TV Guide: Fashion police reads the riot act

2012-10-12 08:04

George Kotsiopolous is known as one of fashion authorities as a Fashion Police panelist on E!Entertainment. He meets Lesley Mofokeng

As a fashion police, do you feel pressure to look good all the time?
I make an attempt to look good. I enjoy dressing up when going to an event.

But during the day I don’t really ever look bad. I wear my beat-up jeans and YSL boots.

If I am working, styling or going to appointments, I don’t dress up because it would be ridiculous. But now I feel a little pressure because you have to practise what you preach.

How does it feel to work with Joan Rivers? She hates everything and everyone.
Joan is a classy woman, regardless of the vulgarities that come out of her mouth.

People have a different opinion of her, but she’s very elegant and chic. Her home is impeccable. It’s like Versailles.

She appreciates men who are gentlemen, and women who are ladies and exude the aura of being a movie star, glamour and elegance.

You studied accounting and ended up as a stylist. How important is it to follow your heart in life?
It’s hugely important.

I chose not to go into accounting because I realised how incredibly boring it was going to be and I would be doing myself a disservice.

I still wasn’t ready to jump into the creative realm, so I got a job in publicity and PR, and was unhappy because I wasn’t good at it.

I felt like I was a nuisance and was annoying journalists. I hated that job. I like my life in LA and enjoy working.

Are you concerned about not being taken seriously because the field you are in is seen as frivolous and superficial?
Taking pride in one’s appearance is beyond superficial. Fashion is art.

I like to surround myself with beautiful things 24/7 and everyone should enjoy that.

What informs your judgement when you vote on Fashion Police?
Generally a classic and aesthetically pleasing look, and whether it’s flattering on that person. You have to consider where they are, who they are and their age.

What are fashion faux pas for men you’ve noticed?
Wearing oversized clothes and being not current on jeans. Nothing ages you more than a wrong pair of “mom” jeans.

At a certain age you have to lose the college clothes with logos. The square toed shoes were maybe fashionable for a nano-second. They are horrible.

Wearing pants low is not cool, get a belt for crying out loud! And guys that wear other men’s names on their underwear are weird.

Unless you are dating Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger or Calvin Klein you should not be wearing their names on your private parts.

» Fashion Police is on E! Entertainment (Channel 124) on DStv on Saturdays at 10pm 

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