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'What Not to Wear' Interview With Clinton Kelly and Stacy London

by Sandra Deane, posted May 29th 2009 10:00AM
What Not to WearTLC's 'What Not to Wear' is back (Fri., 9PM), with its most fabulous season yet: including a celebrity makeover -- 'Blossom' star Mayim Bialik sheds her goth-hippie "freak-wear" -- and a new episode with the biggest makeover meltdown to date.

In a revealing interview with AOL TV, style crime-busters Clinton Kelly and Stacy London get real about Jon and Kate (and that hair!), Michelle Obama, Britney Spears, the Whoopi backlash and dressing for the recession. -- By Sandy Deane


TLC's 'What Not to Wear' is back (Fri., 9PM), with its most fabulous season yet: including a celebrity makeover -- 'Blossom' star Mayim Bialik sheds her goth-hippie "freak-wear" -- and a new episode with the biggest makeover meltdown to date.

In a revealing interview with AOL TV, style crime-busters Clinton Kelly and Stacy London get real about Jon and Kate (and that hair!), Michelle Obama, Britney Spears, the Whoopi backlash and dressing for the recession. -- By Sandy Deane

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    The "after" shots of TLC's 'What Not to Wear' makeover on 'Blossom' star Mayim Bialik

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    The "after" shots of TLC's 'What Not to Wear' makeover on 'Blossom' star Mayim Bialik

    The "after" shots of TLC's 'What Not to Wear' makeover on 'Blossom' star Mayim Bialik

    The "after" shots of TLC's 'What Not to Wear' makeover on 'Blossom' star Mayim Bialik

    The "after" shots of TLC's 'What Not to Wear' makeover on 'Blossom' star Mayim Bialik

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    The "after" shots of TLC's 'What Not to Wear' makeover on 'Blossom' star Mayim Bialik

    TLC

    The "after" shots of TLC's 'What Not to Wear' makeover on 'Blossom' star Mayim Bialik

    TLC

    The "after" shots of TLC's 'What Not to Wear' makeover on 'Blossom' star Mayim Bialik

    TLC

    The "after" shots of TLC's 'What Not to Wear' makeover on 'Blossom' star Mayim Bialik

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    TLC's 'What Not to Wear'

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Why did you decide to make over 'Blossom' star Mayim Bialik?
Clinton:
Stacy and I have cracked 'Blossom' jokes for years on the show, so when the producers said, "What do you think about making over Mayim Bialik?" we practically jumped for joy. We thought it was hilarious. The great thing about Mayim is that she's super smart and got it immediately, unlike some of the ding-dongs we have on the show. Mayim was great -- she's funny, she knows how to make television and she's smart, so that's kind of the perfect recipe for a great makeover.



Stacy: Oh, Mayim was a total hot mess. One of the biggest problems I saw was that her insides and her accomplishments did not match the way she was dressing. It was this unbelievable disconnect between this incredibly accomplished, talented woman and somebody who looked like she was on the verge of being homeless. Let's face it, Blossom could have been the worst dressed character of all time, but it takes a pretty good actress to be able to play her. Then, to have stepped away from being a television star and have gotten married, [she] had two kids, a PhD in neuroscience and entering acting again ... all of that was sort of lost in the wet hair, hippie dippy trippy long skirts, with a little bit of pseudo-punk thrown in. It was a great experience to watch her sort of discover herself again.

What other celebrity would you like to make over, and why?
Clinton: I know that Mickey Rourke is a hot mess, so I would really love a chance to make [him] over. "I'm taking you right back to the doctor that did that to your face!" Aw, poor Mickey. I know; it's terrible.
Stacy: Britney Spears, and I think it's obvious [why]. We watched that poor woman unravel in the press and I think that, in and of itself, was a crime. This woman is just a beautiful girl who could really own not only her sexuality, but also her femininity and her personality, if she was really given a sophisticated makeover. And that is not about showing every ounce of skin that you possibly can, and that is really about watching the caterpillar become a butterfly. I think she's got the potential to do [that], I really do. It just makes me sad.

The ObamasWhat do you think of Michelle Obama's fashion choices?
Clinton: I think Michelle Obama has a fantastic sense of style and it's so refreshing to see a woman in the White House who gets it. She understands what it's like to be a modern woman and dress as a modern woman. She's not putting on airs of being some sort of blue-blood, hoity-toity old moneyed woman. She's worked hard on her brain, she's worked hard on her career, she's worked hard on her family, she's obviously worked hard on her body, and I think that she's showing it off very, very tastefully.
Stacy: I really wish she would call me, I'm not going to lie. The spotlight is on her, she's a beautiful woman, and she's made some very bold choices and very smart choices. I think for her the real key to perfecting her style is fit. I think she needs a little help in tailoring. She's got a long, lean body -- I'm all for her showing arms, I don't care what the big hullabaloo is about that -- but I feel that fit is not working for her perfectly yet. I think that part of that is that she really does get things from designers and wears them, rather than having them fitted to her.

