“Be who you wish to seem. –Socrates
“Style is a controlled substance.”–Tom Kolovos
Tom Kolovos is America’s personal style and image communication authority. He is also a pop culture critic, television commentator and Founder and Editor in Chief of aControlledSubstance.com
After pursuing his undergraduate studies in Economics and graduate work in Political Philosophy at the University of Chicago, Tom taught political sociology and popular culture at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Before interviews with USA Today, NBC, FOX, CBS and his blog on nbcchicago.com established him as one of the leading authorities on style and presidential politics in campaign 2008, he was the stylist responsible for Michelle Obama’s first magazine cover.
He has produced fashion and charity events for some of the premier luxury retailers, among others, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus and Escada, Burberry and Gucci.
He worked on “Oprah Make Over My Man” with Carson Kressley and he is currently a fashion and style contributor for WGN 9 in Chicago.
His fashion advice has been featured prominently in online media, ABC 7, The Daily Herald, The Chicago Sun Times, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Daily News, The Independent, InStyle, and Women’s Wear Daily and again most recently in USA Today.
As the Founder and Editor in Chief of aControlledSubstance.com, he hopes to continue the mission he started with the publication of “J’adore Dior?” in 2006: to make explicit the connections between the whims of fashion, style and popular culture to the larger social, economic and political landscape.
Before interviews with USA Today, NBC, FOX, CBS and my blog on nbcchicago.com established me as one of the leading authorities on style and presidential politics in campaign 2008, I was the stylist responsible forMichelle Obama’s first magazine cover.
WARNING: Somehow the culture wars of the early 1980’s at the University of Chicago and all of the attendant focus on identity politics led me in the most circuitous of ways to all of this:
I am an independent style expert and consumer advocate. My clients have included the First Lady of the United States, soccer moms and dads, Hollywood stars, C-suite executives of the Fortune 500 and a few very big egos.
My fashion advice has been featured prominently in online media, ABC 7, The Daily Herald, The Chicago Sun Times, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Daily News, The Independent, InStyle, USAToday and Women’s Wear Daily. One of my clients was on Modern Luxury’s 2012 Best Dressed. Visit TomKolovos.com/press for more details.
I write about style and pop culture on aControlledSubstance.com. I am currently working on a memoir “hopscotch” as well as an anthology of my pop culture musings over the last decade, “Vanna Speaks: Volume Too”
When it comes to style, “I have done everything except rodeo and porn,” as Bea Arthur once put it about her own storied career. For the past 7 years, I have contributed fashion and style segments for NBC5 Chicago and can now be seen on The WGN 9 Midday News. I have produced fashion and charity events for, among others, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, Escada, Burberry and Gucci.
Oh, I also have an absurdly healthy (and sometimes vicious) sense of humor about myself and every thing around me. That’s because no one’s ever died laughing.
You can follow me on Twitter @TomLolovosTKO because “momma said knock you out!”