After being raked through the mud in the press by former boss Rachel Zoe, stylist Taylor Jacobson is finally talking about all the positive things going on her life post-Raisinface.
Here's what Tay revealed:
You left Rachel Zoe Inc. almost a year ago. What are you up to these days?
I’m styling, I’m building my roster of clients — you know, editorials, campaigns, personal shopping for private clients I have. I’m pretty much doing the same thing, just on my own. Also, I’m consulting with my denim company, Kasil, and we’re introducing denim pieces and separates — you know, everyday casual chic pants, blazers, vests. I'm really excited about that because I’ve never done that before. I have a blog.
Who are you styling?
Obviously it was all over — the news about Kate [Beckinsale]. I have a celebrity clientele, but I don't want to say who else.
Have you been offered a spinoff?
Yes. I don’t know if I’m really cut out to do reality TV. It’s just not the direction I want — I’m so awkward. There’s things on the table, but it’s not my priority.
What was the transition to self-employment like?
It’s scary when you’re on your own, you know? It’s you — everything rests on your shoulders. There’s definitely been some bumps in the road and there’s definitely been some bad rumors out there. It’s scary, but I’m doing my best.
How does it feel to be working on your own now?
I was ready. To, like, go off on your own, do it for yourself, have your own clients, have your own ventures. In the terms of, like, getting your world, your accounts set up — like your FedExes — it’s been a lot of work. But I’ve never been happier. I assisted for a long time — serious stylists, actually — and I just felt like it’s time.
Do you have an assistant?
I have an assistant — she’s great, a real trooper. We were stuck in Big Sur on a location shoot with no Internet, no phone, no TV, no pay phone, in the middle of nowhere with 50 racks of clothes, poison ivy. It was horrible, like horrible-kill-yourself stuff, but she really came through. She’s been working for me seven, eight months.
Do you have interns?
I have interns. I like to roll deep — with lots of clothes, too.
Are you going to Fashion Week?
I think so, actually. But you never know.
What advice do you have for aspiring stylists?
First of all, it’s not glamorous. I feel like people don’t realize that it’s a lot of manual labor — you’re schlepping garment bags, you’re not in the most glamorous locations. But never give up. If that’s your dream, start interning at a PR company. Even try to get something, if you are from a small town — every town has a playhouse. Try to intern in their costume department. Intern at magazines — just intern and start. The minute you have that idea. just start, because it takes time.
Sounds like she's doing just fine without you Rachel!
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