There is the Fabulous that we know -- those lifestyles so easily tagged and bagged by the media, the Brangelinas and La Lohans -- and then there is the Fabulous with far fewer hang-ups and flashbulbs. And it is here that Mazdack and Zanna Rassi work and play.
In 2005, Mr. Rassi's Milk Studios -- a favorite for New York's top photographers and fast-growing rival to Bryant Park as Fashion Week's top staging ground -- provided the location for his first meeting with his wife, Marie Claire fashion editor Zanna. They retired to Passerby, where Rassi (as he's known), "didn't shut up for 45 minutes," Zanna says. "I was staring at him half thinking, 'You're really cute,' and half thinking, 'You really don't stop talking, do you?'"
But the Rassis weren't always so fabulous. In 1996 he -- a swarthy, charming and broke Midwestener, via Tehran -- needed all his chutzpah (and investors), to open Milk. His two partners found a building in the then seedy Meatpacking District. "I was like, 'Let's do a photo studio.' And they trusted me. I didn't know anything about anything. I made everything up." As for Zanna (nÃ©e Roberts), picture her at age 15 -- before modeling brought her to magazines -- sneaking into the Hacienda to watch the Happy Mondays in her hometown of Manchester, England. A long way from her future star turns on reality shows like Project Runway and The Shot.
Married last June, the two embody different
planets in the same solar system, constantly in orbit
with the photographers, models, editors and
designers who make up their galaxy of friends and
colleagues. This isn't to say that the pair doesn't
know how to step away. They spend summers on
the Jersey Shore and winter weekends snowboarding
in Vermont. But they're most at home with
the group that surrounds their dining table. "Our
table will grow as the night goes on," says Rassi.
"Friends are the family you choose. We're very
lucky to have a great family."
Mazdack wears a jacket, shirt, and tie by Tom Ford and jeans by Burberry. Zanna wears a dress by L'agence. The Rassis were shot at Milk Studios in Los Angeles