What are we supposed to call the four-week global parade of fabulousity that runs from New York Fashion Week to Paris Fashion Week? The only thing I’ve ever heard it called is “Fashion Month,” and that really doesn’t have much of a ring to it, despite the term’s obvious descriptive accuracy. It needs a new name. Get on that, commenters.

Anyway, whatever that twice-yearly span of time is, Rachel was in the thick of it yet gain for this episode of The Rachel Zoe Project. More gowns were scoped, more tiny disasters avoided and more tranny heels considered. Oh yeah, and Kate Hudson dropped by and was totally charming, and no one said anything about Taylor, and there was something with chicken legs that I’d rather we never spoke of again.

Remember how we were in New York last week? Well, scratch that, the gang went to Milan this week. Don’t get it twisted, though, it was still fashion week – it was just Milan Fashion Week. Our vagabond fashionistas were still in search of Oscar options for Cameron and Demi (at this point, we’re on a first-name basis with these people), and there are only, like, four dresses in all of Rachel Zoe industries. Fashion emergency! Literally.

Because so few dresses had already been pulled, a lot was riding on Milan to find additional Oscar dresses. Unfortunately, at least one of Rachel’s favorite looks had already been reserved for another stylist, which made the Italian trip that much more important. Rachel’s life is a series of little panic attacks, and Oscar season is doubly so, but you wouldn’t know it by the fact that Rachel zipped out of Italy to meet up with client Kate Hudson in London.

Kate had apparently called Rachel to London just to style her for and accompany her to the Burberry show, which seems like a great reason to charge a plane ticket to a celeb that has more money than god anyway. Rachel seems to have a bit of a girl crush on Kate, who seems totally worth of such affection – it was odd to see Kate Hudson Daughter Of Goldie Hawn drinking cappuccino and wearing a $35 yeti jacket and acting like a much more personable Hills girl.

Speaking of funny jackets, Rachel showed up to the Burberry show wearing a jacket that looked like the high-fashion equivalent of leafy camo. (If you’ve ever been in a Bass Pro Shop, you know what I’m talking about. If you’ve never been in a Bass Pro Shop, you’re a lucky person.) When Kate eventually emerged out of the black minivan (US arrivals are so much more chic) to go to the show in the rain, she was wearing a ultra mini sequined dress that I would generally not recommend for moments when you’ll need to exit a vehicle in front of photographers.

Burberry’s show was incredible, as anyone that followed last season’s shows surely remembered, and I would appreciate it if I could get a pair of those shirling boots FedExed over immediately. For research, of course. I’ll send them back when I’m done. Promise. Throw in the quilted leather motorcycle jacket while you’re at it. Research. It’s very important.

Back in the car after the show, Kate and Rachel were talking like two average girlfriends that had just had a few cocktails and seen a really good movie, and perhaps hidden a few of those cocktails in their handbags for the show. And then Kate sang some Stevie Nicks a cappella, and I’ve never really thought one way or another about Kate Hudson in the past, but I’d like her to be my new best friend. She’d fit right in. I get the impression that she’d fit in almost anywhere, she just has one of those personalities that we all wish we could have where nothing really bothers us and we actually do all the spontaneous things that we dream of. Naturally, being rich probably helps her be that person.

When they arrived back to Rachel’s hotel room, The Rodge was sacked out on the bed in a bathrobe, and the frequent incidence of bathrobes in this show makes me feel like I need to go buy a giant fluffy white one in order to accurately watch and write about these people. It would sort of be like Method acting, but instead, Method recapping. I can’t truly know them until I’ve sat for an hour in their bathrobes. Or something. Anyway, while they were all sitting around chit-chatting, Kate tried to convince Rachel to go with her to Rio, but Rachel does not wear bathing suits or go in the water or do anything fun, which unfortunately seems to be the result of negative body image issues. I bet Kate could convince her. She seems like she could convince anyone of anything.

After that bit of fun, Rachel jetted off to Milan to join Brad for the Italian shows. But wait, before the shows, we had to see the jewelry. The vintage jewelry, along with the vintage clothes and bags and hats. Vintage shopping seems so much more fun and triumphant than regular boutique shopping, particularly since someone like Rachel already knows what she’s going to see in a current-season boutique anyway. This show is full of all kinds of fashion porn, but the few minutes spent in the Milan vintage shop were easily my favorite. I wanted to crawl into that place and build a fort of wool ponchos under the racks and live there forever.

