Celebrity stylist and television personality Jess Zaino is the girl you want by your side on a fashion-finding mission. With her unique brand of New York sass mixed with Los Angeles insider style, Jess has become one of the most recognizable faces on the style scene.
I’ve been following Jess’ career since her stint as co-host of the Style Network’s Modern Girls Guide to Life. Since then, Jess has entertained and enlightened fashion-challenged gals as the on-air stylist for Style Network shows How Do I Look?, Style Court, and The Look for Less. Her expertise has also been featured on E!, TV Guide Channel, and USA. Most recently, Jess competed on VH1’s Glam God with Vivica A. Fox.
Despite her busy sched, Jess found time to talk fashion trends and share some of her style secrets. Enjoy!
SP: When did you first fall in love with fashion?
JZ: There was a show on when I was a kid called Webster with Emanuel Lewis. In the opening sequence, he wore a pair of green striped Adidas. I loved those shoes!! I made my mom get them for me and wore them everyday for years. It was then that I realized I could really get into my own sense of fashion.
SP: What was your first big break as stylist?
JZ: Making deconstructed tee-shirts that I wore as a co-host on a music show. It caught the attention of Kelly Osbourne and a stylist was born.
SP: What does it take to succeed as a fashion stylist?
JZ: To have an eye for style, detail, art and trends and to apply it perfectly to a look, whether it be on a celeb, a personal client or in a magazine.
SP: What is your style philosophy?
JZ: Follow your own fashion trends always!
SP: If you could spend the day with one fashion icon (living or deceased), who would it be and what would you do?
JZ: Oooh, this is a toughie. I have so many. A young Elizabeth Taylor, Diane Vreeland, Coco Chanel, Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich, Kate Moss. We would have morning tea and biscuits at the Chateau Marmont and inspire each other with our thoughts on the ways of the world.
SP: What makes a woman stylish?
JZ: When she is confident in her look.
SP: Who are some of your favorite designers of all time?
JZ: Valentino, Chanel, Oscar De La Renta, Calvin Klein, Moschino, Shoshanna, Charlotte Ronson, and Jennifer Meyer.
SP: Which trends will be big this spring and summer?
JZ: Bright and BIG floral prints on mini dresses. Global chic floor-length dresses. Graphic tees and DIY denim shorts. Ornamented bangle bracelets. Strappy wedge heels.
SP: Which trend(s) do you wish would die?
JZ: Those thin headbands worn at the forehead. Ugg, as in ick. And also, yes, Uggs.
SP: Chicest color combinations for spring/summer?
JZ: Any bright, pop-y colors with black.
SP: Current handbag obsession?
JZ: My own clutch at StreetChicbyJessZaino.com.
SP: Which celebrities are you dying to style and why?
JZ: I had a dream that I styled Britney Spears the other day. That was fun.
SP: Where are your favorite places to shop?
JZ: The new TopShop on Broadway in NYC and GiltGroupe.com.
SP: What tips do you have for women who want star style on a budget?
JZ: Take a look thru the mags and see what your favorite stars are wearing. Take those pix to a Forever 21, H&M or Target and sho’ nuff, they’ll be selling the look for less.
SP: Can you share some figure-slimming fashion tips?
JZ: Draw attention to your best asset. Single color-schemes work. Don’t wear clingy or shiny coz that will pick up all the bumps and lumps. Wear pants that are slightly below your waist. And high heels will always elongate a look, lift the bum and make you look drop dead sexy.
SP: What are three accessories every woman should own?
JZ: Fab sunglasses. Fab earrings. Big, fat, fab cocktail rings – Nicole Richie’s House of Harlow line rocks around the clock.
SP: What products are staples in your makeup bag?
JZ: Clinique full coverage foundation, NARS The Multiple for cheeks, Chanel cream eye shadow, Cover Girl mascara, MAC Russian Red lipstick and travel-sized spritzer of Stella McCartney’s Stella.
SP: What other passions do you have besides fashion?
JZ: Traveling, reading, yoga, long walks, spa-ing, family-ing.
SP: What music are you listening to right now?
JZ: This very second? Spank Rock on my iPod.
SP: What’s next for Jess Zaino?
JZ: I am a launching an ultra-sexy and chic, menswear-inspired button-down for women entitled The Boyfriend Shirt for SEW (a men’s bespoke shop in NYC). Help me make it iconic! Stay in touch at TheBoyfriendShirt.com – I’ve also got a couple of television and online tricks up my sleeve. Be a friend at MySpace.com/Superdeluxestyle.