Like you, we were shocked to hear yesterday that Rachel Zoe and Brad Goreski were parting ways, but we were relieved to know that their split was amicable. But Rob Shuter at PopEater reports otherwise. Shuter writes, "this split was ugly for sure," but we're not so sure about that.
A friend of Zoe's said to Shuter, "Fashion week was definitely the turning point...Brad was sitting on the front row of every show and getting invited to as may events as his boss."
Wrong. There's photographic evidence that Brad was usually sitting one, if not more, rows behind his boss.
Allow us to submit a photo taken at the Donna Karan show on September 13th:
And don't forget--one of us sat next to Brad in the third row of Marc Jacobs' show while Rachel sat in the front, surrounded by photographers. When asked if Zoe was a good boss, Brad gushed about their relationship being "beyond" and such.
Since the split, Rachel has tweeted "Sad day for Brad and me, but also excited for what is to come! Thank you all for your kind words and wishes" and Brad tweeted "Hi everyone! its true. I have decided to go out on my own. I love @rzrachelzoe! shes been the best boss and teacher! excited for the future." As we know from Rachel's split with Taylor, Rachel doesn't mince words when she feels wronged by a former employee.
But the "friend" continues to PopEater, "[T]he final straw was when Brad appeared on the cover of The New York Times style section. Rachel hit the roof and reminded him he was her assistant and it was called 'The Rachel Zoe' show not the Brad Goreski show."
In the Times profile, Brad was called a "breakout personality" with a "Zelig-like presence" and was praised by the likes of Elle Creative Director Joe Zee and "Mad Men" costume designer Janie Bryant.
What do you think?
Here are Rachel and Brad through the years:
At Jade Jagger's unveling of Bevledere's Jagger Dagger
At The Red Thread: The Inspiration And Passion of Valentino Garavani
At Bravo's 'The Rachel Zoe Project' series launch party
At Carolina Herrera Fall 2009
With Prabal Gurung at a celebration of "The Rachel Zoe Project"
At Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
At the Marchesa Spring 2010 Presentation
At the 17th annual Divine Design benefiting Project Angel Food
At A|X Armani Exchange and ELLE's Joe Zee 'Disco Glam' soiree