The celebrity stylist talks about the Grateful Dead and hiking in heels

By Tim Stack
August 28, 2009 at 04:00 AM EDT

Were you always so stylish, even as a kid?
I was always overdressed. There’s never been a photo of me in sweats. Even when I played sports, I would put on jewelry. I actually climbed the Grand Tetons in platforms.

You and your husband, Rodger, are huge Grateful Dead fans, right?
Die-hard. Our wedding song was ”Peggy-O.” I went to one show and I looked at [Rodger] and I was like, ”I wanna follow them.” All of a sudden I was getting in a VW van.

No. I did get a veggie stir-fry out of a VW van. The parking lot is kinda the best part of the show.

How’s your assistant Taylor? Still difficult?
She gets a bad rap. She’s tough as nails, but she’s a marshmallow on the inside.

Tell us about the accessories line you’re launching this fall.
Everything will be affordable price points. The idea is to get ideas from luxury. If you can have it, great; if you can’t, don’t worry about it. That’s why we have Topshop or H&M.

Your weight is an issue this season. Do you want to clear up the eating-disorder rumors?
I don’t have an eating disorder. I definitely do not. I have a very stressful life. I eat what I want to eat.

What did you think of the first season of your series?
I’m like, ”Damn, I wear too much makeup!” Good God, does no one tell me I look like a transvestite every day?!