Originally published on AOL.com
Rachel Zoe has had quite an impressive career ever since she first styled the most iconic Backstreet Boys album cover of all time back in 1999, “Millennium.”
After leaving her fashion editor job at YM, a magazine for teenagers, Zoe went off on her own to become a freelance stylist and has never looked back. Becoming perhaps the most famous stylist in Hollywood, the now-designer is a mom of two adorable boys and is not finished building her fashion media empire just yet.
AOL recently caught up with Rachel Zoe to chat about everything from her latest Resort collection, motherhood and of course, Bella, Gigi and Beyoncé.
“I was so excited about it, that I’ve already worn half of it and I’m wearing another one tonight to an event that I’m hosting this evening in Montauk. I was like, ‘It’s a little early to start wearing my collection.’ It comes out in November – I am just so excited about it.” Zoe explained of her latest collection for her namesake label.
“This collection is really about the holiday season, when people start to get in that party, holiday, vacation mode – and I just found that Resort for me should always have that real sexy, glamour, easy kind of dressing. It is very Studio 54. The goal of my collection is to get alot of high impact with very little effort. The clothes do the work for you.”
Rachel recently joined Shire’s screen responsibly initiative in an effort to bring awareness to the importance of prioritizing screen time safely. When I asked if she worries about her sons, Skylar and Kaius, growing up in a fast-paced tech and social generation, she was quick to say “Yes.”
“Yes, I do [worry]. All the time. And I really am strict about it. It’s not necessarily about them being on a screen, it’s about controlling what it is they’re watching or doing on the screen. Having two young boys, they just love it – but I think it is really about teaching them and really monitoring how long they screen time for. They get a certain amount of time and they can have that after school or after camp. Everyone needs a little bit of time to shut their minds down, but I am definitely really crazy about what they watch.”
On her own screen usage: “I don’t watch a lot of television at all so, I am fortunate in that I get to save in that area. I have so many friends and people in my life that are just glued to television. I am not one of those people, so I find that I screen time primarily for my business.”
Zoe recently took to her Instagram to praise Beyoncé’s September Vogue cover, in which Anna Wintour gave the superstar full control over the editorial and art direction.
On Beyoncé: “OMG! Well, first of all, I think I’m one of the number one Beyoncé fans. I really just have a forever girl crush on her. I think she is just amazing, obviously initially as a performer but also just as such an incredible role model to so many women and really embracing her natural beautiful self and always sharing with the world a little bit about humanizing herself. She’s just such a force. I also think that that particular editorial on the cover was so magnificently beautiful. It just really took me, I froze.”
The stylist-turned-designer has a long list of A-list clients including everyone from Jennifer Garner to Cameron Diaz and Keira Knightly. Zoe runs in a tight crowd of celeb and designer best friends (consisting of Gwyneth Paltrow and Brian Atwood) and is not shy about posting their squad on Insta.
On her favorite celeb style: “I definitely have red carpet favorites and street style favorites. If you take it in the supermodel category, Gigi, Bella and Joan Smalls, Lily Aldridge – I love what they are doing and love how they are wearing clothes during the day. I love how it’s really good sartorial street style. It’s so fun to look at. I love how they turned out at the Cannes Film festival, Kendall Jenner too….But I always love Julianne Moore, Cate Blanchett, and Emma Stone. I definitely have some favorites – but I also think a lot of people are playing it super safe on the red carpet now.”