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Rachel Zoe Interview

In an all new interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Rachel Zoe, Bravolebrity and stylist to the A-list, makes it pretty clear she still harbors some resentment for her former assistant Brad Goreski!

When asked about Brad’s Bravo spinoff It’s a Brad, Brad World, Rachel doesn’t mince her words. “I won’t ever see it,” snipes Rachel. “I don’t think it matters enough to me, to be honest. He should live his life how he wants. He’s not in my life and won’t be. People move on. All that matters is having good people around me.”

The two parted ways back in 2010 after Brad decided to branch off on his own. Rachel has since accused Brad of using her and lying to her about his plans to launch his career, while, there have also been reports alleging Brad stole a client or two from Rachel. Brad has always denied any wrong doing and stated back in January that Rachel has not been truthful.

Rachel’s interview with THR is for its second annual list of the most powerful stylists in Hollywood. Rachel, who recently turned 40, is however missing from the list of the top 25 stylists as the mag deems her “too big to rank.”

Too big to rank indeed, Rachel has quietly managed to build herself a rapidly growing multimillion-dollar fashion empire with 27 employees and counting. The Rachel Zoe collection is now carried in 210 high-end department stores including Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue, with retailers like Neiman Marcus boasting an 85 percent sell-through. In fact, Rachel has also designed a more affordable line for QVC - which netted $35,000 in sales per minute.

With talks of expanding into Asia and other regions, Rachel is more on the cautious side. “I’d rather tread a little lighter. I’m superstitious,” she says.

And, the question most fans want to know is will she be returning for a 5th season of her Bravo hit show The Rachel Zoe Project? After all, season four averaged 1.4 million viewers per episode. “I don’t know,” says Rachel. “We’re in talks with Bravo… It takes a long time to film, and I give 100 percent of myself as executive producer. I do love being on television and in peoples’ homes. I’m not an actor, so there is a connection that’s real. … But I also think, ‘Are people sick of it? Is it time to do something new?’”

Bravo is reportedly looking into a new concept for the 5th season and could make an announcement at its upfront in April .

[Photos Credit: WENN]

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Power stylist and Bravo reality star Rachel Zoe, who is 9 months pregnant and due this month, opens up about a number of things in her latest interview with the Hollywood Reporter.

Rachel, 39, star of The Rachel Zoe Project, who has dressed everyone from Anne Hathaway to Cameron Diaz, discusses her extraordinary rise from stylist to the stars to becoming a brand name. “I’m not sure that most people can name another stylist,” says Rodger Berman, her husband of 13 years and the president of Rachel Zoe Inc. since July.

Rachel’s Budding Empire – The Rachel Zoe Inc company employs 14 full-time staffers who manage The Zoe Report, her daily digital newsletter with a readership of 250,000; the Rachel Zoe Collection, a contemporary line launching in the fall with licensing partner Li & Fung at such stores as Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman (prices range from $250-$700); and The Rachel Zoe Project, her Bravo reality show that drew 1.1 million viewers to its Season 3 finale (up 31 percent from the previous year; the show is due to return in the fall).

Humble Beginnings – Rachel has come a long way since her first job as a fashion assistant in New York at the now-defunct YM magazine (her salary: $18,000). She went freelance at 25 and began styling for the likes of Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys from a one-bedroom West Village apartment. “I worked 20-something hours a day, seven days a week,” says Rachel. “I was completely obsessed with fashion and spent all my money flying to Paris to go to couture because that was the dream. I crashed shows, stood in line for Marc Jacobs. Designers were my heroes and my celebrities. It hasn’t really worn off.”

Rachel’s Growing Fortune – Today, she now earns up to $10,000 per styling job, along with an estimated $50,000 an episode for her Bravo reality show. Revenue from her product lines and add her styling earnings, and Zoe is easily clearing seven figures, but Rodger says he’s only recently felt like he can breathe a little easier. “Last year was the first time when I felt like, ‘OK, we’re not gonna go bankrupt.’ But, ‘Mo’ money, mo’ problems.’ To my wife, it just means she can spend more.”

Rachel On Fame – “I never wanted to be famous,” says Rachel,who grew up in Short Hills, N.J. “A stylist is a behind-the-scenes job,” she says. “I’m never a star when I’m with a star — ever. Back then, I was very insecure about that. Even now, if you watch me on a red carpet, I’m physically uncomfortable. I can’t strike a good pose to save my life. Fortunately and unfortunately, it’s a part of brand-building. It’s just part of my job.” “Rachel is an expert in her field, at the top of her game, and she’s addictive to watch,” Andy Cohen says. “The other star of The Rachel Zoe Project is the fashion,” he adds. “But as you go deeper into any reality show, more colors of the rainbow start to come out.” Like her slang, which includes the stupefied “I die” and the exultant “Ah-mazing.” Says Cohen, “The Zoe-isms are bananas.”

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