Former Fashion Police contributor George Kotsiopoulos is a fashion consultant, editor and stylist, and has worked with Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum, Debra Messing and Julianne Moore. In 2013, he hosted The Grand Canal Shoppes‘ Fashion’s Night Out opening extravaganza, and he gave us the scoop before the big event.
What first interested you in fashion?
George Kotsiopoulos: Film and television fueled my interest in fashion from a young age. In particular, films like What A Way to Go with Shirley MacLaine (and a slew of leading men including Paul Newman, Gene Kelly and Dean Martin); Pillow Talk with Doris Day and Rock Hudson; Doctor Zhivago with Julie Christie and Omar Sharif and The Philadelphia Story with Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant. In addition, the TV show Style with Elsa Klench gave me foray into this unattainable world.
You worked in the style department at the New York Times Magazine. What were the most important things it taught you about fashion?
GK: It was really like going to college because I learned not only the simple things like the correct pronunciation of all designer’s names, but the history of fashion, which gave me a point of reference to what I saw on the runways.
You used to help your older sister shop. What looks did you successfully help her avoid?
GK: This was in the ’80s, so there was never an earring too large or a mini too stretchy, but I can proudly say that acid wash jeans never made their way into our home.
Tell me about your experience on The Young and The Restless.
GK: (Laughs) That was so much fun! My friend Maria Bell was the head writer on Y&R and decided to create a fashion magazine on the show called Restless Style, so she asked me to play myself as its Fashion Editor. I have such a huge respect for everyone who works in this insanely fast-paced and underrated genre.
You’ve styled so many stars. What are some of the looks you’re most proud of creating?
GK: I’m most proud of styling all the of the awards looks for Frieda Pinto and Dev Patel of Slumdog Millionaire.
Who is one celebrity you’d most like to style today?
GK: Emma Stone. She is close enough to sample size that everything fits her and she has the star power to get anything she wants from any designer in the world at anytime she needs.
The temperature in Las Vegas can reach into the 90s in September. How can people still wear the hottest looks for fall and stay comfortable?
GK: I always think one should dress for the weather and location regardless of the time of year. It’s fine for a man to wear a linen suit in the fall at a beach-resort locale like Miami, but a cotton suit would be better for a more urban setting like Las Vegas or Los Angeles. It’s much easier for women, because designers are always doing sleeveless and strapless looks for women regardless of the season.
What’s one item you can’t leave home without?
GK: My Yves Saint Laurent cap-toe combat boots that used to be shiny black but now have the most gorgeous sueded grey patina from years of wear-and-tear. I wear them pretty much every day. What can I say? I’m a creature of habit.