I was excited to see fashion icon Rachel Zoe back on television. I had fallen in love with Zoe and her brilliant abilities as a fashion stylist while watching her reality show, The Rachel Zoe Project. The show was intimate and fun, a glimpse into her life and her world and I felt a part of it from the start. Last night her new show, Fashionably Late with Rachel Zoe, premiered (Thursdays at 10:30 on Lifetime). The format is a 30-minute weekly talk show with Zoe and fashion writer and Harper’s Bazaar Editor-at-Large Derek Blasberg joining her each week. The show will also feature Zoe’s celebrity clients and fashion friends (last night, it was Jessica Alba).
There were moments of pure fashion fun and witty banter, like the costume-talk about Fox’s new show Scream Queens. And hearing Rachel Zoe-isms, like “I can’t even!” was a big plus! But something was lost from the documentary-style, getting-to-know-Zoe from The Rachel Zoe Project. At times, this show felt disjointed, unfocused, and a bit forced. And at the end when Zoe gave a few much appreciated fashion tips it felt condescending. I will give it another try next week but so far, I can’t say I am “ba-na-nas” over it.