To read Rachel Zoe's enthusiastic Twitter feed, you'd never suspect that things are less than rosy in her world. But an item in Page Six this morning is packed with rumors that all is not well for the stylist-turned-designer. The gossip column addresses several rumors about Zoe's line, her Bravo show, and her assistant Jeremiah Brent. Here's the takeaway:
Her clothing line supposedly isn't doing well: Page Six heard that "the line isn’t doing well at stores including Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom, with industry insiders snipping that interest in the line has 'peaked.'" They also suggested that Li & Fung, the Chinese retailer that produces the line, is "panicked" about it. But Li & Fung issued the following statement to Page Six:
We’re very happy. Apparel launched a year or so, and since that time, we’ve launched footwear, handbags and we’re launching a line of jewelry exclusively with Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. We’re supportive of Rachel and the continuation of the brand. Like any clothing line, it ebbs and flows, but we’re very happy with the apparel sales.
This particular rumor makes us skeptical, since back in February, Li & Fung told WWD the line was "exceeding expectations." Plus the line is expanding. In August Zoe launched jewelry.
The Rachel Zoe Project may not come back: This is a persistent rumor that we've been hearing since last December when hubby Rodger Berman told us the future of the show was "unclear." Then came a piece in the Hollywood Reporter which suggested that the show could be "freshened up with a new concept." But Page Six mentions that the show may not be renewed, which could be bad news for her clothing line since it's a "platform" for marketing it. This one isn't actually that surprising, though, because Zoe herself suggested that she was moving on from the show and starting her own production company
Jeremiah Brent may get his own show: Brent, who was a break-out star on the Rachel Zoe Project, after being fired then re-hired, may be getting his own Bravo show, following in the footsteps of former Zoe assistants Brad Goreski and Taylor Jacobson--according to "sources." The tab points to recent pictures Brent tweeted of his new office as evidence that he started his own business. We dug up this mysterious tweet:
Design "?"...Whats missing right now in some of your favorite interior design shows? #interested
Hmm, we're #interested, too! We've reached out to Bravo and Rachel Zoe's reps to confirm or deny whether any or all of this is true. We'll update when we hear back.
UPDATE: NBC Universal, the parent company of Bravo, officially has "no comment." Sigh.