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Ep. 3: McQueen, Naomi, the New York Fashion Week Blizzard

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Like last week's rained-out red carpet, last's night's episode of Bravo's The Rachel Zoe Project found Team Zoe battling the elements. This time, it was a blizzard, just in time for New York Fashion Week (which we'll never forget—having to wear galoshes to the John Bartlett show). And that bitch of a blizzard was keeping donated designer clothing from getting to Rachel, and Brad, and Naomi Campbell, as they were trying to pull together a 90-look charity fashion show for Haitian relief efforts. It was pretty bad: Rachel was forced to put flats on a model. Flats were all they had.

In other news: Gwen Stefani was on for a minute looking a little botox-y and raving about bloomers. More importantly: We finally got a few literallies, and that's always great. And—like, stop the presses—no-one mentioned Taylor and her probably-stealing, potentially-embezzling, misery-spreading ways.

And, with that, our top ten moments:

10.) Rachel was asked to throw together this Fashion for Relief show when she was already in New York, with only a couple of days to call in looks and style the whole thing. But, she couldn't decline—and we genuinely loved this (a single tear)—"the people of Haiti need this more than I need sleep."

9.) She has a heart of gold, unless you threaten to encroach on her luggage space: "I'm not sharing a suitcase."

8.) And while packing said whole suitcase: "It's too cold for boho." "Is it Chanel everything?" "A Chanel a day keeps the doctor away." Seriously, the hits just kept coming, until the scene ultimately climaxed with an exasperated Rachel sprawled across a bed—and wearing two different shoes.

7.) And then there was Rachel trying to get out of her limo in the snow. We counted three omigods and two shits. It was pretty much wonderful.

6.) This week in the way Brad dresses: Who was getting a Dov Charney vibe? Well, we were, and yuck.

5.) So, yeah, there weren't nearly enough donated looks and a lot of what was promised was held up because of the snow ("dire straits"). For some reason the fact that "Giuseppe [Zanotti, we're assuming] sent one pair of sandals" absolutely cracked us up. Like, why bother? Fall looks, being shown in the middle of a snowstorm. Thanks for nothing, Zanotti!

4.) Brad stress eating—and talking about stress eating—was kind of refreshing. But, he's right, fashion can be "an unkind industry." And meeting Naomi struck in him "a mixture of excitement and intense fear."

3.) Semi-awkward: Rachel is "hustling for Haiti" because she's found that "anytime anyone is nice" they're, like, from Haiti. Wet-eyed heart-clutching definitely happened, along with an "omigod" and a double "I can't."

2.) Brad likening fashion show planning and backstage mayhem to his "wildest nightmare."

1.) Aw, the Alexander McQueen tribute. And earlier, Rachel and Brad—freshly aware of the designer's suicide—misty and literally in awe, clutching McQueen shoes and putting together a tribute on the day the news broke. This might seriously be the most touching episode of the Rachel Zoe Project, like, ever.

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