George Kotsiopoulos: High-Fashion Style with a Midwestern Mentality

George Kotsiopoulos’ influence on Hollywood’s fashion scene is considerable.

Recognized as one of the most powerful stylists in the biz, he has dictated the wardrobes of some of the world’s most-watched women, including Julianne Moore and Zoe Saldana. Kotsiopoulos’ impressive career of nearly 20 years has allowed him to wear a variety of fashion hats: consultant, magazine editor, co-host of E! Entertainment Television’s “Fashion Police,” and Joan Rivers’ esteemed “Little Peach.” Now, Kotsiopoulos adds author to the list with his recently released book, “Glamorous by George,” a comprehensive guide of the best tips and tricks of the trade to equip women with the tools they need to attain movie-star-worthy style of their very own.

“Luckily, presenting timeless glamour doesn’t require a celebrity budget…just a state of mind,” Kotsiopoulos writes. “Confidence is key, but so are graciousness and good behavior.” Along with reminders of proper etiquette, readers will also find valuable lessons in wardrobe organization, fabric and silhouette selection, complementary colors for different skin tones, and what to keep in mind when setting out on future shopping trips.

Earlier this month, Kotsiopoulos visited his hometown of Chicago to attend a celebratory book event hosted by Swarovski. Make It Better was able to catch up with the stylist extraordinaire to ask him just what it takes to shine like a star.

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He explained that knowing how to edit a look to make it seem effortless is one of the most important things to learn. “[Women] should only have one major statement, at the most, maybe two,” he said. “It’s also important to know how to have things tailored for your body. Fit and tailoring is crucial.”

When it comes to putting extra effort toward the selection of daily outfits, Kotsiopoulos thoughtfully replied, “Why shouldn’t you honor yourself by getting a little bit dressed up? To make yourself feel better. It’s not for anybody else, it’s for you.”

For George Kotsiopoulos, it comes down to the endeavor. “The truth is,” he said, “everybody is beautiful. If you tried, you look great!”

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