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Someone call the Fashion Police! Talking to George Kotsiopoulos

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“Classic movie-star glamor is within everyone’s reach,” Fashion Police co-host and celebrity stylist George Kotsiopoulos tells me. “Confidence is the key to red-carpet-ready personal style,” he adds. In town visiting the Swarovski boutique on Lincoln Road to toast his first tome, Glamorous by George, we chat up the wildly popular E! breakout star on Miami, fashion regrets and his sartorial pet peeves (Read: no more butt cleavage!).

You’re a co-host on the blisteringly honest and fiercely funny “Fashion Police” TV show alongside Joan Rivers, Kelly Osbourne and Giuliana Rancic — do you ever feel guilty panning certain celebrities’ outfits?

I never personally attack anyone, I simply talk about their clothing. So no, I do not regret anything or feel guilty. My critiques are mostly aimed at take-aways for the viewer at home to learn from.

You are of Greek descent — how did your most likely conservative parents react to your interest in the arts?

I’m proud to say that I’m 100 percent and also first generation in the States. My artistic side was encouraged until I got to high school and then, according to my parents, it was time to ‘get serious.’ I actually have a bachelors’ degree in accountancy! Fortunately, I found my way back to a more creative field and landed in a seat next to Joan Rivers. My mother is beyond proud of me and watches every week. My father passed away many years ago, but I know the current state of my career would just blow his mind.

Your first tome, “Glamorous by George,” offers straightforward styling tips and advice — what else can readers expect?

It's the highest compliment on Fashion Police when we say a woman looks like a “movie star,” so I just wanted to share my knowledge on what it takes to achieve this. Being glamorous is not just about the hair, makeup and clothing. It’s how you present yourself in every aspect of your life, and it’s not as difficult as you might think.

Is there anything you’ve worn and regretted?

Style is ever evolving so I don’t regret anything I’ve worn because it’s all about learning from your mistakes.

What’s the most common fashion faux pas you see men and women making?

I think getting the fit wrong is the biggest offense. So many people, both men and women, do not know what size they are and are either wearing clothing that is too big or too small.

Name the one trend you would like to see end — and quickly at that?

What I call ‘LBC.’ This is the exposure of lower butt cleavage when ladies wear their bandage dresses too tight and too short. It’s not a classy look, but I see it all too often!

Define Miami style for us:

Miami is bold, sexy, carefree and most important, fun! It’s fearless.

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