Once vintage shopping was done, Rachel went on to Alberta Ferretti and then to Missoni, where they saw a bag that was partially made out of the, uh, “leather” from chicken legs. I respect a bit of oddness, but the only reaction I had to chicken leg leather was something along the lines of, OMG WTF KILL IT WITH FIRE. Luckily, things quickly moved on to the gorgeous knits for which the company is known, and I would not be opposed to building a poncho tent in the Missoni showroom either, as long as they agreed to remove the chicken leg bags.

Unfortunately, The Rodge took the opportunity to connect the Missoni family business to the awkward topic of Rachel’s dubious future parenthood, and Rachel still seemed entirely uninterested in having children. Not all women want kids – I’m only 24, so my mind could change, but I’m not particularly smitten with the idea and I never have been. Rachel doesn’t seem like a person who would enjoy being a mom, and there’s no reason for her to feel bad about that. If kids were so important to The Rodge, why did he just now decide this, when his possibly-too-thin-to-be-fertile, 39-year old wife is having all kinds of career success?

But next it was on to meet up with Donatella Versace, and god knows you can’t talk about wholesome things like babies and families when in the presence of Donatella. I don’t generally like to comment on how people look, but, uh, Donatella sort of looks like a fabulous Italian muppet. And I don’t necessarily mean that in a bad way – she’s such an outsized, odd character of her own making that you have to think she’s well aware of it, not to mention that a huge portion of her face is man-made anyway. Donatella didn’t seem entirely jazzed about Rachel or the repeated requests that she come to LA to visit, but they did the fake-y industry cheek kissing thing and then the show was fantastic and I feel like the entire fashion world sort of sustains itself on the energy of that kind of pretension.

As if the fashion shows haven’t been fabulous enough, Rachel then had to do a quick-change into a party look and go swill free booze and grope amazing jewels and handbags and socialize with Julianne Moore at a Bvlgari party. The Rodge was bitching the entire time that he and Rachel never get any sexytime, but Rachel seemed entirely disinterested in the prospect in favor of fretting over her shoes. Since the boots she was considering were more or less walking sex, I can see why she already felt fulfilled on that front.

It wasn’t all fun and games back at Camp Zoe, however. Remember that Marchesa dress from last week? When Rachel called back to LA to get an update, Ashley told her that the designer seemed to be sort of hedging on whether or not Rachel could have the dress, and they would’t tell her where it was or if it was available. Since no amount of bling and booze and The Rodge can distract Rachel from wanting Cameron (or whoever, I’ve lost count) to have a Marchesa moment, she was brought straight back to earth with the disheartening news.

Rachel had also lost a couple more Oscar dresses that she had been counting on, and back in the hotel in their bathrobes, The Rodge decided to pick a fight over it. He doesn’t seem to want Rachel to vent about anything ever, which is not really helpful, as a woman, when all you want to do is bitch. He also doesn’t seem to understand that it’s not possible to end business relationships with major designers over one broken promise, which you would think he had picked up by now. Everyone’s screwing everyone else in this business; all that matters at any particular moment is whether you’re pitching or catching, if you know what I mean.

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  • Claire

    I think Rachel told Rodg that she wanted babies “someday”, and now that time is running out, he’s pushing her, but she obviously was thinking someday could be in 100 years or so.

    I’m starting to think she is a super asexual person between the discomfort with the lingerie last week, and the disinterest in sexy time this week.

    The robe thing is weird, since she clearly has had her hair and makeup done. I guess she can’t be hanging out in Juicy sweats and a t shirt like a regular person.

    Another great write up, thanks Amanda!!!

  • Leslie

    I think the robes are the go-to wardrobe item because the bulk helps little teeny-tiny Rachel look almost normal sized.

    Brad is my ultimate favorite….he is precious!

    Love the write up’s! Glad they haven’t stopped with the ending of the Real Housewives of NY!

  • Dezynrbaglaydee

    Amanda, I look forward to your recaps every Wednesday morning! I’m still laughing about the “Italian muppet”.

    I adore Rachel Zoe, the show kills me with all the fashion. Her passion is admirable. Not a lot of people do what they love, me being one of them.

    I really just wish this baby topic was discussed and decided on with her and Rodge earlier. Sadly, looks like at least one of them will resent the other no matter which way this goes.

  • PhotoGirl

    “Method Recapping.” Bwahahaha! Love.

    Rodger is becoming tres tiresome. Whine, whine, whine. I’ll tell you, if my spouse had a booming business in this economy, I would have the good grace to be supportive and the good sense to STFU and enjoy the ride. WHAT is he thinking???
    Oh. Wait. Did I say thinking? There’s the problem, I suppose.

    I love the Missonis. I want to live in their showroom, too. I think I once read that Tai and Rosita Missoni began their empire with one knitting machine and a lot of determination. Incredible. They’ve really earned their success.

