Rachel Zoe and her team are back for season 2 of The Rachel Zoe Project on BRAVO and, I must say, they should probably call it “The Rachel Shoe Project” for all the shoe eye candy and lingering shoe camera shots they provide for all of us footwear fiends. I loved season 1 of the show and hoped season 2 would retain the same authenticity and charm (at least as authentic as a reality show can be nowadays), so I had a glimmer of doubt watching the first episode after “I die” and “Bananas” were emphatically stated right off the bat, seeming a bit contrived (ok, we get it, those are your catchphrases). However, it didn’t take long to warm up to Team Zoe once again – fabulous style queen Rachel, angsty-cool rebel Taylor and charismatic cutie-pie Brad. If you’re anything like me, you find yourself really wanting to go shopping with Rachel (for obvious reasons), followed by hitting the town with Taylor (to blow off that work-related steam) and having an all-out slumber party with Brad, complete with face masks, popcorn and rom-coms. But, anyway, let’s get back to the subject. What shoes have we seen in the first 3 episodes and how can you get the look for a lot less? Read on:
We’ll start with every shoe lover’s dream, the wide array of shoes in Rachel Zoe’s studio. O-M-G (as Brad would say). It may be all in a day’s work for Team Zoe, but for the rest of us, it looks like paradise. I’d really like to play dress-up in here.
Let’s move on to Rachel Zoe. I’ve learned a few things about her shoe philosophy by watching the show and I think the main thing with her is height, height, height – the more, the better. While discussing sky-high platforms with Brad, she comments that everyone looks much better with 7 more inches, to which Brad could not resist replying “Everywhere”. She also admits to having plenty of “tranny” shoes in her closet, which is how she described this Louis Vuitton pair she wore to the Marc Jacobs show. So, how can you get that dramatic Rachel Zoe style on a less-than-dramatic budget? Try these pairs:
Bebe Veronica Platform Pump in leopard or snake for $149 at bebe.com or in pewter here (also mentioned at Rachel Zoe’s website). Get 15% off $100 with coupon code 15OFF100 or free shipping on $150 or more with coupon code MAGAZINE (exp. 10/4)
Charles David Magnate in red at Amazon for $99.37 (black and tan also available for $85.98 or more depending on size/color combination) or at Endless for $118.22 in any color. Shipping is free at either store.
Marc by Marc Jacobs 684903 sequined heel in gold or silver for $225, reduced from $449, at Zappos. Shipping is free.
The Dollhouse Soliel ruffled platform pump in black or purple is $49.95 at DSW. Shipping is free on $35 or more for members using code SHIP84 at checkout.
The Michael Michael Kors Niki platform sandal in black or gold is $154 with free shipping at Zappos or $149.95 plus shipping at Nordstrom. Shoes.com has very limited sizes left for $121.60 after applying 20% off coupon code BML2009 at checkout.
Then there’s the always hard-working (and often frustrated) assistant Taylor, who has an edgy style and has been seen sporting plenty of different shoes on the show. What do the pairs have in common? They are all in black. Most notably, she rocks over-the-knee leather Christian Louboutin boots while managing not to look, er, street-walker-ish (not always an easy thing to pull off). The trick she employs here is wearing a fuller skirt with a hem that stops just above the top of the boots. I also spied her wearing simple, chic black flats with leggings, black stiletto ankle boots and black fringe boots. Here are some shoes that capture the look without the designer price tag:
Colin Stuart Over The Knee Boots in black leather for $189 at Victoria’s Secret, $151.20 after applying 20% off boots coupon code 20VSBOOTS until 9/17/09.
Chinese Laundry Kingdom faux leather thigh high boots for $99 at Chinese Laundry. Use coupon code CL10P for 10% off and free shipping, making your total $89.10.
Steve Madden Kobraa flats in black for $34.97 at Steve Madden. Shipping is free using the SMFREESHIP coupon code. Other color options available.
Minnetonka Hi Top Back Zip fringe boot in black for $36 at Shoes.com after applying BML2009 coupon code. Also available at Amazon for $43.95 to $49.95 (depending on size/color selected) with free shipping.
ALDO Seace for $140 at Amazon with free shipping.
We also learn a few shoe lessons while watching Rachel’s celebrity clients get styled. Let’s take Liv Tyler for example. While trying on clothes for everyday wear, Rachel points out that every woman should have a hot pair of red heels in her closet. This is something we all probably know, but it doesn’t hurt to be reminded of the power of red heels.
Chinese Laundry Mileage red patent leather pump for $49.95 at DSW. Shipping is free for members using SHIP84 coupon code.
Charles by Charles David Pomade for $63.22 at Endless with free shipping.
I’ll be on the lookout for more Rachel Zoe Project shoes in future episodes of season 2. To see a selection of Rachel-approved styles, check out her shoe picks at Piperlime.
Photos from Bravotv.com
Update 9/14/09: I watched Episode 4 tonight and had to make a comment about Taylor (for all the naysayers that say she complains too much). Clearly, Rachel depends on her for a couple things: she trusts her to do the job the way Rachel would do it herself and she knows Tay will always speak her mind and tell her the truth. That’s not an easy thing to find for someone in Rachel’s position, although the vocal complaining comes along with the territory (personally, I think Tay thrives on challenge and naturally wants more at a certain point). Brad, on the other hand, makes her laugh, which makes him invaluable as her constant companion at parties and work functions. It takes a certain kind of person to pull that off. And I so heart Rodger. He’s just adorable as Rachel’s extra-supportive hub – love the online presence he had a role in too!