Your show airs on the same network as 'Jon & Kate Plus 8.' What do you think of their personal style transformations?
Clinton:
You know what -- oh God, there's so much I want to say, but the network execs would kill me if I said it. I think that, yes, they have evolved from the way their style used to be, but I don't think the evolution is complete. Kate's haircut ... I mean, honestly, I can't stand it. That spiky thing on the back of her head, it's like there's a porcupine following her around all the time! I cannot stand that haircut. There are many other things that I could say, there are many other criticisms I could make, but what I'm going to say is that I can't stand her haircut.
Stacy: I think that being under the microscope of being on TV and having people watch you, that personal style evolution happens a little bit faster. They've got eight kids to raise; it's very hard to make your personal style a priority. So, I give them credit for that. If it were me, I would change Kate's hair. I'm not going to lie, I don't understand it. She thinks it's going to catch on, I think she's trying to catch up. It's done, it's gone, Flock of Seagulls doesn't even play together anymore.

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What does the recession mean for fashion right now?
Clinton:
For too long, Americans have been obsessed with quantity over quality. It's all about having a closet full of junk. I think that Americans, style-wise, need to put on the brakes, reassess how they've been dressing, realize that junk is junk and they should have fewer pieces that are better quality and just wear them more often. That's what I hope will happen.
Stacy: It's a fantastic opportunity for the consumer because everything is on sale, but it's a really fantastic opportunity for the industry in terms of innovation. I don't think that great style happens in a vacuum; you need parameters in order to have great style and the recession forces us to think about new ways of putting our wardrobes together, shopping in our own closets, or even for designers to make clothing at a good price point.



How did you react when Whoopi Goldberg ranted on 'The View' about Stacy's style assessment?
Clinton:
I don't think what Stacy said was really that off the mark, quite frankly. She's an awesome person, she's incredible at what she does, I think that her style is uniquely her own and it works for her. If she wants to dress like that, that's her prerogative. I have the utmost respect for her, but I don't think what Stacy said was wrong.
Stacy: Whoopi is entitled to say whatever the hell she wants. What I do is my job, and I feel that, even not knowing somebody, I can take a look at what they're wearing and constructively say why it doesn't work and what they could do to make it better. But if Whoopi truly feels that angry about it, instead of proselytizing at the end of 'The View,' I wish that she would have taken me on directly. That's really my only wish. In my opinion, more power to her, if she disagrees with what I have to say -- that's exactly the same right she has as my being able to say, "Wow, I wouldn't put you in that outfit because I think you're prettier than that. I would put you in something more figure flattering, I would put you in something that I think speaks to who you are as a beautiful, intelligent woman." But that wasn't her reaction to it. I have absolutely no control over that and no animosity towards her whatsoever.

Clinton Kelly's most embarrassing jacketWhat's the most embarrassing thing in your closet?
Clinton: It is a jacket by Bynum & Bang. It is a sort of an electric lime green chinoiserie silk smoking jacket. That's embarrassing. It looked so great on the mannequin and I spent a lot of money on it.
Stacy: Yeah, we refer to it as the Liberace jacket. I've seen him wear it, and you know what? It is the most embarrassing thing in his wardrobe. I'm not going to lie, his wardrobe is really pretty good but, listen, we all have slip-ups. Actually, I have a full-length red cotton jersey maxi dress that I wear sometimes to sleep, that makes me look a little bit like Little Edie in 'Grey Gardens.' [Drew Barrymore] totally brought that look back. Did you see that red outfit she was wearing at the end of the movie when she was singing, 'Tea for Two,' at the nightclub? First of all, I thought she was genius. But I was like, "Go, Drew! Bring back the red maxi!"

What is the one thing you would make over -- or your pet peeve -- about each other?
Clinton: She plays her music very loud in her dressing room in the morning. It's not bad music. She had 'All the Single Ladies' on repeat for, I don't know, it was like an hour, and I had just come in, and I was tired, and I hadn't had my coffee. And I was like, "Shut that damn music up!" As much as I love that song, it's too early for this. In the mornings, she's a little bit higher energy than I am.
Stacy: He has a tendency to wear tight jeans, and [recently] he was wearing these kind of loosey-goosey ... not baggy, but just a different kind of jean ... and he looked fantastic in them -- I mean truly drop-dead -- and I was like, "You have got to keep those jeans." So if there was anything I would do, it would be to force him to keep those jeans and for him to wear them and to put those into rotation with the others.

What Not to WearWe've heard someone's going to have a complete meltdown over her hair this season. What happened?
Clinton: I've done almost 250 episodes, and it's always been a happy ending. And this one person could not hold it together to even pretend to be happy at the end of the show. Quite frankly, I think that her reaction to her haircut was excessive, and for me, that says that there are deep issues there that somebody needs to deal with. If you are going to be so upset over your haircut that you are going to cry for 24 hours, there's a little bit of a problem. So, I think it's unfortunate, but I can only have so much sympathy for her. The worst case scenario is that it's a bad haircut and you don't like it, and it will grow back.
Stacy: Well, it's not ideal, it's certainly not what we want for the show, and I think that, in general, it was a very telltale sign of how this woman was truly feeling about herself. Ideally, the process of the show is supposed to get to that insecurity and to sort of help them start from scratch and rebuild it. I felt badly because that's not what you want to have happen on the show, but it happens. I think she left feeling badly [but] knowing that she'd gained something from the experience. You know, that dichotomy between how you feel and what you know? I think it was going to take her a little while to find a happy medium between the two.

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Anisha

I saw a really interesting interview with Clinton at TheCelebrityCafe.com...thought I would share!
http://thecelebritycafe.com/interview/office-star-creed-bratton-07-28-2010

August 01 2010 at 11:19 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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