Talking Style with Stacy London
Stacy London shares her secrets at Westfield Mall in Escondido.
By Rebekah Sager
Stacy London began her career as an assistant fashion stylist at Vogue magazine. She left Vogue to work as a freelance stylist. She went back to the magazine world to work at Mademoiselle magazine as a senior fashion editor. In 2003, London launched her TV career co-hosting the TLC makeover show “What Not To Wear” with Clinton Kelly. In addition to her hosting duties, London is a regular fashion contributor to NBC’s Today Show. She’s appeared on Oprah, Access Hollywood, and the Early Show. I met up with London at the Westfield mall in Escondido, where she was appearing in her cross-country style tour. Adoring fans waited in long lines to hear London’s opinions on everything from fall fashion trends to style essentials.
R-What is the number one style tip you’d give women?
SL- Take your time when you shop. Go maybe once a week or once a month and just browse. Buy what you love. Don’t buy when you’re in a hurry and you need something that day. Believe me, if you buy a great fitting little dress, eventually you’re going to use it. Be strategic not impulsive.
I want people to enjoy the process of shopping. You’re painting your own canvas.
R- How would you describe “power dressing”?
SL- A fitted jacket and a pencil skirt. It’s just shy of dominatrix. All you need next is a riding crop.
R- What do you think of following trends?
SL- Trends should all be taken is small doses. Color was huge on the runway this season, but not everybody can or should wear big bright color from head to toe. A trace of color is better--A red belt with red shoes. Pick and choose one trend—be it color, pattern, texture, or shine. Not all together. And women need to be aware of their age, body type, and lifestyle when they choose what to wear.
R- Why are you doing this tour collaborating with the Westfield Malls?
SL- This gives me a chance to educate consumers. I want people to have the best experience shopping at the mall. Malls can be overwhelming. Whether it’s how to shop, what to buy, or how to make a dollar stretch, if I can help people through the process. I describe my job as a style advocate for consumers.
R- If a woman has only one thing in their closet, what should it be?
SL- Own a great fitting dress. It’s easy and can go in a lot of different directions. But the important thing to me is to be yourself. Everyone is a snowflake. I try to promote individuality.