Stacy London is the kind of person who will notice and then tell you if your outfit is ugly, and that’s why we love her. The former host of TLC’s hit makeover series “What Not to Wear,” which ended its 10 year run in early 2013, is back at it again with another reality show called “Love, Lust or Run.”
The new series is a makeunder show in which London helps fashion disasters revamp their look. Similar to “What Not to Wear,” “Love, Lust or Run” aims to help build people’s self-esteem through the lens of style, something London has built a career doing.
Before the premiere, which happens on Friday Jan. 23 at 9/8c on TLC we decided to chat with London about how she’s made a name for herself on the small screen, who she trusts in the dressing room and her thoughts on ageism in the industry. Here’s what we learned:
HPS: If you could go back in time and tell your younger self one piece of advice, maybe from the days when you were working at Vogue, what would you say?
SL: Vogue was very hard. I don’t regret it. It was better than Navy SEAL training. You learn everything you need to know about being in fashion. The word impossible doesn’t exist if you work for somebody like Anna Wintour. You learn to find things that are unfindable, you learn to get things done in a time frame that is unrealistic, all of those things are true. I was so sad because I thought, if that is all there is, how am I going to keep doing this? How am I going to be able to pull rabbits out of the hat every single day? How am I going to find that thirteenth Chanel Camellia that has to be on set when there are only 12 in the world? You know, how am I going to do it? I would have told myself to relax. That the world that I was in was very small and I just couldn’t see outside of it. The world is so much bigger than I ever expected it to be and all the things you don’t think that you’re going to need, or all the things you think are going to wind up being the biggest most important things in your life end up being the exact opposite. And everything evolves and everything changes.
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.