Hold on to your hats, shoe lovers. We’re excited to announce that the premiere of The Shoe Stylist, an exciting new show all about footwear, will be hitting your screens Tuesday 6th June at 4pm. That’s right, a whole hour dedicated to the hottest new heels, trainers, pumps, sandals… you name it, we got it.
You may have seen our style expert, Katie Powell – aka The Wardrobe Insider – guesting on some of our previous fashion hours. We’re pleased to announce that Katie will be introducing these designs to you alongside Catherine Huntley, and recommending fresh and innovative styling. Read on for shoe-themed inspirational quotes, and to find out which three presenters Katie would choose to survive a zombie apocalypse with.
QG: Hi Katie, lovely to see you as always! For readers just getting to know you, what’s your full name?
Katherine Angela Charlotte Powell.
QG: What’s your nickname:
KP: KP (Funny that!).
QG: What was your first job?
KP: I worked at a sunbed shop. I was the envy of all my friends at that age as I could get a free tan!
QG: If you weren’t in your current profession, what do you think you would be doing instead?
KP: I used to work in fashion PR before I became a personal stylist and my all-time goal was to do the PR and marketing for a particular luxury fashion house.
My love for all things fashion probably goes back to my obsession with Coco Chanel. She was an incredible visionary and the freedom that she gave women through her fashion changed style forever.
QG: Where have you visited in your life that took your breath away?
KP: It has to be the Egyptian Pyramids. The beauty of them up close is so awe inspiring, and it’s absolutely incredible that they were built that many years ago and are still standing. The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest of the seven wonders of the ancient world, which is so awesome, and you can climb all the way to the top by a series of small steps running through the middle of the pyramid. It was extremely claustrophobic but worth every step!
QG: What’s the one achievement you’re most proud of?
KP: Giving up my career in fashion PR over five years ago and starting my own business as a personal stylist and shopper, ‘The Wardrobe Insider.’ Knowing that you won’t get paid at the end of a month unless you go out there and work harder than you’ve ever worked is a daunting prospect and there are always haters who try and bring you down but staying really determined and making a real success out of my business is something I am incredibly proud of. I have always had a very strong work ethic but when you work on your own, it’s the positivity that’s so integral and if you are truly passionate about what you do, you can achieve anything. (I could not have achieved everything I have without my fiancé Tommy who supports me every step of the way).
QG: Who would you be most star-struck to meet in real life?
KP: Alive: Karl Kagerfeld. This man is such a fashion legend and his work is so phenomenal. I love his trademark white hair, black sunglasses and super stylish suit. If I met him, I would ask if I could see inside his wardrobe.
Dead: Marilyn Monroe. This is the one person that I wish I could travel back in time to meet. She was a true icon and her legacy says so much about the woman that she was.
QG: What are your top tips for realising your goals in business or in life?
KP: Decide what makes you truly happy in life and apply yourself to that. I have learnt over the years that you can never please everyone, so always go with your gut feeling and try not to regret decisions that you make. I re-assess my goals every so often by asking myself if I am going in the right direction and how happy I am: this can be applied to anything (career, fitness, diet, family, hobbies) and if the positives outweigh the negatives then you are definitely winning.
QG: What’s your top style tip?
KP: Always dress for the person you want to be and how you want to be perceived. Personal style is incredibly subjective and what works and looks good on one person will not work for another and that is okay; it’s about dressing for your body shape and having confidence with what your style says about you.
A wise person once told me: “Don’t act like a flip flop and then expect to be treated like a Louboutin.”
QG: If you could travel back in time, which era would you visit and what would you do?
KP: As you probably gathered from the star struck answer of me wanting to meet Marilyn Monroe, I would travel back to the 1950s and try to get onto the set of ‘Some Like it Hot’ (my favourite Marilyn film)! If I could work in the wardrobe department of all her films, then that would be even more ace!
QG: What three things would you bring to a desert island
KP: My lipbalm – I never leave the house without it. Mouthwash – nothing beats that feeling of freshness. And my favourite sunnies – if I am going to be stranded, then I at least want to look cool!
QG: If you were facing a zombie apocalypse, which three QVC presenters would be on your survival team?
KP: Will Gowing – We have the same sense of humour so I know we could have plenty of laughter and jokes despite the prospect of being eaten!
Jackie Kabler – She is so awesome and I feel would be really calm in an absolute panic. Given that she is now a bestselling author too, we could use her to narrate the story and write a book of the QVC survivors if any of us make it through!
Miceal Murphy – I have never met a guy who loves fashion as much as I do so I like to think that we could tag team some top styling tips and persuade the zombies that if they let the four of us live, then they will be the best dressed zombies on the planet!
QG: What are your three all-time favourite pairs of shoes?
KP: In no particular order…
My navy ‘Secret Lock’ Mary Janes – these were my most favourite childhood school shoes which my dad bought me when I was in Year Five. They were a classic Mary Jane style from the top of the shoe but on the bottom was a built-in kaleidoscope with lots of different colourful images. The shoes came with a gold plastic key which you put in the keyhole on the heel and once turned, the key activated the kaleidoscope of images to change – there were unicorns, flowers, a rainbow and all sorts of other fun images. They were the real ‘must-have’ shoe and all my friends were so jealous of them – they certainly made wearing school shoes exciting!
My wedding shoes – I only bought these very recently as I am getting married in September but they have been my DREAM shoes for the past 10 years! As you can see from the picture above, taken just after I’d bought them, I’m pretty excited! They sum up everything I love about a shoe – making a statement, cool and can complement so many outfits. They are a gorgeous shade of blue, have three studded straps and a very wearable heel which is so important for me with a pair of heels, but especially on my wedding day. They are the most expensive pair of shoes I have ever bought but I know the cost per wear will be phenomenal and if you can’t on your wedding day, when can you… : )
My sequin high top trainers – my dad bought these for me whilst on a trip to Edinburgh when we were visiting my brother on a golf trip. I was really down at the time as I had just broken my ankle for the second time in 8 months so had been in plaster and on crutches for what felt like a lifetime and I had to pull out of a big dance production at university. They have silver sequins all over them, look so WOW and are the comfiest trainers ever. As soon as my ankle had healed, I wore them non stop for the rest of the year : ) The heels are pretty worn out but I still wear them and every time I look at them, I have such fond memories of my amazing dad being the thoughtful and generous man that he is!
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