Rachel Zoe is obsessed with fashion, recently launching her own well-received fashion line, but now she has a new passion: 7-month-old son Skyler. We caught up with the petite fashionista not at Fashion Week or Neiman Marcus, but at a Fisher-Price event in New York, to find out how her life has changed since her son’s birth and how she’s making working motherhood work.
Q: Has your personal style changed since you became a mom?
RZ: For sure. I don’t wear leather jackets with a thousand zippers, snaps, anything that can hurt Skyler, or anything sharp, on them. I’m not wearing jewelry right now because I know I’ll be holding him right after this. And the second I see him, I take off all my rings. I have to think about what shoes I’m wearing too. I’m just being more practical.
Q: Do you have a go-to mom uniform when you’re going to be out and about with him?
RZ: I’m wearing more black than I’ve ever worn before, because you can just wipe spit-up off with baby wipes. I wear boots, sweaters and layers, or a jacket, tee shirt, and jeans. A pretty standard uniform.
Q: So what have you learned so far about balancing motherhood with your career?
RZ: I’m still figuring it out. But I think, for me, you definitely lose any time you would have had for downtime or to decompress. All I want to do is be with him, so free time goes out the window. I want him next to me all of the time.
Q: How are you making it work?
RZ: I’m figuring it out, and so far it’s working. But it’s hard because I want to be with him all of the time. I take him everywhere, and I have an incredible baby nurse and my husband. Thankfully, it’s a family business so we have that luxury of bringing him everywhere. My team is basically like his aunts and uncles, and so he’s always surrounded by people that love him. And my parents live here in New York so they’ve been with him during the days when I’ve been at shows and meetings.
Q: I read that you had to wrap your mind around having a boy. But now that he’s here, how did you feel?
RZ: I couldn’t imagine even having anything but him. And the thing is, I knew that. I just needed a minute to process it. He’s the most perfect, amazing thing ever.
Q: What is he up to at 7 months?
RZ: He’s not crawling, but he’s sitting up and he says “da da,” and he just laughs all day long. He’s the happiest baby ever.
Q: Do you have any thoughts of doing a children’s clothing line?
RZ: I don’t know. I definitely don’t want to say no. I wouldn’t do it at this second, but maybe at some point. I’ve got my hands pretty full.