Derek Warburton, exclusive interview
When Derek Warburton walks into a room, he needs no announcing. Wearing a sky blue tunic, a menagerie of necklaces and perfectly manicured silver toes, he grabs one of the giant Bombay Sapphire bottles in the Style Suite of the W Hotel South Beach and heads to the balcony with a friend for an impromptu photo shoot. Sitting on the grey couch sipping my Bombay Lemon+Sage, I know I’ve found my man.
As he plops next to me onto the couch he goes right into his excitement over the upcoming wedding of ATL’s newest housewife, model Cynthia Bailey (who is rumored to have been pressured by Bravo to get hitched). I try to pry for deets on the upcoming cat fights that might be going down, but he insisted they “all get along.” I must not have been discreet about my eye roll because he then added that, “There’s always going to be drama on the Housewives!”
The Lifestyle Guru claims to have been a fashionista all his life. Derek attended New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology where he developed his keen fashion sense and honed his talent for styling. As a fashion editor, correspondent, stylist and motivational speaker, Derek applies the philosophy “Help, Teach, Inspire, Love and Have Fun” to all areas of his life.
He may not be a household name yet, but he’s working on it. Should the right type of project come up, he’d love to do his own show, but for now he’s conquering the world one fabulous outfit at a time. In addition to his work with celebs and fashion mags, Derek also works with an organization called The Bottomless Closet that helps low-income women in New York re-enter the workforce with a new look and a new attitude. He says his passion for the project is based off his own struggles being homeless with his mother as a child.
Derek tries to bring style to women of all budgets, not only through BC but through regular features on his website, Derek Loves Shopping, which brings the best of fashion, celebs and fabulousity to the general interweb. There’s a quirky feature called Budgalicious that shows women of all ages how to shop on a budget and still look fabulous. His regular web series DerekTV lets us follow him around the world as he hunts for the best shopping. A true budgetista, he was recently asked to host Project Mannequin a styling competition sponsored by Charlotte Russe which has bloggers running like crazed animals to make the most fabulous outfit, as voted on by voters on the website.
When asked if he’d like to make hosting a regular gig, a la Oprah, coming into home everyday, he paused and then said with a grin, “No, not like Oprah, more like a ‘Gay-chel Ray’.”