What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, aside from some language that's occasionally strong enough to get bleeped, the biggest concern here is excessive commercialism. The show is a thinly veiled promotion for star Rachel Zoe's new line of clothing and accessories and basically serves as free advertising. Teens who watch could also end up coveting the glamorous clothing they see on the show, and most of it won't be age-appropriate -- or affordable. The onslaught of expensive labels includes marquis brands like Chanel, Valentino, and Versace.
What's the story?
Rachel Zoe -- a celebrity stylist whose clients include Demi Moore, Jennifer Garner, Mischa Barton, and Lindsay Lohan -- invites viewers into her life with this reality series chronicling her frenetic attempts to run a successful business and launch a new line of clothing and accessories. The other members of "Team Zoe" help her keep it all together: her husband, Rodger; her associate, Taylor; and Taylor's new assistant, Brad.
Is it any good?
THE RACHEL ZOE PROJECT is no better or worse than a lot of other fashion-centric reality shows. But if it does take root in the pop culture garden, it will be because of Zoe's eccentricities -- including her quirky habit of describing fashion in over-the-top terms. As in, "When she walks into that room, she's gonna shut it down." And "This is killing it." And "You're, like, actually making me cry in this dress." And "That's bananas." And even "That's bananas-amazing."
As for the show itself? Well, it's a pretty entertaining guilty pleasure ... but "bananas-amazing," it's not.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how stylists like Zoe help celebrities shape their public image. Did it surprise you to learn that some stars seek a stylist's help not only for red-carpet events, but also for something as simple as appearing on a daytime talk show? Why is it that when we see a celebrity wearing something fabulous, we want to wear it, too? If all celebrities suddenly had to dress themselves, do you think they'd look as good?