At 55 years old, Rachel Zoe has this physical status:
Zoe began her career working for YM Magazine aged 22, before leaving to work as a freelance publicist after three years. She later changed her focus to fashion. Around 2002/2003, Zoe worked with her "first big client", Jennifer Garner. In 2004, Zoe styled Garner for the Academy Awards, which she considers a turning point for her career as a stylist. "This was when I crossed over from the pop stars -- I realized that it was much more my style, creatively, to do the incredibly glamorous red-carpet thing."
In 2005, Zoe was hired by reality TV star Nicole Richie as a stylist. Zoe's association with Richie led to tabloid coverage that elevated her profile. Zoe became known as the pioneer of the 'boho-chic' look. This look is influenced by the 1970s, consisting of oversized jewellery, loose-fitting dresses and shirts, paired with a slim frame. Those wearing the look were described as "Zoebots".
Critics accused Zoe of promoting the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, both during the height of her fame as a celebrity stylist in the mid-2000s and in retrospective work on that period: writing for Grazia in 2020 on the 2000s fashion revival of the early 2020s, Laura Antonia Jordan wrote, "The ‘zoebot’ look became inextricable from the glorification of size zero. The cartoonish proportions only served to exaggerate those jutting hipbones, spaghetti limbs and protruding clavicles."
There was also media speculation that Zoe gave clients drugs to lose weight, which she refuted in a 2007 interview with W Magazine: “There was something that came out about me giving horse pills or diet pills from Mexico to my clients.” “Anyone who knows me, they laugh. I’m so drug clueless. If I can get through a glass and a half of wine in a night, that’s a momentous occasion."
After she fired Zoe as her stylist in 2006, Richie wrote in a MySpace blog which was later deleted, "What 35-year-old raisin-face whispers her order of three pieces of asparagus for dinner at Chateau every night, and hides her deathly disorder by pointing the finger at me, and used her last paycheck I wrote her to pay for a publicist instead of a nutritionist? HINT: Her nickname is Lettucecup."
The blog was widely interpreted to be written about Zoe. In response, Zoe released a statement to TMZ: "After trying to be a good friend to Nicole, we made a mutual decision to sever our working relationship. Changes are inevitable in any business relationship. I am fortunate to have a wonderful life; I have been married for 10 years and been a stylist for 15 years. And I am lucky to work with a diverse group of women, of all shapes and sizes, that inspire me every day. I have nothing but love for Nicole and wish her only health and happiness."
In September 2008, Zoe's reality series, The Rachel Zoe Project, debuted on Bravo. The series' second season premiered in August 2009. Bravo announced they would be picking up a third season of the show which premiered in August 2010 and covered the departure of Zoe's longtime assistant, Taylor Jacobson, while introducing her new assistant, Ashley. The fourth season premiered in September 2011 and involved Zoe dealing with Brad Goreski's departure as well as her pregnancy with her first child. The fifth and final season aired during spring 2013, focusing on the development of her collection and other projects like blowout salon DreamDry, as well as the preparation for the release of her second book, Living in Style: Inspiration and Advice for Everyday Glamour.
Zoe founded a free daily newsletter called The Zoe Report in August 2009, which later grew into a lifestyle brand. The newsletter featured items that Zoe was coveting in the worlds of fashion, beauty and lifestyle, and had over 750,000 subscribers. In 2011, Zoe launched Zoe Beautiful focused on all things beauty. The Zoe Report was acquired by Bustle Digital Group in 2019.
In 2015 The Zoe Report launched Box of Style, a service that delivers a selection of Zoe-approved goods to subscribers' doorsteps four times a year. Consumers may purchase a single box for $100 or pay $350 for an annual subscription. Subscribers receive items valued at over $300 quarterly each year, including one "hero" item that retails for over $100. This special piece is revealed in advance, but all other items (which may include clothing, beauty, accessories, home or lifestyle items) are a surprise.
In July 2015, a talk show entitled Fashionably Late with Rachel Zoe was announced, with Zoe as host and focusing on "what's hot and what's not" in the fashion world. The show lasted for one season. Richie collaborated with accessories maker Judith Leiber on a line of bags.
In 2007 Zoe partnered with Served as the face of Samsung's BlackJack cell phone national ad campaign.
Style A to Zoe: The Art of Fashion, Beauty and Everything Glamour, a book co-written with Rose Apodaca, was published in 2007.
In 2010, she made an appearance on Gossip Girl as herself. Zoe also appeared on VH1 reality TV show Barely Famous.
In 2012, Zoe co-launched DreamDry, a hair salon in New York City, with Robin Moraetes.
In 2011, Zoe released her first contemporary collection of separates, footwear, and handbags influenced by her vintage-inspired, 60s and 70s style. The collection was available in over 275 department stores including Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus. In 2012 Rachel announced her plans to expand the line to include jewellery and cold weather accessories. Zoe's brand did not participate in the 2014 New York Fashion Week.
In 2008 Zoe acted as a consultant for Piperlime.com, Gap, Inc's shoe and handbag website.
In 2009, the Luxe Rachel Zoe collection, a QVC exclusive consisting of handbags, jewelry, scarves, sunglasses, and outerwear, was announced. The line sold over 260,000 units.
In February 2011, Swedish fashion retailer Lindex announced a collaboration with Zoe, her first bigger collaboration with a European brand.
She teamed up with Quinny and Maxi-Cosi for a 2016 collection of baby strollers and car seats.
In 2019, a partnership between Zoe and Starbucks Asia Pacific was announced, with a six-piece collection of Starbucks X Rachel Zoe branded items appearing in select Starbuck stores in Asia.