Who Am I ?
July /August 2012
1: Who am I?
I am loving, fearless, fearful, fun, funny, cute, hardworking, ambitious, and caring. I am a friend, a loyalist, a fashionista, an emotional basket case on the inside, a forward thinker, a procrastinator, an artist, an over eater, and an over achiever.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I am a celebrity stylist and a media personality. I just finished up a national swim tour, where I appeared on several American morning shows. Fashion Week is a few weeks away, and we are continuing with our Real Fashion Real Women program, but this year we have expanded it dramatically. We will kick it off with six-show tour on morning shows around the country, then host a two day style suite, and end with the Real Fashion Real Women runway show, which will feature real women from Bottomless Closet walking the runway alongside five real celebrity women.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I grew up in the mountains of New Hampshire. I have been very open about the perils of my childhood. As I grew up mentally abused, bullied, and homeless, I have learned to be a survivor. It has strengthened me to the point where I can handle everything that comes my way. Having experienced discomfort as a way of life, I know the drive it is necessary to have to become successful. My life dream is to be an international brand and a household name. I want a big family with children, and I want a partner to share my life with.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
Anyone that is a survivor. I love people who have come from nothing and have built their lives and fortunes from scratch. I have friends who had nothing at 45 years old, and then 20 years later are hugely successful financially, and happily married with happy families. I love those kinds of stories!
5: What book is your bible?
I dont really have a bible per se; I love historic novels and stories that are inspiring. I am obsessed with any and all Elizabethan novels. I love books filled with tales of trials and tribulations.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I love being able to do the work that I love. I have always wanted to be an artist of some sort. My grandmother was an illustrator, my other grandmother was a painter, my mother painted, and I was so afraid that I wouldn’t be artistic. Then, of course, I found my calling. One thing that I hate is the perceived hierarchy of society. People think that they are better than others because they have low self esteem. I hate that. Be who you are and love it! I try not to care about what others think all the time. No one person is better than than another.
7: What is your raison d’être?
To build my dreams. I get up every morning to better build my life, and I surround myself with people who believe in and support that dream.
8: What is your favorite color?
I don’t have a favorite color. I like to live in teals, fuchsias, and plums. I like to wear neutrals, navies, and whites. I love to see people in head to toe black, but that is just not my personality.
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
Duane Park in Tribeca. I love the 1950′s burlesque style.
11: What turns you on?
Confidence, amazing women, and strong, handsome men.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
What has been the most important moment in your life so far?
Derek Warburton is a celebrity stylist and international media personality known for his personal flair and philanthropic work. Raised in the mountains of New Hampshire, Derek dreamed of making it in the big city, and is now internationally sought after in the industry. Most recently, Derek’s styling and media career has exploded on the national and international scene. Having been featured in such publications as The New York Times, Marie Claire, InTouch, New Zealand’s The Dominion Post, and The UK’s Evening Standard. Warburton also appeared on the front page of the UK’s The Metro, which recognized Derek Warburton as a Style Guru. In fact, Derek was named one of Grey Goose Vodka’s “Rising Icons of 2011,” and was a featured industry expert on the NYCHA Fashion Panel 2012.
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Ceara Maria Burns
Photography by ALEXA HOYER for PatrickMcMullan.com
Design by Jillian Mercado
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Derek Warburton, THE FASHION GROUP INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES STELLAR LIST OF PRESENTERS FOR THE 28th ANNUAL NIGHT OF THE STARS “THE LUMINARIES”, Cipriani, 55 Wall Street, NYC, October 27, 2011, Photography by ALEXA HOYER for PatrickMcMullan.com