Renowned celebrity stylist and fashion designer Rachel Zoe is making her way back to television. She is set to host “Fashionably Late with Rachel Zoe” on Lifetime, expanding her business. The show will make its debut in September.
The fashion talk show has been given a weekly half-hour slot, eight episodes that will air starting Sept. 24 at 10:30 p.m. Zoe’s show will start immediately after “Project Runway,” according to Variety.
Zoe will be joined by Harper’s Bazaar editor-at-large Derek Blasberg, her husband Rodger Berman and a host of her A-list friends. She and Berman serve as executive producers, along with others. Zoe previously had her own Bravo reality show, “The Zoe Report,” which ended in 2013.
The designer will host the new show from the penthouse of her Los Angeles corporate headquarters on Melrose Avenue. “Fashionably Late” promises viewers a weekly look at "what’s hot" and "what’s not" in fashion, beauty and pop culture. Zoe’s show joins another new series, “Project Runway Junior,” which is a “Project Runway” kids’ spinoff. It will be hosted by Tim Gunn and model Hannah Davis.
“It’s definitely going to be light-hearted and fun and fashion and style-centric,” said Zoe, who made catchphrases like “bananas” famous. She said coining new words in fashion lingo is never intentional and she could not predict what would come out of her mouth. Among her dream guests are Gwyneth Paltrow, Gwen Stefani and Jessica Alba.
Zoe, whose clients include such A-listers as Jennifer Lawrence, is also making her fashion e-zine The Zoe Report shoppable. As an investor in L.A.-based Bringhub, the Web publication is the first to go live with a shopping cart that lets readers make purchases in a single transaction rather than being diverted to different retailers. It has already been testing the technology with plans to fully launch it this month. It’s a matter of making sure customers are satisfied, said Tom Balamaci, managing director of the e-zine.