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Bravo is pitting the Rachel Zoe Project (season 5) and It's a Brad, Brad World (season 2) against each other on Wednesday nights. It's Fashion's Night In, people! We at Racked are keeping score and will crown a winner each week before naming the champion of Bravo's fashion block. May the best fashionista win.
First, the recaps: Last night, The Rachel Zoe Project featured a jaunt through Rachel's personal archive in search of the perfect look for the shoot for the cover of her new book. Otherwise, there was a lookbook shoot for the Rachel Zoe Collection; a home-closet browse with Rachel's design director; a Rodger-buys-douchey-clothes-for-Skyler montage; and lots of talk of baby number two.
Meanwhile, on the season finale of It's a Brad, Brad World: Brad and his team have to overcome the far-reaching adversities of Hurricane Sandy—they have very few dresses to choose from for Stacy Keibler's AMA appearance. Otherwise, Brad and Gary finally show us—and their families—the new, fully furnished house and host a dinner for Team Brad and friends.
TRZP: When Rachel is finally convinced to try wearing a color for the book shoot, she absolutely has to change her nail color. Red nails on a hot pink dress are no-go.
IABBW: The dramatic music and chilling shots of nearly empty clothing racks reveal the true victims of Hurricane Sandy: Stylists in Los Angeles.
TRZP: "My mom [and her closet], omigod, she's like a Jewish Elizabeth Taylor."
IABBW: "A lot of them shouldn't be eating that much so ?" Brad on maybe not having enough food for the family dinner.
Winner: That closet!
TRZP: Inane: "Nude or darker nude?"
IABBW: Churlish: Brad saying "balls" just to say "balls."
Best Other People's Dumb
TRZP: Rodger to Rachel: "You're not getting any younger."
IABBW: Stacy Keibler on a pretty slutty dress: It's "a little too covering."
Winner: The Keibs.
TRZP: "I think I think better with a turban."
IABBW: "She'll have more legs than a bucket of chicken in this!"
TRZP: Um, did you see Rodger in a ribbed tank top, baggy shorts, a trucker hat, and miles of leather and hemp jewelry? How was that allowed to happen?
IABBW: "I wanna be Stacy Keibler."
Winner: Minus one for both.
Best Mid-commercial Moment of Ridiculous
TRZP: Rachel and Rodger are lounging in Skyler's toddler-sized kitchen amongst toddler-sized Eames furniture discussing their favorite toys as a children. Rachel liked crafty-prairie things before discovering Barbie; Rodger used to mutilate his sister's Barbies.
IABBW: Brad visits the supermarket with the moms—his and Gary's—there is much talk of lard, hormones, pies, and seasonal fruit.
Winner: Eames and Barbie over lard and hormones.
Best Closet Moment
TRZP: Rachel taking her design director through the home closet: "Dior couture—could you throw up?"
IABBW: Brad taking the fam through his home closet: "Hello friends."
Winner: Brad, if only because we sometimes say the same thing in our own closet.
Best 'You're Kidding' Moment
TRZP: Wearing a million yards of fringe: "I feel like I look totally accessible."
IABBW: "I have to be a really, really solid wife."
Winner: The fringe.
TRZP: "My nickname is Accessory Sue!"
IABBW: Stacy in some fringe dress is another "Fringeasaurus Rex."
Winner: Sue is new; we've heard all about Rex—Rachel.
TRZP: 6 points
IABBW: Yikes—only 1
The (totally unscientific and subjective) Winner of Fashion's Night In Week 8—and the entire Rachel vs. Brad showdown— is Rachel! Rachel takes the cake with six wins over Brad's two—a sad day for Brad's faltering witticisms; or perhaps simply a reflection of Brad's paltry 30 minutes verses Rachel's full hour. The world may never know the truth.
· Fashion's Night In [Bravo]
· The Rachel Zoe Project [Bravo]
· It's a Brad, Brad World [Bravo]