Rachel Zoe Drops Out of Fashion Week at the Last Minute to Spend More Time With Her Baby

02/03/2014 at 12:45 PM ET

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With only ten days to go until her scheduled New York Fashion Week presentation, Rachel Zoe is dropping a may-jah bombshell: She’s canceling the show in order to remain with her newborn son in L.A.

Zoe, who welcomed Kaius Jagger in late December, sent an email to ticket holders apologizing for the last-minute cancellation and promising to reschedule for a later date in L.A. But as she explained to WWD, she just couldn’t make the show work with the needs of a one-month-old.

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“While I look forward to New York Fashion Week each season, I’ve made the difficult decision to move our fall 2014 runway show from Feb. 13 in New York to a later date in Los Angeles,” she told the fashion publication. “As a new mother, my newborn son is too young to travel with me, and I’m unable to leave him for the amount of time required to appropriately prepare for the show in New York.”

Market appointments will still take place on Feb. 10, when buyers will have a chance to check out the collection, which she described as “French bohemia with mod elements.”

What do you think of Zoe’s last-minute cancellation? Are you excited to see the collection?

–Alex Apatoff

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BH on

She’s just trying to make herself look good. She knew she was having this baby a month before fashion week. I’m not buying this.

Colleen on

While a newborn is actually incredibly easy to travel with, a toddler adjusting to a newborn is not. Neither is a husband adjusting to a newborn. The most difficult part of her whole situation, in my opinion, is that a new mother tends to get rather obsessed with their newborn, as they should, and new moms are incredibly exhausted, what with their own healing and nursing the baby, and lack of sleep. To even think about putting on a fashion show at 4 weeks postpartum would be insane. Good decision Rachel. Good decision!

Sandra Belmont on

That’s the excuse I’d use, it’s like, totally believable

A on

Honestly pashforfash, what an absurd and insulting correlation to make, just because someone is questioning the truth behind her reasoning doesn’t have anything to do with their ability to take care of a child or be a mother. Honestly her reasoning is pretty flimsy when you take into account how late she’s cancelling her show, obviously she could have thought she could handle it and realized she can’t–but this isn’t something that designers start planning two weeks before fashion week-that’s when the finishing touches are done so her timing more than anything seems odd. Regardless there’s no need to attack someone in the way that you did because they view the situation differently.

Smithy on

Given that I don’t like her and her husband looks like a chick and she dresses her boy as a girl…..I don’t believe this reasoning.

dawn f on

This is odd, somethings wrong shes not like this, when she had skylar she had more on her plate and she has a nanny, so somethings up.. hope everything is okay best wishes how do you pronounce the newest addition? how can women be my age yet the babies are all okay?? i dunno that was a filter off thught sorry..

carrie on

Very counter culture. I don’t know much about her but I am impressed! How often do we hear of something like this? And to Izzie I would like to say that your comment is JUST as surprising. Not sure where your thoughts are coming from but it’s not from a good or positive place.

Oliver07 on

I completely agree with the naysayers. I didn’t know she alone looked after her boys. How amazing she can’t have a nanny or 2 or 3. Really.

#soNotVB no matter how hard you try! Lol

Kerri on

Good for her! I’m very surprised to see the negative comments, clearly made by people who don’t have children. Putting together a runway show is no easy feat and to throw every 3 hour feedings on top of the stress and pressure makes it a near impossibility. Good for her for making the right decision for her child and shame on the people calling it an “excuse.” Also to note, FMLA allows women in this country 12 weeks of maternity leave and people have the audacity to say that she should be working crazy hours for a fashion show across the country less than 8 weeks after giving birth?

Cheryl on

Good for her. She is putting her family and the needs of her child first. She is lucky to be in a position where she has the option to do that.

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