Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Ouch.



Says nytimes.com

"Given that Ms. Zoe is already a pox on humanity — exploiting an aesthetic of dissipation, invading our collective consciousness and spraying it with dummy dust — it is amazing that “The Rachel Zoe Project,” which focuses on her career, manages to send its audience deeper into the territory of smug NPR obsessives who won’t stop ranting about triviality’s conquest of the American soul. First I hated the show for passing Ms. Zoe off as an innovator when all she does is recycle a look that has held appeal since Tom Ford’s days at Gucci. Then I hated it for turning me into Max von Sydow in “Hannah and Her Sisters,” a cranky old person hungering for anachronisms."


Thanks Carrie for sending the link.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ms Bellafante, bitter much? Though not a fan of Ms Zoe's aesthetic, thought she was very likeable (was fully prepared for the exact opposite). And, it's her money that she is earning to spend as she sees fit. How many other Birkin carriers can say the same?

cassette45 said...

I haven't seen the show so I can't really comment on that. I do fear a bit about how skinnyskinny she is...

But I want to turn her dress into my living room. :)

...love Maegan said...

I HATE her....but I do love the show. She is absolutely horrid and clearly does nothing original ...and says DIE and I DIE...to EVERY SINGLE THING SHE LIKES ...but the show is a total hot mess and it makes me smile.

Anonymous said...

Oh please. Triviality has been conquering souls, American and otherwise, forever. Long before Rachel Zoe, long before NPR, long before television... I'm sure there were Rachel Zoes in the 13th century.

Our "collective consciousness" has already been sprayed with "dummy dust," you dummy.

Simone said...

i can see the author's point. however, as another commenter pointed out... rachael zoe didn't create this "dumbing down of society" and the banal existence of most.

she works to make money like everyone else. her job is legal although it may be inconsequential in the grand scheme.

if there wasn't a market for her type of reality and that of "real housewives of wherever", then those shows wouldn't be successful.

*NB* - why does she look so ROUGH? my goodness!

Be the change..... said...

simone, years of tanning! I think she's a pretty good stylist -but people forget that that is all she is. She is not a designer, is she? She's just a stylist -she picks out clothes and puts them on people!

eM said...

i never knew who the hell this was until this morning.
more banal useless information cluttering up my poor on-the-way-to-Armageddon American brain

Athenaeus said...

The show, like much of what's on Bravo is pure, often mindless, escapism. Enjoy it or don't for what it is, not for what it isn't. Turning on the TV seeking a life enriching experience is like opening a coloring book expecting to find a Rembrandt etching.

decorno said...

Ha!

Leslie/Miss Havisham said...

The New York Times is the bitchy brainiac contestant on Elimidate. Yeah you can TRY to use your intelligence and class to win the date but she's forgetting one important point...it's ELIMIDATE. Trying to write something this mean and intellectually intimidating about the Rachel Zoe Project is like trying to kill a fly on a glass table with a sledgehammer. It's just way too much for the job and will make you look crazy.

Maria said...

Man is she a ruiner of fun or what? RUINER!

Can't wait to watch the show tonight.

Anonymous said...

Leslie: You could have stopped at "sledgehammer."

Anonymous said...

She does appear to be anorexic, although her chipmunk cheeks are sort of funny. What is she storing in there??

InteriorObsessed said...

You are all fucking hilarious. Thanks for the laughs!

Anonymous said...

"A Ruiner of Fun"--good blog name.

Puhvis Kukk said...

When times are tough, people do want something that provides entertainment, however divorced from our realities. I can understand the reporter not being a fan of hers but she was way harsher than she had to be. Maybe she is doing the same as Zoe, being overly dramatic about something to get more publicity?!

She is a stylist with a certain viewpoint. I don't recall her ever having said that she invented that look. Most stylist have a certain style aesthetic they are known for. As for her having created the Lohans of the world, please. Parents and movie/fashion industry create them. It's hardly something Rachel Zoe can be held accountable for.

Kwana said...

Ouch is right. She is a ruiner of fun. I'll be watching tonight with even more glee.

Anonymous said...

I saw the show-opener/teaser to get me to watch more, and kind of liked it. The whole 'bananas' thing is cute and funny, and eventually will become a term thrown around more than MILF, or 24/7. What I don't appreciate about the show is that her male assistant cries more than my one-year-old baby. I turn on the TV to be entertained; not to listen to 20somethings cry. (But I'll still watch!)

Anonymous said...

I loved this line:

"Then I hated it for turning me into Max von Sydow in “Hannah and Her Sisters,” a cranky old person hungering for anachronisms."

The writer knows perfectly well that Rachel Zoe is just a minor nuisance--cultural dandruff.

s. said...

"She does appear to be anorexic, although her chipmunk cheeks are sort of funny. " Anorexics with chipmunk cheeks are almost always bulimic.

Taken directly from kidshealth.org website:

"With bulimia, constant vomiting and lack of nutrients can cause these problems:

* constant stomach pain
* damage to a person's stomach and kidneys
* tooth decay (from exposure to stomach acids)
* "chipmunk cheeks," when the salivary glands permanently expand from throwing up so often
* loss of periods
* loss of the mineral potassium (this can contribute to heart problems and even death)

Anonymous said...

My bulimia was never so successful. I was like a failed bulimic. Too lazy to get it all up.

s. said...

Lucky Anon! No rotted teeth or chipmunk cheeks for you

thevintagechair said...

Gah... Zoe annoys the piss out of me. Honestly... "bananas"?! get serious. You're over the age of seven.

"I died... I just died"... dramatic much?

Anonymous Hardware Guy said...

If she was wrapped in bacon, everyone would love her...

Richie Designs said...

wow, I think this person has never had the feeling of a good, rather great outfit or pair of shoes transform them, if just a few minutes.

she's not going to win the nobel prize for her work, but doing the little bit of styling that I do for my office I can tell you it's hard and stressful. Counter in the cost of the pieces that she handles and I'm sure the egos of her clients and triple the stress level.

I give her props for how hard she works regardless of her eating issues - but it is alarming.