Celebrity Stylist, Commentator & Red Carpet Host: Colin T. McDonald (Interview)

by Amelia Old
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I had the pleasure of recently interviewing Celebrity Stylist, Commentator and Red Carpet Host, Colin T. McDonald.                                                                                                                                                                               

Colin began working in the fashion industry in 2003 and as you’ll see from his interview, he took something positive from a background of being bullied and has become quite the success story. From working with Oprah Winfrey to dancing with Michelle Obama, Colin has been among some of the top influential people in the world.                                                                                                                                                                                
He has worked for such pretigious names as Christian Dior, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Simon Carter, L’Oreal, Harper’s Bazaar, Numero, Hombre, Venus Zine, Culture, Fantastics, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Basketball Wives, NBC, SONY Music, Obama White House, Mary Alice Stephenson, Ann Caruso, and Patti Wilson, as well as major retailers like Bloomingdale’s.                                                                                              
Along with styling, Colin is a featured commentator and red carpet host for a variety of media. He’s a regular commentator for Tyra Bank’s website, Hercampus.com which is part of SELF Magazine and  ivillage.com which is part of NBC. On the red carpet he’s interviewed celebrities such as Jennifer Hudson, Kim Kardashian, and Avril Lavigne.                                                                                                                                                                                                        
 Also, along with styling, commentating, and red carpet hosting, he’s also a style consultant for up-and-coming designers like Patricia Brown.                                                                                                                                   
This is one person I say we should keep our eye on. Colin has accomplished so much in such a short time but I don’t think you’ve seen the last of him. He’s well on his way to so much more in the world of fashion.

Colin, let me start off by saying, I love your website and I promise it has nothing to do with the two beautiful men that are staring back at me when I first upload your site.  😉 

You’ve accomplished so much in such a short time,what inspired your interest in the fashion world?  I actually didn’t get involved into fashion like most people would think, “It’s glamourous and a fun job.”  It actually stems back to my childhood and growing up.  I was teased alot in school and always felt like an outcast.  Clothing was a way for me to really express who I was and gave me the gift of confidence I needed to get through the day, week, month, year, etc.   It was like my armor and it really has helped me be who I am today.  That’s why in my opinion clothing, fashion and style is truly powerful.  It can change people’s lives and the way they think of themselves.   

 There’s got to be a place or something that ignites the fire within you. What gets those creative juices flowing? I’m a VERY visual person and my eyes are really the windows to my creativity.  It can be anything from an image I come across while browsing the internet, to someone in the street, to the simple progression of nature.  Once I feel it in my gut and know it, I MUST somehow incorporate it into my current projects.  

What has been your favorite project to work on? Some of my favorite projects would have to be with my mentor Mary Alice Stephenson.  A powerhouse to the world of styling!  I’ve actually been fortunate enough to have been able to work alongside her on huge projects for The Oprah Winfrey Show, and an exclusive spread at The White House with Michelle Obama for Harper’s Bazaar November 2010 Issue.  Getting the Oprah Winfrey shake from the queen of daytime talk herself and dancing with Michelle in the red room are moments I will never forget till the day I die.

What should be in all of our closets this summer? What’s the MUST-HAVE this season? Every woman MUST-HAVE have some type of bold color in their wardrobe this season!  We’ll be seeing a lot of white and a pop of color in the accessories department will do just the trick.  I specifically love up-and-coming jewelry designer Patricia Brown’s Coral Branches Necklace.  Available at Patriciabrown.com .  A piece that will even flow beautifully into your fall wardrobe!

After a long day of styling others, you must take care of yourself. What spa/salon service can you not live without and where do you go to get this service done? For me relaxation is getting out of the city and being with my family.  Most importantly, my niece and nephews.  They keep me balanced and in touch with what life is really about.  The small things!  

What is your definition of Beauty? It’s what’s inside that counts!  True beauty comes from within.  I don’t care how good you look, if you have an attitude, your attractiveness instantly melts away.  

Any final words?  Never give up on what it is that really makes you happy in life.  I don’t care how many people say no to you, you keep trying and eventually someone will listen.  Take it from a boy who grew up in a small town in upstate New York and knew no one in the industry when I started.  Now I’m rubbing elbows and working with some of the most influential people in fashion today.  

Should you ever have a fashion dilemma and need the help of an expert.  Head on over to Twitter and look for me Styleexpert00  or visit my website at http://www.colintmcdonald.com

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