  • suz

    You nailed it with the “Italian Muppet”. I laughed out loud. Don’t ask how I remembered this, but the “Italian Muppet” is at the end of this Youtube Muppet Bohemian Rapsody video (one of my all time favorites). So, for your amusement, click on this (I’m sorry I don’t know how to make it into a link) The resemblance in frightenly uncanny.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgbNymZ7vqY

    Loved you recap. Loved the fashions. Loved Kate Hudson. The rest was pretty ho-hum. But, who cares. It’s all about the fashion.

  • suz

    Oh yes…..and I loved your headline. Hum-m-m let’s see….baby?…. bathing suit? …another laugh out loud mement…..and who in their right mind would want a handbag made out of chicken legs?

  • LaTechia

    Thank you for the weekly recaps. It feels really good to have other women on this blog that express my love of fashion, handbags and TV shows. People in my family don’t understand, esp. my husband. But thanks to the Purse Blog; I am able to live out my dreams without being judged. I am bananas for Rachel Zoe, Brad is adorable, but the constant sight of Roger during this season is simply unbearable.

  • Toni

    Spot on Amanda. Great job on the recap. The whole sitting around in bath robes has me disturbed. Particularly Rodge. I was waiting for some of his bits and pieces to “accidentally” fall out of the robe when Rachel and kate hugged. ewwwwwwwwwwww.
    I am fond of Brad and loved his black turtleneck/dark blazer/dark glasses look. He looked so debonair. I hope he keeps this look over the bowties.
    And as for the Italian muppet, egads, it’s like looking at an accident scene – you cant help but stare. It boggles the mind that she paid to look that way. (and yes, I am mean.)

  • erica

    How can Kate be your new best friend, when she’s MY new best friend??? I felt happier just watching her! She’s so funny and cool.

    Funny you mention the robes. A few years ago, hubby bought me a very fluffy, white Tommy Hilfiger robe that and ever since I have been watching this show, I make sure I know where that sucker is. I don’t wear it while watching the show per se, but when I do put in on I feel slightly Rachel Zoeish.

    P.S. You’re only 24? I’m about to turn 34, I’m old (and still no kids myself, though I get pressured all the time like poor Rachel).

  • Mita

    ummm, lovely recap, but she isn’t 39, she is older, she looks about 44 or so.

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Amanda Mull

      Just because she looks older doesn’t mean she is – she said she was 39 in a previous episode and Wikipedia lists her birth year as 1971.

      • Nee

        Wow, i thought she was in her mid-forties too! She looked so airbrushed in one of the recent mags (Bazaar maybe?). Is it the smoking? Even though I love her, i just think she looks really bad. It was interesting to see the juxtaposition of her face and that of the italian muppet!

  • Claire

    I think she really is 39, but she looks really bad for her age.

  • Brandon

    Amanda, are you going to do a re-cap on the real housewives of new jersey reunion part 1 ?!

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Amanda Mull

      I’m going to do one big recap for the reunion once part two airs! Fear not! Check back Tuesday afternoon :-)

      • Adrienne zedella

        glad to hear you are doing a recap on the RHNJ reunion shows. I’ve been looking for it!

  • Bagolicious

    Fabulous fashion, great not hearing about Taylor, and Kate Hudson was charming!

  • Jeanie

    I enjoy Zoe’s show, and think she has real talent as a designer stylist…however, she needs to tell her husband to “straighten-up.” He is way too a “womanly.” Even Brad is making “lady” comments about him on the show. Now, if he, or she are bisexual…that is their business folks. Rachel…please take some time out and get a proper meal. Your bones will become brittle as you age…if you do not get proper calcium…you may end up hunch-back. Designer fashions do not look good on hunchback individuals.

  • Mochababe73

    I have been watching the show since the beginning. I figured out in season one that Rachel is not going to have any children. She does not believe that she can work and have a child.
    I used to like Rodger, but maybe because we didn’t see that much of him. Now, I wish that he would just fade into the background. However, I do like the scene with Rachel and him and the boots. He was hungry and look at Rachel as though she were a Happy Meal.
    Too bad about Brad. I loved his quirky style. Now, he looks like every other metro, homosexual. But, style evolves.
    Again, I am so glad that they didn’t mention Taylor. It took 4 weeks, but they did it! But, I am still a fan of Taylor.
    And, someone, needs to get that leopard coat that Rachel was wearing at the vintage store. Talk about a drool-worthy garment!!

