Filling the heels of Elle Macpherson on primetime may seem like an impossibly tall task, but not for our favorite pond hopper, Louise Roe. Perhaps you've caught the intrepid fashion reporter gabbing on the Oscars red carpet or waving her magic wand on MTV International's makeover show Plain Jane, and are already smitten. But, if not, you'll quickly find that the replacement host of NBC's Fashion Star has British wit and global style to spare. And, because we love to dig deep into screen queens' closets, we made a date with the beauty at her WeHo pad.
Once inside, we found a shoe rack that would make anyone go berserk with envy — not to mention enough baubles to accessorize 'til infinity! However, what was most impressive was Roe's ability to whip up four ace outfits in no time flat. Click through to view the looks and learn some masterful tricks of the trade, and be sure to tune in tomorrow night to watch that classic charm in action!
Photographed by Luke Wooden
Style-wise, what's the number one lesson you think Angelenos could learn from the Brits?
"I'd say the Angelenos have it down! The longer I live here, the better it gets. Perhaps London girls are more daring when it comes to mixing up high and low items, and conjuring up a really eclectic look."
What's the biggest way you see British and L.A. styles differing?
"The weather plays a big part. In L.A., you can step out in bright colors, little shorts, and summer dresses and rock a boho vibe most months of the year, which I love. In London, I feel more at home wearing awesome heels, leather pants, and a nicely tailored blazer or coat."
Roe borrows from the boys in a Joe Fresh shirt and pants, Jimmy Choo sandals, Topshop belt, and Louise Roe for Stylistpick bag and jewelry.
What do you miss most about the U.K.?
"The sense of humor — though R29's cheeky wit is definitely comforting! — Ribena, Marmite, and the fact that there's so much history. Walking down a cobbled lane in central London that has been there for hundreds of years is something I didn't appreciate enough while I was there."
When you first moved here, what shocked you the most about the city?
"How big L.A. is on a map, but how small it is in reality. I live in West Hollywood, and am guilty of working and playing in a very small circumference (like a lot of people I know!). When I do venture to the beach or dinner in Venice or Malibu, it's so worth the drive. It's like a whole different town."
Stud muffin! We're sweet on Roe's edgy accessories for Stylistpick.
Fashion Star just returned to NBC. What can we expect from this season as opposed to last?
"Stiffer competition! The standard of talent within the group of designers is much higher — Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie, and John Varvatos now have teams — so it gets quite competitive. Plus, there are some serious tears and tantrums on stage."
Another item from Louise Roe's collection for Stylistpick: Although dainty and delicate, these earrings are still daytime appropriate.
What's it like working with the mentors?
"They were quite welcoming even though I was the newbie on set. I remember on my first day, Jessica didn't shake my hand — she just gave me a big hug. From then on I felt part of the team. We share the most laughs in the makeup room before filming."
You're no stranger to live TV, but do you ever get the jitters?
"Totally! In fact, it worries me if I'm not nervous. I tend to focus the hour before by not talking; just going over my scripts and research. The more prepared I am, the calmer I'll be — but, a little adrenaline is great."
What's your own guilty-pleasure TV show?
"Keeping Up With the Kardashians and Downton Abbey. Oh, and Scandal — I started watching and can't stop. Olivia Pope is so chic and badass."
You have your hands in a ton of projects. What have you not done that you'd love to do?
"Write a book — so I'm starting one now!"
Roe sits pretty in a Theodora & Callum scarf, Express jacket, skirt, and earrings, BCBG ring, Lia Sophia bracelet, vintage clutch from Beyond Retro in London, and Madison Harding flats.
You got engaged in December, congrats! And, the ring is stunning — can you tell us a bit about it?
"Thanks! Josh proposed with my great-grandmother's aquamarine ring, knowing I'd want to have a part in choosing the official piece. I wore that as my engagement ring until Christmas when we found a beautiful one in London at my family's favorite jeweler, Boodles
. It has an antique look to it."
What look are you going for on the big day?
"I'm still working on the dress, but probably something very relaxed — I'm not into huge meringue-like styles. And, the wedding will be in California — you can count on sunshine here!"
Can you tell us about the proposal?
"I had just finished a long stint filming, and we wanted to relax. So, we went to Bora Bora. It was my birthday, we went out on a little boat at sunset, stopped off on a deserted beach for dinner, and he proposed there. He did well!"
Do you have any advice for keeping love alive amongst two very busy people?
"It has its advantages — we've been known to take midweek breaks and even accompany each other on work trips. Other times, not having a 9-to-5 is a pain because you can't plan ahead. It's a juggle, but at least when one of us has to postpone plans, the other can understand. I think it's even harder to balance when only one half of a couple works in the industry."
