E! host Giuliana Rancic says she loves the lack of plastic with Australian women.
On her first trip to Australia, the television personality, known for shows including Fashion Police and reality TV show Giuliana & Bill, was greeted by hundreds of fans at an event in Sydney on Tuesday.
Rancic, who runs the fashion label G By Giuliana Rancic and covers awards season with fellow E! host Ryan Seacrest, says Australians wear some of the best red-carpet fashion.
She singled out Cate Blanchett. “Not only is she the most stylish Australian, but pretty much the most stylish woman in Hollywood,” Rancic told AAP.
“I love Naomi Watts… She’s perfection yet she looks like the girl next door. She’s very relatable-looking.”
That trait is shared by many women here, she said.
“Another thing I noticed about Australian women is they don’t look fake.
“They’re just naturally beautiful and I love that – especially coming from Hollywood, where there’s a lot of plastic.”
As the Autumn/Winter style ambassador for Westfield, Rancic also had a lot to say about local designers.
She gushed about her favourites, including sass & bide, Zimmerman, Carla Zampatti, Ginger & Smart, and Cue.
“I wear a lot of Australian designers,” said Rancic, who wore Paolo Sebastian to the Academy Awards and Alex Perry to the Grammys.
“They’re very fashion-forward. They’re very cutting-edge when it comes to cool looks, like I’m wearing Willow right now.
“I love the deconstructed look, the use of mixing and matching fabrics and materials and I’ve noticed that sometimes you’ll see an Australian designer do something and then a US designer does it a year later in a very similar way and I’m like, `Hmmm, very sneaky’.
“I think they influence a lot of fashion and I think they’re some of the best designers in the world.”
Rancic was overwhelmed both by the number of Australian fans at the event and by their enthusiasm. People clamoured to get selfies with her, some even handing over their babies to pose for photos.
“It’s overwhelming,” Rancic said.
“Everyone’s been so warm and friendly. I was hoping maybe 10 people would come out, or 20 people, but I didn’t expect all these people.”
Although this is her first visit to Australia, Rancic said she would definitely be back with her husband Bill and their son, Duke.
“My husband and I, we’ve been dying to come to Australia, and we’ve had some opportunities but Duke, our child, is 19 months old so for the past 19 months, we just haven’t been able to come, because that 16-hour flight is a lot for a child,” she said.
“We’ve got to wait til Duke’s a little older and we can all come as a family.”