Fashion’s Night Out at Peninsula Town Center

Red carpet guru and celebrity stylist Steven ‘Cojo’ Cojocaru chats with HRM about his first visit to Hampton Roads, fall fashion advice and the styles he’s ready to retire

Fashions Night Out At Peninsula Town Center With Cojo

Women from all over Hampton Roads were able to unleash their “inner diva” on September 6 during Fashion's Night Out at Peninsula Town Center. These lovely locals were not the only ones basking in the extravagance of a night full of shopping and luxury; shoppers in over 500 cities nationwide were celebrating the occasion by strapping on their heels, donning the latest fashions and hitting the stores.

The evening’s extravagance began with a swanky pre-event V.I.P. party at the Cinebistro, benefitting the Junior League of Hampton Roads and was followed by a fashion kick-off at Town Center. Thanks to an appearance by Steven ‘Cojo’ Cojocaru, red-carpet guru and celeb stylist, women of all ages were treated to a night of both fashion and fun.

HRM: What’s been your favorite part about your visit to Hampton Roads?

Cojo: The people. The warmth. I just love the Southern hospitality. I love Southern belles! I think Southern women are very glamorous. I like that they won’t leave the house without lipstick and high heels.

HRM: Have you gotten to explore Peninsula Town Center?

Cojo: I have. I’m really blown away. I think it’s really modern and cool. There’s a nice vibe here. I love the architecture, and I think they’ve done a superb job. I was really impressed that they’ve got everything here—you can dine here or go to the movies and there’s also gourmet food and shopping. I mean, I think I want to buy a plot here and be buried here. Everything I need is here: the movies, alcohol, shopping and food!

HRM: Looking around at tonight’s event, would you say the people in Hampton Roads are up to date on the latest trends?

Cojo: Yeah I think they do; people know what’s going on. They can look on the websites, they can go to these great stores here, they have so much fashion available. So yeah, I am seeing things that are going on. People are wearing those little leopard print scarves and fun things. You’ve all got your cute little dresses on.

HRM: What fashion trend are you most looking forward to seeing this fall?

Cojo: Leather, but not the stuff in your closet—not the private stuff. The look is leather for women all shapes and sizes and ages. So leather is going to be big pretty soon. It’s expensive—so for some it’s wearing pleather, faux leather skirts and all that. It’s really the big thing right now but in an elegant way, not in a kinky, cheap, dirty, Kardashian way… Did I just say that?

HRM: What’s one color that everyone should stock up on this fall?

Cojo: The really big key colors are very bright colors; they’re in right now. For winter, for coats: sapphire, a lot of blues are in, and green is in; a lot of emerald. And pink is back. Think pink!

HRM: Which fashion trend do you look forward to retiring?

Cojo: The look that is out is “too sexy”— that cheap look, like the bandage dress and the hoochy, up-to-here you know…elegant is more in. You can still be sexy but in a more elegant way. But the giant earrings; all of that is kind of going away.

HRM: What were you most looking forward to during tonight’s event?

Cojo: I was looking forward to spreading the message about connecting with your inner diva and loving yourself—that’s really the key to style. And confidence. I’ve had a lot of ups and downs in my life, so I like encouraging women to find self-esteem and feel good about themselves.

HRM: If you could give one piece of fashion advice to the world, what would it be?

Cojo: Simplify; less is more. I didn’t come up with that. I think Coco Chanel did. Coco Chanel’s famous saying was to put your accessories on and look in the mirror and then take one thing off. Most people wear too many trends at the same time. I’ve got one statement thing going on tonight. I’ve got one statement jacket. Everything else is simple. So I think people need to learn to edit. I hate when I see somebody wearing zebra and leopard and metallic shoes and 50 things going on at the same time.