Tassels have a tendancy to make everything better.
What advice do you have for balancing work and play?
"Sometimes, things get so hectic that I schedule in my calendar a whole day to myself. I'll book a massage — or even better — drive up the coast for the night. I have to force myself away from work sometimes. But, I do love my job, so I consider myself very lucky."
On that note, where are your top places to let go and have a good time around town?
is gorgeous for dinner, and Goldie's
— the new spot from the same owner — is amazing. I also love a good dive bar — nachos and margaritas at El Carmen
or Barney's Beanery
— that's where I'm happiest."
Roe is ready to tie one on in this colorful Theodora & Callum number.
What was the hardest part about designing your own shoes and bags for Stylistpick?
"Sometimes I get hooked on an idea, and find that the fabrics or embellishments aren't available in my price range. It's very important to me that everyone can afford these pieces — they retail at £39, which is around the $55 mark."
What look are you dying to try out this spring?
"I love the sorbet palette for spring — everything from pistachio to lemon to peach. I was also dying to try the leather harness trend, and I did the other day. I got a lot of weird looks and a lot of questions because of that BCBG harness
Roe strikes a pose in a Yuna Yang top and skirt, Monika Chiang bag, ShoeMint pumps, BCBG ring, and Mango earrings.
What are your go-to shopping destinations in L.A. and online?
"I always hit up Saks Fifth Avenue
for shoes and men's pieces, which I like to throw into the regular rotation. I also love Beckley
for Clover Canyon pieces, and Reiss
on Robertson. As for online, I use Shopbop
What was your first designer purchase? Do you still rock it?
"It was a Louis Vuitton purse — I was 20 years old and saved up for about four months. It wasn't even a proper purse, it was a little zipper bag to use inside the LV trunk. But, I thought it was adorable — and, it was the cheapest! I don't know where it is, I should find it."
Matching Mango earrings add a touch of glam to the evening ensemble.
Accessories are a big part of your look. Who are your go-to experts in this department?
"I love anything bright and chunky or unusual. So, Lia Sophia
, House of Harlow 1960
, and Pamela Love
is a new discovery and it's unreal — so much to choose from and very affordable."
What's your most prized possession besides your engagement ring?
"A necklace from my mum that she wore in the '70s. It's a slice of stone and very hippie-looking. I have a polaroid of her wearing it in Rio, where she lived."
We're totally copying this lacy look next time we hit the town.
If one person in history could personify your type of style, who would it be?
"Well, in my dreams, someone like Lauren Hutton or Ali MacGraw."
Who do you look up to in your industry?
— she's a good friend and a very talented designer. But, on top of that, she's a great mum, a philanthropist, well-traveled, well-read, and has a wicked sense of humor."
Color us envious — that Pia Pauro dress is paired perfectly with those Louise Roe for Stylistpick heels.
You've said heels are your weakness. What are the top three pairs you own?
"A pair of nude and peach from Versace with a silver heel. I tracked them down from a runway photo to a store in Dallas. They were the last pair in America, and in my size! I love the mix of colors of those printed and pointy pumps from ShoeMint. Plus, they're so comfortable I could run in them. And, my Tallulah sandals from Stylistpick. They have suede straps and a patent heel to mix up the textures. And, they're named after my beautiful little niece."
How do you approach getting dressed for an event?
"I always start with the shoe and work upward."
Color blocking made super easy!
What designers do you love wearing most when you're on the red carpet?
, Robert Rodriguez
, and Marchesa
. Mara and Robert's designs are young and full of amazing prints and flattering silhouettes. Marchesa makes you feel like you're in a fairy tale."
Which celebrities do you think nail it each and every time on the red carpet?
"Hands down — Kate Bosworth
and Miranda Kerr
Bling bling! Those lovely Lia Sophia jewels were made for that Pia Pauro dress.
What advice do you have for people starting out in the fashion industry?
"Be ready to work for free for at least six months and keep your résumé updated — plus, you should tweak it for each interview you have. Prepare like a total nerd for each interview — if you don't know the magazine or PR company from the inside out, 20 people lining up behind you will. Keep in touch with people, and don't be afraid to stalk them politely. Because, if a position comes up, you want to be top of mind. Smile, even when you're photocopying and running for coffee 13 hours a day — your time will eventually come. I'll never forget being an intern at Elle UK and suddenly, the editor said, 'You're off to London Fashion Week to interview Linda Evangelista backstage.' I nearly fainted."
Apparently, she's had a ton of experience smiling — she's a pro!