The third year of fashion’s biggest shopping night is a mere two days away. We’ll be broadcasting live from the streets of NYC starting at 8 p.m. Eastern (details here), with stylist Louise Roe kindly playing host for the evening. We caught up with her before the big event to pick her brain on the phenomenon that is FNO.
Shopbop: Tell us a little about how you got your start in fashion, and what you’re working on now.
Louise Roe: I started out in magazines, as an intern at Elle UK. I had always wanted to write and I loved journalism. After working at a few publications, I ended up on the news (by mistake!) one morning, talking about wedding dresses. Next thing, I had some auditions for different shows and then made the leap to host TV full time. Right now I’ve just wrapped the second season of Plain Jane, the makeover show on CW. I present and am hosting an MTV special called At the Movies, going backstage at the VMAs. I can’t wait.
SB: Let’s talk Fashion’s Night Out. The Shopbop Lounge will be hopping all night with special guests and visitors. Who are you most looking forward to meeting/speaking with the night of the event?
LR: I am a huge fan of Rachel Roy and Pamela Love. Their designs are just a genius combination of edgy, sexy, and chic.
SB: What other events are on your radar for FNO, aside from the Shopbop Lounge?
LR: Alexander Wang’s show and the Alice + Olivia event.
SB: Why do you think FNO is important to fashion?
LR: I remember when it first started. I was working at Vogue.com in London at the time. Suddenly anyone and everyone who adored fashion could have a piece of it: watch runway shows, get discounts, meet designers, hit the parties. It was like all the closed doors of a wonderful, but sometimes exclusive, industry suddenly opened.
SB: And finally, what’s on your list of must-haves for fall?
LR: Orange! Lots of orange. I’m obsessed. It’s so ’70s and bohemian. A cloche hat, an Issa kimono dress, a little cocktail dress from Alice + Olivia, and if I can afford them, a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti booties.