Set your DVRs, because Rachel Zoe is finally back on TV. Tonight, the designer and stylist to the stars returns to the small screen, premiering her new late-night talk show, Fashionably Late with Rachel Zoe at 10:30 p.m. EST on Lifetime. But don't expect the weekly series to be anything like Zoe's last, The Rachel Zoe Project. "This is going to be very different," Zoe recently told InStyle when we met with her to discuss her new partnership with Downy. "There's none of the petty drama, because it's a talk-show format and not about my personal life, but there will definitely be a lot of laughs."
While it may not involve her family as a whole, Fashionably Late does feature Zoe's husband, Rodger Berman, and one of her closest friends in the fashion industry, Derek Blasberg. "We're going to have a lot of our friends on as guests, which will be incredible," said Zoe, adding that the conversation will venture beyond the realm of style. "We're going to talk about all things fashion and red carpet, but we'll also have games and discussions about pop culture, music, and politics." And having a broad range of topics means that there are more options when it comes to celebrity guests. "There are so many great people out there to talk to and laugh with, so it's going to be really fun," said Zoe. "But at the end of the day, this is meant to be a 30-minute escape to lose yourself in fashion, pop culture, and all things that are relevant at this particular moment."
Zoe may be encouraging viewers to take a break from reality by watching her show, which won't cover anything "too serious or heavy," but her number one goal is to keep them entertained. "I really want them to laugh with us as we discuss all of the fun things that they want to hear opinions about," she said. "We're coming at everything from a positive and fun place, so nothing will be scathing or scandalous—but we definitely have opinions!"
And along with her opinions, you can count on Zoe to bring some major girl power to the male-dominated late-night TV lineup. "I am very pro-women taking over the world—but that's not what I'm trying to do," she said. Still, Zoe's success is in large part thanks to the team with which she surrounds herself—and she makes sure to keep them happy. Her number one tip for being a good boss? "Always be nice to people," she said. "I’ve always believed that you can be kind and still be a leader. You can be a role model and a mentor for people while trying to lead them in a very positive and constructive way, so when you are trying to teach someone, do it with a nice spirit—don’t make it seem like you're attacking."
Zoe's #girlboss strategy plays a role in all aspects of her business. "I have an extraordinary team, but there are a lot of different facets to the company and to the brand," she said. "When it comes to balancing everything, each day is different. There are certain days where the collection needs the most attention, and there are certain days where the media business needs the most. Now, the TV show is definitely another undertaking—but it's a really fun one." Despite her already jam-packed schedule, the mom-of-two is ready to take on the talk show world, and you can bet she's going to give it her all. "I'm extremely hands-on," said Zoe. "Anytime you're putting yourself and your image out there, I think you just really have to be," said Zoe.
Watch the Fashionably Late with Rachel Zoe trailer below, and tune into the show on Thursdays at 10:30 p.m. EST on Lifetime.