“Style is what one creates….glamour is a state of mind.”
An unparalleled fixture in the fashion world, Rachel Zoe is a distinguished designer, stylist and editor renowned for her effortless take on glamour. Having immersed herself in fashion and design for nearly two decades, Rachel has been heralded as one of the most influential forces working in fashion today.
Raised in Short Hills, New Jersey, Rachel was exposed at a very young age to the worlds of contemporary art and fashion by her parents. With her mother’s influence and access to countless designer treasures, she developed a very strong passion for vintage and all things glamorous. After completing her degree at George Washington University where she studied psychology and sociology, Rachel moved to New York City to take on the fashion capital of the world. She started her career as a fashion assistant at a New York based fashion magazine and was promoted to senior fashion editor within two years. Seeking to diversify her experience, she began to work directly with top pop stars and actresses to create their images and continued to work as a contributing editor to numerous fashion magazines.
An avid fan of old Hollywood glamour since childhood, Rachel decided to undertake a new challenge and move to Los Angeles where she could merge the worlds of fashion and Hollywood after working a decade in the fashion world of New York City. Immediately, Rachel made a name for herself amongst celebrities and high profile personalities by singlehandedly bringing the vintage movement into fruition with her devotion to the style eras of the 1960’s and 1970’s. Her love and knowledge of haute couture coupled with her desire to create the unexpected red carpet moments by adding prints, color and avant-garde trends made her the go-to stylist for the Hollywood elite. With unprecedented success in red carpet dressing, Rachel’s clients became a fixture on countless best-dressed lists in both fashion and mass media outlets.
Determined to make her style accessible to all, Rachel’s first tome, “Style A to Zoe,” hit bookstores in October 2007 and was a New York Times Best Seller – selling over 100,000 copies worldwide. A stylebook that highlights Zoe’s insight and experience throughout her career and includes contributions from her designer friends and star clients, the book brought the alluring world of celebrity, fashion and glamour to the masses. Rachel’s second book, “Living In Style”, was released in March 2014. The book further enhances Rachel’s credibility beyond fashion and beauty into the world of home, entertaining and travel.
In September 2008, “The Rachel Zoe Project” debuted on Bravo and instantly made Rachel Zoe a household name. By welcoming audiences into her world, she provided access into the previously unseen worlds of fashion and jet set lifestyle. The show, which documented high profile fashion shoots, fittings with her top clients, encounters with her designer friends, and exclusive events and parties, enabled her to bring the fantasy of the fashion world into the homes of her audience. The show aired in fifteen countries around the world and ran for five seasons.
After the release of her widely sought after collection of luxury handbags with Judith Leiber in 2006, Rachel proved her success as a designer. In an effort to reach and provide affordable glamour to a broader audience, Rachel launched a collection of jewelry, bags, scarves, sunglasses and outerwear exclusively sold on QVC in September 2009 with record-breaking success.
Rachel launched her eponymous contemporary collection in 2011. Drawing on vintage-inspired fabrics, prints and silhouettes, her line is evocative of the European sensibility, which she has come to be known for. The collection offers pieces for the modern and polished woman who is trend-conscious, loves fashion and values the collection’s functional wearability.
On the partnership front, Rachel Zoe serves as the brand ambassador for Jockey, the Chief Stylist for ShoeDazzle and is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of the premier blowout salon, DreamDry. She has been on countless “most influential” lists from virtually every domestic and international fashion and financial publication. She is the recipient of numerous prestigious industry awards including The Fashion Group International’s 2006 Fashion Oracle Award, the Accessories Council 2006 Fashion Influencer Ace Award and Hollywood Life Magazine’s 2006 Star Stylist Award. MSN.com also named Rachel one of the “10 Most Influential Women of 2006.” In 2012, Hollywood Reporter recognized Rachel with the “Most Influential Stylist” Award and that same year, Rachel was inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Most recently, Rachel was named “Stylist of The Year”at the 10th Annual Style Awards.
Rachel and her husband, Rodger Berman, former investment banker, new-media entrepreneur, and President of Rachel Zoe, Inc., reside in Los Angeles with their sons Skyler Morrison and Kaius Jagger.