances of her fucking things up and she always goes into disaster mode.

    I don't understand Taylor at all. She's not funny or smart enough to get away with acting like a miserable person all the time yet people still like her.

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  21. I like ogling the pretty clothes and shoes that I'm a million times too poor and too fat to wear.

    The vapidness of it all drives me nuts though...

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  22. I can't stand her! I was seriously annoyed when Bravo gave her her own show. And what's is up with her face? It's like she got Botox all over and then forgot the lines around her mouth.

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  23. I wish Bravo didn't try to format this show the way they did. They advertise drama and there IS no drama! I would enjoy a more organic documentary style like the way I assume "The September Issue" will be (can't wait to see it!!!)

    I could just watch an hour of fashiony people discussing details on shoes and dresses and watching celebs try on couture.

    I agree with you that 80% of life is showing up- and maybe she is or maybe she is not talented (my jury is out)- but she sure as hell seems to have paid her due and doggedly pursued her passion and is UNRELENTLESS! That I admire. I have great ideas and give them up so passively.. who knows where I could be now if I hadn't let go of some previous dreams!

    What freaks me out about RZ is (obvs a personal issue) that she reminds me too much of my boss at the interior design firm I used to work at... except she would be talking about tile and not dresses, and she was a drug addict and once was so irate and strung out that she yelled in my face and spit landed on my cheek.. and they even kinda look alike! ASIDE from that...

    AND for the "who invented the legging debate" The answer is RICHARD SIMMONS.. but the way the trickle down effect seems to work.... RZ sees hot shit on the runway. RZ dresses a celeb in said hot shit, and then the whole world then wears said trend because their fave celeb was buying a mochachocolatte wearing plaid thongs atop of their skinny pink jeans. Thus the influence of spreading the runway look and making it a trend falls on RZ.

    Cuz how many US Weekly readers who love mochachocolattes and Jennifer Aniston and shop at Forever21 really dissect and reinterpret couture looks for Highstreet?

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  24. They're missing shitergy.

    Combine her show with the intervention series.

    Show #1 (highest ratings LITERALLY!!?)

    30 day sobriety test: Will the meth addict soberly agree to wear Rachel's macrame poncho over gold genie pants?

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  25. You haven't generated this much controversy since confessing you were reading Twilight, have you? Well done, firestarter!!

    'I die!' - over a pair of sunglasses/a necklace/a gown whose doppelganger she owns dozens of times over? I'm not impressed, either. The trends she has sponsored have epitomized my least favorites in years.

    Hells, yeah I'm stuck in 1994!! In my black jeans and plaid and boyfriend blazer. Maybe I'll get credit for inventing those trends....

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  26. I'm not a fan, and have no interest in whether the show or her career makes it or flops. However.

    1. I enjoyed watching her experiment with the Armani dress. The fact that Armani agreed to develop two different trains suggested that the request wasn't so ridiculous or out-of-line. She also got Karl Lagerfeld to change a design--pretty impressive. And her modification worked. It stayed.

    Sometimes you get an idea, you try it, it fails, you start over. Fact of life in any aesthetic field. (Probably in ANY field, really.)

    2. I don't think her look is entirely pulled from runways. She is a pretty thorough student of vintage fashion, and a lot of the "big sunglasses/low chunky necklace" thing actually came from late '60s/early '70s designs.

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  27. I totally get why people hate her ("It's a disaster!", "I die!", "Annie!" - UGH) but I watch the show because I love to see the clothes. I try to ignore the manufactured drama and "disasters". And I happen to like her personal style (ripped off or not).

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  28. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6lj8RdU640

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  29. hahhahahahahahhah I DIE

    great video

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  30. i love the show because of the ridiculousness of the way she speaks plus the fashion. and why has no one mentioned BRAD?! i am lucky enough to have a real life brad in my life, although he skews more goth than prep. i find the way they all interact to be hilarious and that is really what makes the show enjoyable for me, aside from the fashion.

    rachel zoe is clearly a mess and clearly passionate about what she does...and that makes for a good program, at least for me. as someone else mentioned, i totally, totally get why some people dislike her. but for backstage access to dressing a star for the oscars? yes, i will watch and giggle relentlessly.

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  31. hahahahah, I also caught up on the new season on JetBlue this past weekend. hilar. I kinda love her, just cause shes so insane.

    http://www.mylittleapartment.blogspot.com

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  32. I hear, you, I suwanee, and mostly agree. But, in her defense, RZ is a woman on BravoTV who is

    --not mean

    --not lazy

    --not conniving

    --not in love with herself

    --not tearing down other women

    --not sponging off men

    --not lying

    --not uneducated

    --interested in the world outside herself

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  33. I do indulge in watching Rachel, but can someone get that woman some cucumbers ASAP?

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