Monday, October 12, 2009

Retail Therapy: Colin Megaro

Colin Megaro is a stylist for some of TV’s hottest talent including, Julie Benz and David Zayas of Dexter, Carrie Preston of True Blood and Michael Emerson of LOST, The Office’s Oscar Nunez and The Secret Life of the American Teenager’s Daren Kagasoff. Sure he has helped dozens of small screen stars dress their best but more notworthy is the fact that Colin is credited for coining the phrase, "Shopping in Your Closet." Now this is a man we can get along with:

Your most prized "deal?”
My most prized deal is an Alexander McQueen Hand Beaded Tuxedo Coat, I was able to score it at almost 50% off. It's cashmere, classic lapel and the hand-beading is black on black. It was the last one on the store. It's the perfect topper for my tuxedo, and adds some amazing sparkle to my jeans.

Biggest regret that you didn't purchase?
Honestly, I don't have a regret because of something I haven't purchased. If I love a piece, and know it will add to my collection, I buy it. If it is something I just sort of like, I leave it in the store. I always know when I have to have it, and then I buy!

This season your clients are looking for a great deal on what item?
My clients are looking for deals on anything. The upside to our crazy economy is that everything is on sale, and what isn't has a price that is probably open for some negotiation. One of the things that many of my clients want most are over the knee boots. They want pairs that are flat, heeled and everything in between. These gorgeous boots are going to be everywhere this fall.

What's your number one shopping tip?
My best shopping tips are patience and research. You should find out when shipments arrive at your favorite stores, and research stores and websites that have great deals. Also, take the time to shop Vintage shops. With a bit of patience, you can find amazing items at killer prices.

What's your biggest weakness?
I have something to admit. I have more then one weakness when it comes to fashion. First, I can't pass an Hermes or vintage store without stopping in to buy a new scarf. Everyday, I tend to wear a white shirt, with a neutral blazer and a scarf as the topper. Second, shoes. Need I say more? I love everything from puma sneakers to custom made Gucci Loafers (and everything in between.) There is nothing like the perfect pair of shoes to finish an outfit off. My final weakness, without a doubt, is bags. I had to have another closet built to house all of mine. Great construction, beautiful leathers and bags that get a nod when I pass by are a huge weakness.

Is there an item for which a shopper should never mind paying full price?
You should never pay full price for any item. There is always room for negotiation, and you can always wait until a sale happens. My only exception to this rule is if the item is something you absolutely can't live without, or is one of a kind.

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