At 5 feet 9 inches barefoot, lithe and
gorgeous, the host of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, airing Wednesdays,
works that stage as if were a catwalk.
“She’s very elegant and chic,” says Gaelle
Paul, Deeley’s costumer last season. Paul, who just had a second baby and
wasn’t sure if she were returning to the show, says, “I have to say she can
really push a look. In many respects she can do very fun and outrageous things
that don’t look that outrageous on her.”
It’s true that few people can wear metallic
dresses or gigantic flowers in their hair without looking as if it’s Halloween.
Why can Deeley carry it off?
“Her height and confidence,” Paul says.
“And look, she does have this incredible body, and she does basically look like
a model, and they can pretty much carry off anything.”
Though Deeley can wear anything, Paul had
“On one of the shows, she wore a beige
Herve Leger, and that was a completely gold-sequined strapless dress,” Paul
says. “And she put on amazing high-heeled Jimmy Choos that were a little bit
dominatrix, but not really.”
“I love heels,” Deeley says. “And sometimes
it’s quite difficult as the dancers are quite small. With heels I am 6 foot. I
feel like their bodyguard!”
Deeley and her costumer separately rave
about Jimmy Choo shoes.
“Cat can walk in really, really high, high
heels,” Paul says. “She definitely suffers. If the shoe hurts she doesn’t care.
She is a real trouper, like those catwalk models.”
In addition to the designers Paul cites,
Deeley says she loves supporting designers from the United Kingdom and favors
Mostly, though, Deeley adores vintage
“It is my guilty pleasure,” she says.
“There is nothing more I like than getting up on a Sunday morning, sometimes go
out in my pajamas. Yes, sometimes I do. I put on a ponytail. I will put a
jacket on top, and sunglasses.”
“I want to get there early,” she continues,
referring to her forays to flea markets. “I wear bags that can go across me so
I can have both hands free. I grab a humongous bucket of coffee so I am fully
caffeinated to go to the flea market. I find things and customize them myself.”
Deeley doesn’t actually take to the sewing
machine but frequents a dry cleaner who makes alterations and repairs.
Deeley completes her onstage look with
Jennifer Kaufman jewelry, which Paul supplied. Left to her own devices, Deeley
fairly coos when she says, “I love Van Cleef."