Photo courtesy of George Kotsiopoulos
In a modern world full of multi-hyphenates, George Kotsiopoulos is one person who is genuinely steeped in the fashion industry in multiple capacities.
Having cut his editorial teeth as a fashion associate at T Magazine and the New York Times, the Chicago native understands the industry from a fast paced point of view and has been able to successfully parlay his work behind the scenes to the other of side of the camera as an on-air co host and personality.
Known best for his expertise and eloquent red carpet commentary along side the late Joan Rivers on the E! Network’s Fashion Police, the editor and stylist gives consistently clear-cut sartorial advice and insight meant to steer men and women toward a timeless and effortless look.
His book, "Glamorous by George", released in 2014 is full of exactly this type of advice and he has continued to give his fans a signature mix of credible, concrete and upbeat fashion commentary on his robust social media as well as when appearing on various award show red carpets.
Kotsiopoulos’ love for a rare vintage treasure, plus his affinity for the polished glamour of silver screen icons of 1940s and 1950s makes estate jewelry a no brainer for the Los Angeles resident. He appreciates the interesting stories that often accompany estate jewelry and has placed many such pieces on his celebrity clients.
Here, the style expert speaks about his favorite era for jewelry and the piece he would love to own himself one day.
Do you recall what sparked your love of jewelry and fashion?
I love the idea of “newness” and how one can change perceptions by the clothing they choose to wear. Regardless of what we are wearing, our clothes are the costume for the character that we want to play on any given day.
What do you especially like about estate jewelry? And do you tend to wear a lot of it?
I love anything vintage or estate, particularly jewelry, because these pieces tend to be more unique and interesting. I like knowing that something has a history and comes with a story. I’ve placed vintage jewels on many red carpet clients but I don’t have any of my own. I’d love a vintage Rolex from 1968 (the year I was born) at some point.
In addition to fashion, you have quite an eye for interior design. Do you ever scour vintage or estate pieces for the home? What are some of your favorite finds?
I veer more eclectic and prefer a nice mix of vintage, found, inherited and new pieces. I’m always looking on ebth.com (Everything But the House) or hitting up flea markets and “junk” vintage stores for those special finds. I found this huge vintage Art Deco folding screen from the 20s/30s on EBTH that covers the wall in my living room. I scored a fantastic mid-entry marble box (also on EBTH!) that looks like a modern piece from Kelly Wearstler.
Your book focused on classic and classy style for women, when it comes to jewelry, what are 3 key pieces that you think a woman should have as the foundation of her “jewelry wardrobe” in order to have timeless style?
Diamond studs are a must for any woman…the bigger, the better! A small gold post or hoops are great everyday items. Any ring with a personal story whether it’s a gift or a family heirloom is must.
Do you have a favorite era for vintage jewelry?
I definitely veer towards Victorian for the exquisite detail. I always say, “They just don’t make things like they used to” when I’m looking at jewelry from this era. I also like that pieces had multiple uses, like a necklace would transform into something, like 3 brooches.
Who are a few of your all time favorite jewelry designers?
I love David Webb for being quirky and chic. The archives at Cartier and Bulgari are beyond! Vhernier jewelry is super cool and sleek. Kimberly McDonald’s pieces are great for both casual and formal attire.