OK, I have to admit I have had a bit of a crush on George Kotsiopoulos ever since the first time I saw him on “Fashion Police.” I mean, come on, he is so super cute and that smile makes me melt every time.
Having said that, can you imagine how excited I was when I found out I was going to interview him? I think I was very professional and did a good job of hiding my school girl crush during the interview, however. It was a pleasure to interview George and find out what a sweet, genuine guy he is shortly before his appearance in South Florida at Sawgrass Mills on Friday, October 25.
At what age did you originally get interested in fashion?
As long as I can remember I always cared about what I wore. It probably started around 2nd or 3rd grade.
Did you have a unique fashion style as a child?
No, but I was very particular about what I wore. If I liked something, I would wear it a lot. It was the bane of my mom’s existence because she thought people would think we were poor.
What was your first professional job in Fashion?
[I worked] as an associate fashion editor at The New York Times Magazine.
Who was the first famous person you styled?
It was the beautiful Kate Hudson for the New York premiere of “Almost Famous” and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Who are your favorite people to style?
My favorite is anyone who is interested in fashion and who cares and is open to new ideas. I find that usually either very knowledgeable or totally clueless works best. The worst is someone who thinks they know everything. Then we usually fight and it’s not a creative process.
Who do you think is the best dressed male and female nowadays?
I like the way Emma Stone puts herself together. In addition, Rihanna is incredible, Kerry Washington is elegant, and Zoe Saldana is a fashion plate. I like Ryan Gosling because he seems to be interested in fashion, and of course George Clooney for always being classic. In addition, Andrew Garfield always looks cool; he wears fashion without it wearing him.
What is a fashion must-have for all men?
I think a good pair of straight-legged dark washed jeans with simple stitching [is a must]. I personally like a heavier winged tip shoe as well. A grey suit also works well for any occasion.
What’s the “it” product for men’s fashion right now?
For fall, it’s lots of paisley, bomber jackets, tweedy checks from Brooks Brothers, and color is back.
What’s a very important tip in fashion?
Know what size you are!
How did you get the job on Fashion Police?
I had been kicking around in TV for 10 years or so and they asked me to audition. I was lucky that the planets aligned, and it has changed my life.
How is it working with Giuliana, Kelly and Joan? Is it as fun as it looks?
Yeah, it’s super fun to work with all three of them. Kelly was just crashing my room during Fashion Week. It’s a pleasure to work with people you like, you enjoy their company, and you want to hang out with them.
How come such a sexy man like yourself is single? What qualities are you looking for in a man?
I think it’s hard to meet guys in L.A., as guys tend to be somewhat standoffish (including myself). I was just in New York and it seemed much easier to meet guys.
I want a guy who takes care of himself physically, as I do, and he should be fun and funny and smart and of course ambitious. And I need someone who I can plop into many situations and he can take care of himself. He also needs to be charming, but not too charming.
What’s ahead for George?
I have a book coming out in January that’s called “Glamorous by George.” I am also working on a clothing line that will debut sometime next year. In addition, I am looking to do more television. I want to stay on television as long as television will have me.
Don’t forget to see George in person at The Colonnade Outlets at Sawgrass Mills Tour de Fashion on Friday, October 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $30 for the Designer Level and $75 for the Couture Level. This is a charity event and 100% of the profits go to 35 local charities including Poverello and Pride Center. Tickets can be purchased at: ColonnadeOutletsTourDeFashion.com.