Fashion Expert: Clinton Kelly

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Clinton Kelly is best known for the warm humor and stylistic flair he brings each week to TLC's top-rated show,
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Learn how to dress, speak, behave, eat, drink, entertain, decorate and generally be better than everyone else, from the man himself!!

Come out for a special appearance by Clinton Kelly of "What Not To Wear" Doing demonstrations from his new book Freakin' Fabulous. He will also be signing books and doing live fashion and lifestyle tips.

DATE: August 27, 2009 LOCATION: The Americana at Brand in Glendale, CA on the lawn TIME: Thursday 3 -5 p.m.


Clinton Kelly is best known for the warm humor and stylistic flair he brings each week to TLC's top-rated show, What Not to Wear. Since 2003 he has appeared in nearly 250 hour-long episodes of the series, in addition to several specials for TLC including Fashioning a Home with Clinton Kelly, Mind Your Manners, and Redo My Spouse.

Clinton has enjoyed a partnership with Macy's since 2005, appearing in high-profile, national television commercials and conducting style seminars in every major city across the United States.

In 2008 Clinton launched a successful line of women's casual wear in conjunction with QVC: Clinton Kelly for Denim and Company.

His most recent book is titled Freakin' Fabulous: How to Dress, Speak, Behave, Eat, Drink, Entertain and Generally Be Better than Everyone Else (October 2008, Simon Spotlight Entertainment). He previously co-authored Dress Your Best, The Complete Guide to Finding the Style That's Right for Your Body.

He has appeared on The Today Show, ABC's Nightline, The CBS Early Show, and The Tyra Banks Show, among others. He has either written for or been interviewed by InStyle, Real Simple, O, Men's Health, Redbook, The New York Times, and The Chicago Tribune, among others. Private clients have included Price Waterhouse Coopers and AARP.

Born in Panama City, Panama, Clinton was raised in Port Jefferson Station, Long Island.

He received his B.A. from Boston College and a Master's in Journalism from Northwestern University. He has been a contributing editor to Marie Claire, deputy editor of Mademoiselle, and executive editor of DNR, a well-respected men's wear trade magazine.

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Biggest fashion pet peeve: The "casualization" of America Don't get me wrong -- casual wear is important, and can be fun and stylish. However, on the whole, we've stopped caring about what clothing is appropriate for a given situation. Just a few examples: flip-flops are never appropriate for work (unless you work in a spa); pajamas are not appropriate for the supermarket (unless you've got the flu and nobody else on the planet is willing to shop for you); and butt crack is appropriate nowhere (that's right, nowhere).

A common fashion blunder: Dressing twenty years younger than you are. Many adults think that dressing like a teenager makes them look younger, when in fact the exact opposite is true. It just makes you look like you're trying to compete with 18-year-olds - and that's a losing battle. The 18-year-old is always going to look younger.

One thing I know: There are no quick fashion fixes If you've got rotten teeth, you don't just bleach them to make them look better. You fix them. If your wardrobe is rotten, you can't just throw on a cute shoe and think it's going to work. Throw out the garbage and start replacing it with pieces that work.

A personal fashion confession: I owned a pair of pleated-front, acid-washed Z. Cavaricci jeans in high school But, in my own defense, it was 1987 and I am from Long Island, the capital of scary fashion (in the 1980s, that is).

Favorite rule of thumb:[/b ]If you don't have fit, you don't have anything Learn the basics of fit and you're off to a great start. For example, shoulder seams should sit on your shoulders (I dare you to say that five times fast); your jackets should always close; your buttons shouldn't pull; your pants should hang about a half-inch from the ground. I could go on and on.

Favorite accessory: For myself, pocket squares and shoes with an elongated toebox.

Favorite splurge item: Cashmere sweaters It's an unhealthy addiction at this point.

Favorite budget item: Sunglasses I keep scratching or breaking my favorites and I'm getting sick of spending money on expensive ones.

Best part of WNTW: Keeping in touch with my favorite former participants After hosting more than a hundred episodes, I can honestly say that I've become friends with many of the people who've been on the show. With some it's regular emailing, others it's an occasional phone call. We even get together for cocktails when we happen to be in the same city. And believe me, some of those people like their cocktails.

Funniest moment while filming WNTW: I can't choose just one! I will say, however, that the funniest stuff happens when the cameras aren't rolling. Stacy and I are a couple of goofballs most of the time - we make up stupid songs, tell embarrassing stories, and pick lint off of each other like two orangutans in love.

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