There is a long magazine piece in the New York times about the fashion entity that is Rachel Zoe. Reading the article, all I could really think about her is "wow, she really is an odious person" (in the i ONLY drink starbucks coffee, i'm bigger than Anna Wintour, I send back my plate of vegetables for stupid reasons kind of way).
But then I had a Jon Stewart moment, and thought, you need to stop. You are ruining the country. And in that, this overtanned couture junkie is really just a (marginally) better dressed version of Tucker Carlson. Here's why.
Zoe says her dream is to be the connection between the high fashion modeling world and the hollywood celebrity world. Celebrities are increasingly becoming the face of fashion, and supermodels are going the way of the dodo. There were celebrity stylists before Zoe, but their roles were limited. They dressed the stars for big red carpet events and went on their merry way. Zoe, on the other hand works more on a retainer basis. She chooses outfits for everything from getting coffee in the morning to the Oscars. She said that she noticed that the only type of magazine whose subscription rates havent dropped are tabloids. These tabloids like showing famous people doing everyday things. Logically, then when they are doing every day things, they need to be properly dressed.
To go back to my analogy, tabloids are like CNN- always there, buffeting you with fabricated issues, or taking real issues, then offering conjectures ad absurdum. She freely admits that her clients are the ones who are featured in the tabloids and celebrity rags. She wants them there, and she keeps them there. She made Nicole Ritchie a household name. Making celebrities of people with no particular talent or niche is her, well, talent and niche.
And she is influential. The styles worn by her clients have legs. People want her consulting, designing. While tucker carlson makes stories of not stories, she makes celebrities of not celebrities.
And so, just like in politics, huge debates arise over the stupidest things, leaving the more important issues in the dust, celebrity culture is being monopolized by no talent hacks while the actual artists are shoved to the background.
As if this wasn't bad enough, Zoe charges something between $4000-6000 a day plus assistants and operating costs