Fashion BS, an online fashion radio show based out of Washington D.C., discusses everything from trends to beauty without discounting public opinion. On October 2, Fashion BS celebrated its anniversary during All Access: Fashion at Tysons Galleria with guest of honor celebrity stylist and author, Phillip Bloch.
FBS hosts Elaine Mensah and James Cornwell have interviewed some of fashion’s biggest names (Jason Wu, Nigel Barker and Bloch among them), and Bloch likes their style. “They’re real fashionistas, but they’re not faux,” he says. “The show gives a lot of different perspectives on fashion and the whole style universe.” Before his appearance at the Fashion BS fête, we shared a tête-à-tête with the charismatic stylist about FBS, his latest book The Shopping Diet and his most important piece of advice for every fashion lover.
CAPITOL FILE: What do you love about Fashion BS? PHILLIP BLOCH: They have a lot of varied guests and it’s not just one thing. I think one of the greatest things about that show is that it gives a lot of different perspectives on fashion and the whole style universe.
What was the inspiration for your new book? The Shopping Diet is kind of similar to Fashion BS. It was a great way to give back all the information I’ve learned in my various jobs and connections in the business.
What are some of the highlights?
One of my favorite things about that book is it has hundreds of tips, countless solutions and endless ideas of how to be fashionable and fabulous without getting into financial disarray.
How can someone who really needs to change shopping habits turn things around?
Leave the credit cards and money in the car or at home.
How would you recommend saving money while transitioning from summer to fall?
Easy. Tights and turtlenecks are a great way to take that sexy little summer dress right into fall. Another thing I love are capes—you can just throw them over those little dresses.
What is the most important piece of advice you can give to readers?
Shop smarter. Don’t not shop, but shop smarter and be conscious. Think about what your life is, not what your dream life is—meaning how much you spend, how much you have and what you really do with your life.