George Kotsiopoulos knows what looks good. As a fashion editor, consultant, stylist, and co-host of E!’s Fashion Police, Kostiopoulos’s fifteen plus years in the fashion and entertainment industries have earned him the reputation as one of the most powerful stylists in Hollywood. In his new book, Glamorous by George (available January 21 by Abrams Image), Kotsiopoulos brings his witty banter and high-fashion knowledge to readers, providing advice on subjects ranging from closet organization to being the perfect party host. “I miss iconic women,” he writes in the introduction. “Especially today, looking out into a sea of overnight boldface names, many of whom are defined by dalliances and headline-making disasters. I long for the return of the real movie star: the allure, the wit, and the mystique.” And that’s just what George aims to assist women with: channeling their inner-movie star. The Daily Beast pulls together some of George’s best advice on achieving that glamorous lifestyle.
“I can’t believe how particularly dumb people are being about nude photos. If you’re going to take or send nude photos, crop your damn head!”
On Plastic Surgery:
“If you think plastic surgery is going to change your life in some big, sudden way, that’s not a good reason to do it. Having a new nose or fewer wrinkles won’t make Mr. Right appear or bring you a bunch of new friends. And if you have underlying issues about your self-image, be careful about going under the knife, because changing your appearance that way can get out of control quickly or put you in a negative spiral. Let Heidi Pratt from The Hills be a warning.”
“A bad hairstylist is like a bad boyfriend. If you’re not with the right person, then you’re wasting your time.”
On Hosting a Party:
“At a certain point in your life, using plastic becomes tacky, especially since party glasses have become so inexpensive. My rule is that you shouldn’t use cheap plastic at a party unless it’s part of the theme and used with irony.”
On Brand Logos:
“Flashing logos is so tacky. If you wear a big logo on your clothes, whether it’s emblazoned on the front of your T-shirt, the back pocket of your jeans, or in big bold letters on the side of your sunglasses, you’re essentially acting like an ad, which is totally déclassé.
On Counterfeit Products:
“If you’re a rich lady with a knockoff, you’re cheap and a liar. If you’re a girl who doesn’t have much money and is carrying a counterfeit bag, you’re still pretending to be someone you’re not.”
“You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find the perfect fit, whether searching for a mate or for a pair of well-fitting jeans.”
“Be polite! Manners aren’t just for Emily Post, your grandma, or fancy soirees—good behavior is as classy as Gucci and Givenchy.”
On Fast Fashion:
“Shoddy materials will always look bad. There’s no reason to throw your money away or fill your closet with junk (even if it’s cute).”