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After last's night's episode of Bravo's The Rachel Zoe Project we can wholeheartedly state that one oddly-specific measure of success in this fashion business is greeting a major American designer at their flagship New York Fashion Week show and having said designer remember it's your wedding anniversary. This actually happened twice last night—at Marc Jacobs and at Donna Karan. Seriously. So, yeah, it was Rodger and Rachel's anniversary—12 years!—and they celebrated by Rachel swallowing Fashion Week whole while Rodger hornily tagged along before a 90-minute post-Marc collection ("I feel like there's no better way to spend our anniversary than going to a Marc Jacobs show.") dinner at Babbo.
Elsewhere Rachel was pressure-cooked on baby-making as the crew sought out white Oscar gowns for Cameron Diaz—the star is apparently starved for a "princess moment." But, it was not to be: The Academy issued a release requesting that guests avoid wearing white lest they blend into a planned white stage. There you have it, folks: The "fashion nightmare" of the episode (if you're not counting the requisite Bravo reality television show traffic jam).
And, with that, our top ten moments:
10.) Something about the idea of Team Zoe pulling for the Oscars at Oscar (de la Renta) put a smile on our faces. But the icing was Oscar's dead-serious "we have so many clothes that are great looking clothes." Either way, Rachel had chills.
9.) Brian Atwood is creating a Rachel Zoe shoe. In his words: "That's—yeah—major."
8.) "Some [designers] like to show in a more intimate setting. Like a warehouse." What warehouse is Rachel hanging out in?
7.) At one point we watched as Rachel debuted her collection for QVC via a televised fashion show flash-sale. Highlights: Rodger and Brad calling in, being told told they couldn't make a testimonial, and being hung up on; the sad-exhausted-monotone-collective "yaaaayyyyyy" upon the line's selling out.
6.) Michal Kors is just about the Upper East Sideiest Fashion Week show. So, it was even funnier that it was then that Rachel ran late and had to stand amongst the unwashed masses (us) before having an altercation: "That was amazing except for the three trashy girls I got in a brawl with."
5.) Rachel's impression of a child and accompanying facial expressions. You probably had to see it, in which case, we have to mention Rachel's confessional diatribe on the issue of having kids. Basically: "Are you having kids?" to "can you still have kids?" via "how old are you?" That sounds like a really super fun thing to constantly deal with—fortunately we don't personally go around saying "I die for kids" so it doesn't really apply.
4.) Hairdresser Joey, on a more relaxed post-Taylor atmosphere: "It's like a humongous tumor [was] taken out of Rachel." Burn.
3.) Marchesa calls looks "vignettes." That is all.
2.) Video from the couple's 1998 honeymoon! Omigod! Rachel's hair was bottle-red Shannen Doherty meets the Rachel! Rodger in a sarong! Rachel eating! And Rodger's confessional comment: "I honestly didn't think she'd ever even have a career [at that point]." Wow.
1.) Anniversary gifts: Rachel could not have been more uncomfortable with Rodger's gift of lingerie (actually, if she was at the store with Rachel's giggling sister Pam and Rodger picking the stuff out amongst pasties and blindfolds, she probably could've been more uncomfortable). All was forgiven when she opened her Rachel Zoe Barbie. Rodger had it made, and, well—omigod, let's be real—we really, really want one!
Rachel Zoe Barbie and Barbie by Rachel Zoe, courtesy of Mattel