It’s a bittersweet blog that I write this week as there are changes afoot! As you will probably have learned already our beloved Kathy Tayler is finally hanging up her QVC hat and retiring after a glorious career in TV. We are thrilled and gutted in equal measure as Kathy, along with being a great presenter, is one of the kindest people you will ever meet and we will miss her at the studios immensely. We are however so happy for Kathy to be finally getting to do all the things she has planned with her family and of course trips in the famous campervan. Great adventures are ahead!
This actually all feels quite serendipitous too because it was because of Kathy, to a certain degree, that I ended up as a full-time presenter at QVC. 5 years ago, when Kathy decided to take a break and a 6-month sabbatical from the channel, I was freelancing and doing some of the extra pre-records for the Style Channel plus doing some of the guest presenting. I was asked to step in to fill the gap while she was away. I of course said yes and was incredibly happy to get the chance to take on the challenge and by the end of the 6 months was over the moon to be asked to stay.
Now, to give it a lovely bookend to the story Kathy asked the ‘powers that be’ that they consider letting me be the one to take over ‘Morning Style with Kathy’, and as Kathy said ‘drop the ‘aitch’! Thankfully they agreed, so without further ado I can now say that as of May 12th Morning Style with Kathy will become Morning Style with Katy.
I am so happy to be getting to take on the fab show that Kathy has brought us all for so many years and can’t wait to get started. I get an extra treat though as on May 5th Kathy and I will host the show together to say goodbye to the show from her and hello from me at the same time. It should be a fun show and yes perhaps a little emotional so I would love you to set the reminders and come and join us. It will be a great opportunity for you to send me your messages on air too so I can read them out to her. Kathy’s official last day on air will be 6th.
In the run up to the changeover I had the pleasure of getting to do a fun photo shoot for the new ‘Morning Style with Katy’ page on the website. This is the destination page for the show so that you can find the full rundown of items that have featured in the show each week. Our stylist Stine and I had some fun meetings to discuss styles and looks that I wanted to try out and she found some great looks to match the mood from our huge selection of fashion.
The looks feature the Gok Wan WULI:LUU check blazer and palazzo suit trousers styled with Dannii Minogue Love and Kisses T-Shirt (still available in Petite) and Vionic trainers. The Dannii Minogue faux leather jacket available in Regular and Petite was styled along with the Dannii jeans, again in Regular or Petite and also the gorgeous Helene Berman Contrast Dot Dress.
Fashion has been a big part of my life from an early age. I modelled as a teenager and was introduced to not just high street fashion but designer brands that showed me how exciting fashion could be. I learned quickly how to mix the two so that you could make any look elevated with just one investment peace and also how to ‘get the designer look’ without spending a fortune. In fact, I nearly went down the fashion route after I did a stint working on the fashion desk at You Magazine. There I got to assist on shoots and organise all the amazing designer clothes in the fashion cupboard along with collating information about the products to be printed in the fashion spreads.
I can’t wait to get started on the show, I am really looking forward to making it as interactive with all of you as possible. I want to see your fashion pictures, hear about your style journeys and also help you with any fashion dilemmas with the help of our fantastic guests. Make sure you are following me on Instagram because I will be doing plenty of styling videos on there along with interviews with our fashion guests.
I would like to take this opportunity to say how much we will miss you Kathy and I will particularly miss our lovely chats and the advice you have given me over the years. As lovely and kind as all those chats have been though my lasting memory will be at the Christmas lunch when Kathy told a joke about clams that I can’t repeat on air, she had us all falling of our chairs exclaiming KATHY TAYLER! That sparkle in her eyes is definitely a naughty one.
Can’t wait to do the handover show on May 5th at 10am and also my first official show on 12th. Hope to see you there!
Love Katy x