With the Oscars coming up this Sunday, we could find no better time to catch up with Zanna Roberts Rassi…the quintessential multi-tasker. With current roles as Senior Fashion Editor at Marie Claire and Fashion & Style Correspondent for E! News and Today Show, as well as co-founder of the newly launched Milk Makeup, Rassi makes us feel – well – unproductive so to speak. We knew it was going to be a good interview when she divulged her love for a full English breakfast.
Rassi doesn’t take herself too seriously, admits that green juice works wonders for her skin and treats herself to a weekly Pilates class. The mom to baby twins also casually mentions her close friendship with Sienna Miller; we tried and failed at acting casual too. It’s no surprise we’re taking Rassi’s advice all to heart, especially the part about needing to own a pair of killer heels…
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
For breakfast, the full English cooked by my mum, preferably! Scrambled eggs, sausages, Heinz baked beans, HP sauce and white toast. Myers of Keswick in the West Village sell the real imported McCoy! And Blue Bottle coffee with too much cream. For lunch, a platter of fine cheeses and cold meats and colorful salad from Eataly. I’m a grazer. For dinner, rotisserie chicken from Paulette and a chunky salad. Post dinner snack – Maltesers – my favorite British chocolate. I had Rassi (my husband) stock it at Milk Studios.
What’s been the most memorable shoot in your career you’ve styled? What made it so memorable?
Most recently, a cover for Marie Claire with Sienna Miller. She’s a friend, so beautiful, and a dream to dress. The catering chosen by Sienna called Tart London was all cooked in the location house on set. We devoured chili scrambled eggs and had a good old natter. With happy tummies everyone created an amazing shoot!
I’ve just come back from LA styling a top secret Target shoot with the awesome agency, Mother. Motion is so different. It’s a whole new set of practices and production, with way more people and prep. We had about twenty talent to style.
You work across a number of outlets; what’s your personal definition of good content?
Something that is entertaining to read or watch, but you also walk away with an impression. A thought. An idea. An inspiration. It’s all about the takeaway.
How do you practice beauty from the inside out?
I have twin babies, which is super physical and I’m basically working out all the time! I laugh that my arms have never been more toned. I treat myself to a Pilates class once a week. It makes a difference – I feel longer! Food-wise I will do a four-day juice cleanse once every six months. It resets me and I am more conscious about what I put in my body – well, at least for a minute.
What are your morning and nightly beauty routines?
Morning is rapid! I have about fifteen minutes to get everything done – hot shower, slather Kiehl’s Creme De Corps Moisturizer all over and Eve Lom TLC on my super dry skin. Makeup starts with Stila Illuminating Foundation. Then it’s time to add some life to my face! I use Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer to chisel cheekbones, followed by the Ubame Mascara for big volume lashes. I dab Milk Makeup Highlighter in Lit on the centre of my eyelid as an eyeshadow, then on the top of cheekbones for a lift!
As the day goes on I add drama (usually in the back of a cab). Milk Makeup Lip Marker in TKO (bright pink) is my favorite at the moment along with Eye Vinyl in Tunnel for the quickest dramatic eye EVER.
Are there foods and drink you avoid? What are they and why?
Pasta! It makes me feel terrible the next day.
What foods do you find best for your skin? Worst?
Best – Green juices.
Worst – Salted nuts. They make me puffy.
The one accessory every woman should own…
A killer heel that takes any outfit from blah to hot. It’s the fashion equivalent of a strong, bright lipstick, as the most transformative piece a girl can own.
What do you consider to be the biggest styling faux pas?
Ill-fitting jeans. The worst.
What you’re hoping not to see on the Oscars red carpet?
No more jewel-tone strapless mermaid gowns. Please!
What you’re hoping to see on the Oscars red carpet?
There is an influx of young ingénues on the carpet this year like Alicia Vikander, Rooney Mara, and Brie Larson. I love girls like this who take risks and wear fashion. I hope to see lots of interesting silhouettes, fabrics, and colors.
Can you tell us what you’ll be wearing?
Goodness knows! This decision is usually made the day before! My red carpet go-tos are Valentino and Marc Jacobs.
How do you always start your day?
By downing a large glass of water right out of bed and warming two bottles of milk for my babies.
Do you cook with your husband? What do you two like to make together? Where do you like to go out to dinner?
When we spend time at our country house we get to cook. We eat pretty clean. One of my favorites is some kind of grilled fish or steak with a crunchy salad (tomato, cucumber and red onion topped with balsamic). We have an issue/addiction to rotisserie chickens. At least two nights a week we’re sure to be eating rotisserie chicken! Hill Country BBQ is our go-to.
The quick skincare routine you do when your skin is feeling dull…
What are your favorite cities for food? What restaurants do you go to in each?
In Paris, Chez Janou (my Marie Claire colleagues and I spent way too much time there over fashion week!). In London, Maggie Jones’ farmhouse-style traditional British food! It was our go-to on a Sunday afternoon for a hearty lunch when I used to live there. In Milan, Bice – Delicious home-cooked Italian goodness. It’s a regular haunt for editors and fashion folk.
What would your perfect smoothie be comprised of?
Pre-Fashion-Week I need a cleansing boost! Oranges, lemon, carrots, cucumbers, ginger, and cayenne pepper! By day three, it will contain peanut butter, bananas and honey.
In the same vein as what is the new black in fashion, what’s ‘the new potato’ right now?
Bee Pollen. The superfood! Our Milk Makeup co-founder Georgie Greville gave me a dose when I was coming down with a serious cold and it knocked it off. It’s not just for immune system benefits, though, it’s also great for digestive help, energy, fertility issues! It’s the ultimate all ‘rounder.
*Zanna Roberts Rassi, photographed at Milk Studio in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann