The last few weeks have been tough for Rachel Zoe. Her ready-to-wear collection was publicly dropped by Selfridges with other department stores reportedly looking to do the same and rumours were also circulating that Bravo had given 'The Rachel Zoe Project' the axe. While the retail reports are true, it looks like team Zoe won't be leaving the small screen anytime soon.
Yesterday Bravo confirmed that they've given the green light to the fifth season of the reality show. According to the press release, the show will focus on Zoe's transition 'from being a successful celebrity stylist into a the Rachel Zoe brand' and also expect a lot more appearances from 'little fashionisto Skyler...now a walking toddler' too. Zoe used the announcement as an opportunity to comment on the reports about the state of her business saying that, 'My business is up significantly. Just launched jewelry, things are doing well. None of those points from the NY Post article were true and it got picked up by everyone. Our retailer's didn't even blink, though, because they know the truth.'
Back in August Brad Goreski was keeping pretty quiet about whether his reality show, 'It's A Brad Brad World', would return for another season but last night Bravo confirmed that it's happening.
At the moment all of the details on season two are unknown and there's still no word on whether film has started already. What Goreski did say recently, though, is that he would love for Ryan Lochte to make his reality TV debut on his show, preferably with him styling Lochte's swimwear campaign so with no news being released, I'm still hoping that that is a possibility. How amazing would that be?
This week Kate Spade New York hosted a birthday party for Brad Goreski at No. 8 and aside from the general talk of his love for sequins - 'I try to wear sequins as much as possible,' he told The Cut - he did answer questions about the future of his reality show, 'It's A Brad Brad World.'
The show actually went down really well with viewers and critics and by the sound of things, it might return for season two. When the title asked him flat out whether it will return, he wouldn't divulge but did say that he'd heard 'good news' about it from Bravo. Aside from the fact that I do generally have quite a soft spot for Goreski, I want it to happen purely on the off-chance that Ryan Lochte might appear. Talking about the swimmer's design and reality TV offers Goreski said, 'Can I style the ad campaign please? [I'd make it] so beyond sexy.' Now that's the type of reality TV that I can jump on board with.
Last month it was reported that 'The Rachel Zoe Project' will not be picked up for a fifth season. While Zoe was cagey about what she has planned next, she did comments did seem to confirm the reports. 'It's been four seasons, it's in 20 countries,' she told WWD at the time. 'Businessmen watch it, bankers, I get a lot of hits from a lot of different demos. So do I need it? I don’t know. After four years, maybe there’s something to be said for starting something new.'
But now it looks like she was throwing us all a curve ball as the Hollywood Reporter reported that Zoe isn't leaving reality TV and her partnership with Bravo just yet. 'Bravo and Zoe are in talks about a new and freshened-up concept for a fifth season, sources say,' they wrote yesterday in a piece explaining why Zoe hadn't made their 25 top Hollywood stylists list. 'An announcement could come at the network’s April upfront in New York.'
When Brad Goreski parted ways with Rachel Zoe earlier this year, both camps said that the split was amicable whilst gushing their love for one another but it looks like there's more to the story than the pair were prepared to let on. Anyone who tuned into watch the first episode from the new season of 'The Rachel Zoe Project' will have seen Zoe and husband, Rodger Berman's, emphasis on finding someone loyal after being betrayed in the past. And no, it didn't sound like they were referring to Taylor Jacobsen.
Reports allege that Zoe wasn't happy about Goreski inking a deal with Bravo, who also produce Zoe's show, to launch his own relaity show and this week Goreski added fuel to the fire when he confirmed that he will not attend Zoe's debut presentation at New York Fashion Week. "It had almost been three years, I was turning 33 years old and it was time for me to branch out on my own or be a permanent life assistant and I chose to go out on my own," Goreski told The Cut. "It was the best decision I ever made." When asked whether he plans to tune into the new season of Zoe's show, he said: "I lived it, I don't need to watch it"
The last year has seen him style editorials in Harper's Bazaar and he also managed to bag his own reality show but now he's adding journalist to his burgeoning resume. For the mens shows in Milan, Goreski has taken over the reigns of Details magazine's Twitter account and will also keep readers up-to-date with his life through regular diary posts on the magazine's website over the week.
Will you be watching "It's a Brad World"? That's one of the latest TV shows coming up on Bravo, and it'll star none other than former Rachel Zoe assistant Brad Goreski. The programme will follow Goreski to fashion week, watch as he runs his business and, well, just offer an inside peek into his daily life.
We find this especially interesting after the reported fueds Goreski and Zoe had over clients. Will they now have to split their TV fans, too?
Now that 'The City' has been cancelled, and now that Kelly Cutrone has said 'Kell on Earth' won't come back to Bravo for a second season, there's a gap in the market for Cutrone TV. Don't fear if you're a fan of the small screen's snarkiest fashion publicist. Although Cutrone told The Cut she's "done" with reality TV, she did say: "I’m doing a television show that I’m on that’s not scripted, but it’s not based on me running around and sharing my personal life in my office and in my home.” Confused? Us too.
She explained more about the show, which will run on MTV and reportedly have a pilot finished in January: “I think it’ll be me more working with young people who want to be in these different industries, so it might be something like, you know, you look like a fashionista but you’re not, you look like a skate dude but you’re not, you look like a hotshot entrepreneur but you’re not, maybe you should walk the walk. So it’s, like, part Great Santini, part fairy godmother.”
And since Cutrone is used to a two-show TV presence, she also revealed that she has a “syndicated daytime regular big thing” in talks. She remained vague on the details but did say that her book (If You Have to Cry Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You) had a large part in opening the next doors in her career.
Bravo's 'The Fashion Show' wasn't too succesful in the ratings stakes when it premiered last year, so the network are changing things up in the second season, set to air on Tuesday, November 9th.
Issac Mizhari will return as host and judge, but, as widely reported, Kelly Rowland has been replaced by Iman, and the show will see Harper's Bazaar's Features and Special Projects Director Laura Brown join the judging panel.
Whether it really is a publicity stunt or not, Rachel Zoe's recent outburst on her former employee Taylor Jacobson has sent rumours flying. While Zoe is seen bitterly saying "The last thing I want to hear is something good about Taylor," on the preview for her Bravo reality show, it seems Jacobson is doing quite well for herself, to spite Zoe.
Dealing with the rumours can't have been easy, but since leaving her position as Zoe's right hand girl, Jacobson has successfully set up her own business, gained a credible list of celebrity clients and reeled the work in on editorials and even a Nickelodeon television promo. In an interview with The Cut, she speaks about self employment, the latest trends and gives advice for wannabe stylists, with not even a bad breath of her ex-boss. We congratulate you, Jacobson, for your professionality.