If you follow the world of pop culture, you’ve probably seen Rachel Zoe’s work.
The celebrity stylist, whose clients include Jennifer Lawrence, Sofia Vergara, and Jennifer Garner, has had her work showcased at award shows, red carpets, and live events on countless occasions.
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But how did a woman who was a psychology major turn her innate sense of style into a growing empire? While promoting her latest book, "Living In Style," this past weekend at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, the mother of two shared personal details even the biggest fashion fans wouldn't know about.
We compiled five things you may not have known about Hollywood’s go-to stylist. Her stories and life experiences are nothing short of bananas.
1. She Loves Styling Men
When first starting out as a celebrity stylist, Rachel spent the majority of her time picking outfits for males. "I’d say the early part of my career was 75 percent men,” she noted as she began rattling off a list including the Backstreet Boys, Enrique Iglesias, Ashton Kutcher, and Robert Downey Jr. as some of her early clients. But don’t assume men are easier to dress than women. “Men can sometimes be more vain,” she said. “But I do love men!”
2. Award Season Begins Months in Advance
All the looks you see on the red carpet during the months of January-March took months of intense planning and executing. "I start working for Oscars in November or December 1," Zoe revealed. "It's about making them look unique and different but also being their best selves." Naturally, Rachel does her best to stay far away from the dreaded worst dressed lists. She says she's only been on it once... ever!
3. She's a Hippie at Heart
“At the core, I’m a hippie,” Rachel shared when asked by a fan as to why she’s so obsessed with the ‘70s decade. “The music and the spirit of the '70s has never been replicated. It defied effortless glamour that I'm so obsessed with." It also easily explains all the oversized sunglasses, tops, and dresses she's famous for wearing.
4. She's Had No Formal Training in Fashion
When Rachel was in college, there weren’t any courses or degrees offered for fashion lovers. As a result, she ended up studying psychology and sociology at George Washington University. Deep down, however, Zoe knew she would end up in the world of fashion. “I was obsessed with making people over since I was eight," she told the audience. “Everyone was in my closet [getting made over], boys and girls."
5. Parenting Has Changed the Way She Works
After having two kids with husband Rodger Berman, Zoe admitted that work often has to take a backseat to parenting. "I don't jump on planes anymore," she told the crowd as her 3-year-old son Skyler looked on with his dad. "I won't leave them for more than 24 hours." Luckily, the fact that Rachel believes the fashion industry is growing on the West Coast is making it easier for her to stay home instead of traveling constantly to the Big Apple.
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