HAVING been raised on a cattle farm in southern Illinois, United States, Randy Fenoli was perhaps not expected to be the global sensation he is today. Fenoli, a renowned bridal expert and fashion designer for over 15 years, is now the star of TLC's Say Yes to the Dress and Randy to the Rescue and the author of his first book It's All About the Dress. The star dedicates his professional life empowering women by making them feel beautiful on one of the most important day's of their life — their wedding day. AW caught up with the effervescent star at the Vanderbilt Hall of New York City's historic Grand Central Terminal where he played host to the Sandals launch of 'Your Wedding, Your Style' — their customisable wedding packages and interactive online 'wedding designer' application — and promoted his book. With his infectious smile and catch phrase greeting — "Hello beautiful!" it was certainly difficult for his presence to go unnoticed. Brides from all over the city lined up to receive free advice from the star as well as a signed copy of his book. Here is what he had to share...
Who are your style icons?
My style icons are the late Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly -- they were always impeccably dressed. I also like the way Prince William and Kate Middleton dress as well.
Name the last book you read.
I hate to admit it but I don't get time to read a lot, but the answer to that question is obvious, my book -- It's All About the Dress (smiles).
Share some places in your black book.
I've been just about everywhere but not Jamaica, unfortunately. But I just got an invitation so I'll be there soon. I won't be turning down such a fantastic offer!
What is your beverage of choice?
An intoxicating drink called the Greyhound (a grapefruit juice and vodka mixed cocktail).
What is the last movie you saw that you really loved?
I really loved The Devil Wears Prada (laughs). They call me Mirandi. I don't know what I'd do without my coffee in the morning. Without it I'm just as cranky as she is!
Why did you decide to collaborate with Sandals?
I think Sandals is great. It is family-owned and very successful. I think highly of the Stewarts, as I believe that they are true innovators and go-getters. They move with the speed of life. I believe that they are global thinkers, always on the lookout for the next big thing. They are wonderful, genuine, stand-up kind of people. The partnership was important because they are the kinds of people I want my brand to be aligned with.
What inspired you to write your book and what do you hope people will gain from it?
Every single girl I meet shares the same common emotion and anxiety about getting the perfect dress. I wanted them to take that away by educating them and elevating their self-confidence. I wanted to empower them not just for their wedding day but for life. Every woman should feel beautiful!
What is your philosophy?
I believe we create our lives each day by the choices we make. We create our own destinies.
What is next for you?
The sky is the limit. I have so many talents I want to explore. As a kid I sewed, cooked and painted. As a grown-up I was hairdresser, author, and a wedding dress designer for 15 years. So I have many talents that I could explore again professionally in the future. But right now I would love to one day take home the Mirror Ball trophy on Dancing With the Stars. I'm also working on getting my own talk show.