  • Amy

    Did i read this correctly? Chicken leg leather bag? I’m still confused and baffled by the chicken and leather in the same sentence.
    You should totally do the Method Recapping, see if it works lol
    When i would see the clips of Rachael talking to Kate, it was like she morphed back into the early 90s with that hat on.
    Anyways, great recap, love it.

  • karen

    i just love this show-but poor rachel needs some serious zzzzzz’s…she always looks so exhausted to me…i also cant help but think of stevie nicks everytime i see her–i also read that she is 39…

  • Sher77

    Great job, Amanda.I like Rachel and Roger as a couple, but I kinda think Rog is gay, even though he talks non-stop about being manly. It just doesn’t ring true. I will say that in the pictures of them when they first met, he seemed less gay.
    Rachel seems to have plenty of energy, but you never see her eating any food. I’m sure she must sometime, but other shows seem to have story lines that include restaurants. Well, they did show them going into Babbo, but not actually eating there. I forgot that. She’s pretty, but is so thin , she doesn’t have any face fat to keep her face plumped a little.
    It’s evident she does not want children.
    I am very entertained by her show and your articles.

  • Cheri

    I’m confused by all the Roger hate. Am I the only person who thinks Roger’s complaints are valid? RZ clearly puts him on the backburner and everything and everyone comes before he does. After watching this show for the past 3 seasons, I can see he’s just grown weary of the breakneck speed and is longing for something more substantial…hence he’s ready for kids. As far as the kids issue, it’s fine if she doesn’t want kids, her career is on FIRE. However it’s pretty effed up that she doesn’t just straight up tell her husband that she doesn’t want them. It’s obvious she is completely ambivalent about it. There is no gray area on having kids and that’s pretty much a non-negotiable in a relationship. Then again, she didn’t tell Brad to his face that she was upset with him when he wasn’t making gowns magically appear during the Naomi Campbell charity event, she just made passive-aggressive comments. So…I guess I shouldn’t expect her to confront an issue as serious as having children. Regardless of his sexuality, I actually like Roger and Rachel as a couple, but the strain is starting to show. Season 4, she might be single…now THAT would be interesting.

  • Marianna

    Sometimes I think Rodger considers Rachel’s work to be a “hobby” and that she can just set it aside when he has become bored waiting for her. The world of fashion is fickle and you have to make the most of it when your career is HOT, otherwise you will just disappear into obscurity. I know it must be hard for him to always be waiting for her and not getting the personal time he craves but this is what Rachel Zoe Inc is all about! Rachel needs to be real with herself and with Rodger on the having kids subject. I don’t think she wants to be a Mom and she needs to say it out loud. I think Rachel gets much more of a “sexual charge” from being with Kate than with Rodger. She has such a crush on Kate and that is not hard to understand. I would love to hang with her myself! I know that if I had a chicken leg handbag I would get myself a cute change purse that looks just like a biscuit! :)

  • Lynne

    I just started watching this show, thank you for that. And I recommended to others already. I love whatever Rachel wears, she is cute. I don’t think she looks older than her age. Her husband, at first I thought he is one of her gay assistants. Sorry!

  • eorchid

    Great write-up! Especially love the part about the Bass Pro Shop. I couldn’t stop laughing. My boyfriend and I sadly walked through one (don’t ask) and were terrified at the camo everything in there!

  • Kristen

    I’m wondering if there’s any way that Kate Hudson can be in all of the episodes of TRZS from now on, or that KH could just have her own show on Bravo, or maybe both.

  • Camille

    It is disturbing to me that people around Rachel are pushing her to have a baby when she is so clearly unhealthy and has major body image issues. She barely eats enough to sustain herself and now they expect her to gain 25+ lbs and eat enough to produce a healthy baby?? Do they see the same woman I see? She’s skeletal. Her rib cage stands out more than her breasts. Before she even considers having a baby, she needs medical intervention and since she is neck deep in an industry that promotes this type of unhealthy body image, I doubt she will ever seek help. Roger must be in major denial or else maybe he just never sees her naked. He needs to back off and help his wife as she struggles with her issues and continues to carve out an amazing career.

  • SallyForth

    Years ago, after battling anorexia myself, I learned that the disease is highly prevalent in Jewish girls raised in families who focus on high achievement. Wanting to be a “perfect” becomes integrated into body image and in time, one’s body image becomes skewed. Apparently anorexics do not become cured but you can hold the disease at bay by vigilence; primarily turning towards healthier attitudes about eating and body size. One has to love oneself for more than the way you are perceived by those around you. Unfortunately Rachel sees the slender young models and other badges of high fashion. It’s true that exercise will help her stay slim and perhaps may her understand that she can be physically strong enough to have the child she says she craves. But she needs real self love and acceptance first.

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