Stylist George Kotsiopoulos is perhaps best known as the male member of Joan Rivers’ outspoken, ticket-issuing team on E! network’s hit show, Fashion Police, citing celebrities weekly for their fashion faux pas.
But, make no mistake, George “K.” is no reality TV hack. His celebrity clients include Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum, Julianne Moore, Kerry Washington, Courtney Cox Arquette, Eva Mendez and Zooey Deschanel. He currently serves as Style Director for C magazine and was formerly Market Editor and Producer at The New York Times Magazine. And, his book, Glamorous by George, will be released in January 2014.
Kotsiopoulos will make his own fashion statement this Friday, Oct. 25 at the Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills for the Tour de Fashion: An Indulgence in Shopping, Mojitos and More, a fundraising event for two dozen local charities, including Poverello and the Pride Center.
SFGN spoke with Kotsiopoulos recently about some of the emerging trends in fashion and how television is affecting the industry:What are the best fashion trends right now?
For guys, the cropped pant, not like a capri, but more like Mad Men. There’s no break and you see ankle. I know it’s something that’s on all the runways for fall and the skinny suit has been embraced by straight culture. It took men a long while to get into tailored suits. It’s funny, when you look back at old, old television shows from the ‘60s, every single man’s pant was short and you saw mankle. It fascinates me how things change.What trend would you like to see go away?
I’d have to say the stud trend. I’m so shocked and surprised that it’s still around. Everything has studs (from) shoes to bags. If you pick any decade—in the ‘80s it was shoulder pads—there’s something that just makes us cringe. We’re going to look at this decade 20 years from now and it’s going to be identifiable by all the studs.
But, on that note, there’s a whole punk thing happening for fall and you can’t have that without studs and straps and motorcycle jackets. If it’s a funky take, I can still like it. Ultimately, fashion is about having fun and experimenting with different looks.How has your own style evolved over the years?
There are things that I would have worn 10 years ago—the more “fashiony” elements like a metallic trench coat from Burberry—but that’s too much now. I draw the line between looking dignified and looking like a clown….Some looks are too youthful for me, yet most 44 year olds wouldn’t wear what I wear. I have the luxury of having fun, wearing outfits that people find fun and aspirational.What drove you to get into television?
One of the reasons I got into television was because of all the men I saw speaking about fashion on TV. I had worked at the New York Times magazine for eight years, so I know what I’m talking about, and I didn’t see anybody like me. There were just a lot of caricatures of the gay man who works in fashion, the clowny guy who says “girlfriend” and “sister” all the time. There is nothing wrong with that, not all of us are like that, even I can queen it out. But more importantly, I think most of the guys talking about fashion didn’t have any pedigree.
How has television and the Internet changed the industry and your career?
Television has had a huge effect. I started working as a stylist 16 or 17 years ago. People would say, “Oh, you do hair?” and I would tell them, “No, I work in fashion.” Now everyone knows what a stylist is, because of people like Rachel Zoe. When I started working you could only find fashion through designers….today, people know what Louis Vuitton, Prada and Gucci are and can afford a taste of it.
Tickets are still available ($30-75) for the Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills Tour de Fashion at ColonnadeOutletsTourdeFashion.com.