By Rhonda Reinhart
1. She has no problem with drinking or talking.
Stacy London, the 38-year-old sharptongued cohost of TV's style-setting What Not to Wear, is heading into late-night talk shows with Fashionably Late. London considers it an "action show," because it's filled with beauty tips, trendwatching, and celebrity style. And also with booze. The show features a staff mixologist. "It's a cocktail party that I'm throwing on Friday nights," London says, "so I've got to have a mixologist. What's a party without a cocktail? What Not to Wear - that's my job. That's work. I feel very much like with Fashionably Late, I get to kick my heels up too."
2. She once could have fit in with Barney the dinosaur.
"As a kid, I definitely was very flamboyant," London says. "Anything sparkly I had to wear. I drove my mother insane because I only wore purple as a child. It was my favorite color. So instead of wearing purple in moderation, I looked like, basically, a grape from the Fruit of the Loom ad. It was that kind of obsession. At nine, I got glasses and braces, and it really went downhill until about 30."
3. She was not in The Devil Wears Prada, but she could have been.
London began her fashion career as an assistant at Vogue magazine, which she describes as being "sort of like fashion boot camp. While it was tough, it was the most worthwhile experience, jobwise, I've ever had. Like any industry, fashion is cutthroat. But to me, it's no worse than banking or film or television."
4. She's not mean. She's constructive.
Despite What Not to Wear's tough-love approach with its poorly attired participants, London insists the show means well. "A lot of people say, 'God, you can be so mean,' " she says. "But I never really feel that way. All of the humor and all of the sarcasm comes from a place of constructive criticism."
5. She can help job seekers.
"In the best of all possible worlds, sure, it would be great if image didn't matter," London says. "But I think it's very naive to think that that's the case. If you're going for a job interview and you don't look very good, why would anybody think that you'd respect the place of business that you're trying to work for? To me, it just doesn't make any sense to say that it doesn't matter. It's not about playing some sort of superficial game. It's about relaying messages before people know you."
6. All in all, she loves sweatpants.
"I can't always look the way I'd love to look," London says. "But I try. I think it's about the effort. It definitely makes a difference, and I think it makes an impact on the way people perceive you. But, sure, I love sweats, but I only wear them in my house."