Did the world really need another bridal makeover show? Probably not, but like it or lump it, we're getting one with Brides Gone Styled on TLC. But if yet another bridal makeover show has to enter this world, at least we get Robert Verdi as a host, who is really everything you could have asked for in a style expert and TV personality.
Verdi is one of those people whose name you might not recognize, but once you see his face, you will know exactly who he is. That's probably because for the past 15 years or so, he's been all over the place, from reality TV to magazines to the front row of New York Fashion Week.
So it's no surprise that TLC would pick such a familiar face to be at the helm of Brides Gone Styled along with fellow celebrity stylist Gretta Monahan. The show is kind of like a makeover competition as the bride chooses one dress while Verdi and Monahan choose three others and then propose hair and makeup looks for each. In the end, the bride must choose one look for her wedding, and I can only imagine/hope for the shade Verdi will throw if his isn't the winner.
Whether Brides Gone Styled is your scene or not, remember Verdi's face and name this time because he's definitely going to pop up in your life somewhere else down the road. Here's what you need to remember the next time you see him.
He's A Celebrity Stylist
Verdi is best known for styling some of the most famous people on the planet. The full star-studded list will probably blind you, but it includes Hugh Jackman, Kristen Wiig, and Eva Longoria. See? I warned you that you would need sunglasses.
He Has A Signature Look
Speaking of sunglasses, those are what Verdi is known for. More often than not, Verdi can be seen with a fabulous pair of shades atop his head. He started doing this as a way to disguise his baldness, and although people always associate him with sunglasses these days, he's still known for being bald too. Sorry, Verdi. Someone had to tell you.
You've Definitely Seen Him On TV
Verdi is perhaps known more for his entertaining than his styling. He had his own eponymous show on Logo, was a judge on the over-the-hill model search She's Got the Look, and surprised people with home makeovers on Surprise by Design. He's talked style on Fashion Police, The View, The TODAY Show, and The Martha Stewart Show. Verdi also made cameos as himself in The Devil Wears Prada, Ugly Betty, and The September Issue. Basically, if you need someone to talk about making things look pretty, Verdi is your man.
He'll Spruce Up Your Space For A Party Too
Verdi didn't just play an interior designer on TV; he is actually one in real life, along with being an event planner and pitching in with anything that requires some style, really. A 1998 New York Times profile detailed all of Verdi's stylish exploits, from decorating Sandra Bernhard's New York apartment to booking models for a Cynthia Rowley runway show, journalist Marianne Rohrlich describing him as "a jack-of-all-trades in a world where good taste and an instinct for the Now can be a passport across boundaries." It sounds like the brides on Brides Gone Styled would be lucky to have Verdi do everything for their weddings.
You Can Own His Style Now
Verdi doesn't just know about style; he creates it too. He fittingly launched a line of sunglasses for HSN in 2012 and started his Great Bag Co. in 2014, which currently makes a line of brightly-colored totes called the Model M. series. You may not be able to afford Verdi's usual styling services, so at least you can snag a bit of his expertise through these items.
His Instagram Is Sublime
With someone with as great of an eye as Verdi, it's really no surprise that his Instagram is a thing of beauty as well. It's full of artsy pics, neat items, and the occasional famous friend. Seeing one of Verdi's photos pop up in your feed is sure to put a smile on your face every time.
Now don't you wish you were getting married just so you could appear on Brides Gone Styled and meet Verdi? No, that wouldn't be weird at all.
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