George Kotsiopoulos, style guru of “Fashion Police” and author of "Glamorous by George: The Key to Creating Movie Star Style," visited Long Island’s Tanger Outlets at the Arches on Friday. The new Brand Ambassador for Gap Factory Stores sat down with the Long Island Women’s Style Examiner in an exclusive interview to discuss his incredible rise to fashion fame and offered tips for busy moms to dress like a movie star on a budget. Toss out those yoga pants ladies!
Kotstiopoulos partnered with Dylan Penn, model, actress and daughter of Sean Penn and Robin Wright, to launch the “Exclusively Styled Gap Spring 2014 Collection.” The fashion pair appeared together at the Tanger Outlets Deer Park to showcase the fun and fashionable new line and give away a styling session with George to one sweepstakes winner, as he signed copies of his new book in the Gap meet and greet.
The 45-year-old has earned his spot as one of the top 25 Hollywood stylists. George Kotsiopoulos graciously took time out of his worldly travels for the Gap and the "Fashion Police" to discuss style tips before his appearance with Robin Wright.
It was an extreme pleasure to sit down with a member of the “Fashion Police,” who was polite, complimentary, witty and completely down to earth. He still is in awe of his journey from a Bachelor’s degree in accounting to a publicist and celebrity stylist to cast mate of Joan Rivers. George just returned to the states after trips to New Zealand and Australia, among other countries, and is bewildered that he is so well known globally.
His new book and Gap Factory campaign “tie in nicely together” because it is the “look of a star on a real girl’s budget.” The Gap spring line is “super chic and fashionable, yet affordable clothing.”
LIWSE: I just saw a fashion feature on local TV, which proclaimed denim over denim is one of the biggest spring fashion trends, fitting for today’s Exclusively Styled Event for the Gap. To me the look could be frumpy and matronly. How do you make it current?
GK: It’s not really a new trend, it’s been happening for the past several seasons. I think the trick for doing denim on denim is just making sure they are of different colors and washes. So if you do a faded denim jean, wear a dark denim shirt. You want to avoid the ‘Texas Tuxedo,' not to insult Texas (chuckles). As long as your clothing is tailored well, the look works. If you’re wearing sloppy clothes you will look messy and matronly, but there is a way to wear denim stylishly. For instance if you wear super skinny, dark washed jeans or flare jeans with a chambray shirt, I think it is a very chic, all-American look.
LIWSE: I am a busy working mom running here and there, which makes it very easy to throw on yoga pants and head out. What tips do you have for moms on the go to look fashionable on a budget?
GK: Ditch the yoga pants, unless of course you are going to work out, then yoga pants are fine, but I think what happens is moms are running in sweat gear and stay in relaxed clothing all day. If you insist on wearing a yoga pant, then cover it up with a stylish overcoat, something to glam it up. I know the priority is being a mom, but it is important to take care of you. A happy mom is a good mom. Wear a stretch jean or a jean-type legging. One of the looks from the Gap Factory is a very subtle tiger print, tone-on-tone, very comfortable, and they have pockets to slip your phone in. Also, simple things like wearing a little bit of lipstick when you go out. My mother would always put lipstick on before she left the house, and she’s not a fashionista. Wear big fabulous, very cool sunglasses; they are the thing! Anything with a little bit of effort to add a touch of glamour like great chic sneakers or a loafer changes the look.
The next Gap Factory campaign with George Kotsiopoulos of E!'s "Fashion Police" will feature Chanel Iman. Thank you to George for taking the time out of his hectic schedule to advise the busy moms of Long Island with a few valuable fashion tips.