Wednesday, May 9, 2007
7 News Features: Idol Style
Show business is all about style, baby! If you want the Idol title, you have to have the voice and the look. I went to Los Angeles to talk to the people who work behind the scenes to make sure those contestants not only sing like stars but look like stars.
WSVN -- His voice may have fallen flat, but the look sure got him noticed.
Paula Abdul: "You've got this charm about you, and I love the suit."
And the idol finalists have one man to thank, Idol stylist Miles Siggins.
Miles Siggins: "It's really interesting to see the whole process and see the way they change over that whole time."
Before they're part of the top 12, the idols are left to their own fashion devices.
Remember Paul Kim and his bare feet? How could we forget!
Simon Cowell: "I would suggest you put your shoes on next week."
Louis Aguirre: "He never got the chance!"
Once the top twelve are named, Miles steps in each week to create a look that matches the mood and the contestant.
Miles Siggins: "We take them shopping every week.
Louis Aguirre: "Oh, you take them shopping?"
Miles Siggins: "Yes. I've got one assistant, and we get about two hours a week with each person."
This season we had the bald and the beautiful in Phil and Haley.
Miles Siggins: "The good news is you're very attractive."
They're both gone, but it's not because they didn't look hot!
Louis Aguirre: "Do they come in with their own ideas?"
Miles Siggins: "Some of them do. Some of them are very focused, 'This is how I want to look this week,' so you try to find that look or something like it or compromise."
He helps contestants navigate fashion flops, although it doesn't always work.
Simon Cowell: "Love the vocals, hated the outfit."
But most of the time, the style review is the most positive criticism contestants get.
Paula Abdul: "Did I mention green's a good color for you?"
Simon Cowell: "I think you've got great legs, thought it was good style for you."
But if you think Miles spends a fortune on fashion, think again!
Louis Aguirre: "What is the budget for the clothes?"
Miles Siggins: "Four hundred bucks."
Louis Aguirre: "That's not much."
Miles Siggins: "But it's amazing how much we can make it stretch."
So we put him to the test. An Idol makeover for your Idol Insider.
Louis Aguirre: "OK, so, I brought my suitcase. And I want you to dress me like an Idol."
Miles Siggins: "Dress you like an Idol? OK."
Louis Aguirre: "And you can look at anything you want, except for my bikini underwear."
Miles Siggins: "OK, so these are good. They match that jacket?"
Louis Aguirre: "No."
Miles Siggins: "OK, so these are good."
Louis Aguirre: "OK, so we like the pants."
Louis Aguirre: "He's liking the Ferragamo shoes, though. He's pulled out the second one."
Miles Siggins: "Oh, look, you're obviously paying this guy far too much."
Louis Aguirre: "Ha, ha, ha. Don't tell my boss that!"
Miles Siggins: "He's got his Prada pants here!"
Louis Aguirre: "Those were a gift from my mother!"
Miles picked out a few faves and voila!
Louis Aguirre: "See? A very passable Chris Sligh ... just need to do something with the hair."
So who's the easiest to dress this season, the prepster and the pro?
Louis Aguirre: "Who's the easiest?"
Miles Siggins: "Blake and Melinda. Melinda's my record. We did one outfit in fifteen minutes."