Former Splash cover star Giuliana Rancic is no stranger to interviews, but her son, Duke, isn’t sure they’re his thing. While we chatted with his mom, the 3-and-a-half-year-old hopped on the line. After a quick hello through the phone, “he goes, ‘I’m done!’ ” Rancic laughs.
Though Duke didn’t stick around, the “Fashion Police” and “Live from the Red Carpet” host still had time to talk festival fashion, summer hot spots and why she’s happier than ever.
SPLASH: Do you have any summer festival must-haves?
GIULIANA RANCIC: One of my tips is to protect your toes, because there’s nothing worse than having your feet stepped on at a festival, especially when you’re close to the stage. I always wear closed-toe shoes, but so many people think to do the opposite, and wear sandals because it’s summer. I say definitely wear cute little flats or even boots. The other night at Windy City [Smokeout] I wore these cute flat, lace-up boots with a little floral festival dress I got at Forever 21. I was super comfortable. A crossbody bag is great and floppy hats are great festival fashion, and keep the sun off your face. And to all the girls out there, pack some flushable Cottonelle cleansing cloths, because you don’t know what the bathrooms are going to be like. Lastly, wearing a tinted moisturizer [gives you] a little bit of coverage. I always get a tinted moisturizer with SPF in it.
S: What is the biggest fashion mistake you’ve seen at a festival?
GR: I think the worst thing I’ve ever seen is when [someone] is sunburned. There’s nothing worse than being sunburned, especially when you’re trying to have fun. But otherwise, what’s cool about a festival is there are no real rules when it comes to fashion. Everyone is kind of embracing this fun, quirky, super hip side of themselves. It’s an opportunity for us to be who we are and have fun.
S: Do you have any favorite summer events or activities you like to do, particularly with Duke?
GR: There are great farmers markets, like the one near the zoo. My son and I, this past weekend, walked from the Gold Coast to the Lincoln Park Zoo [2001 N. Clark], and we had the best time. He loves the zebras and camels.
S: Did you see the baby camel?
GR: Yes, it was so cute! I’d never seen a baby camel in person. I think that’s such a great zoo and it’s amazing that it’s free. Duke had such a great time. I wheeled him around in a red wagon. We pull up to the camels, he gets out, he looks over at the camels and then he gets back in. I’m like ‘Really? You can’t just walk around with me? I have to wheel you around the whole zoo?’ We’re also obsessed with tours in our own city. Every two weeks we take the double decker bus tour. We cruise around the city and hop on and hop off. We love being tourists in Chicago. Even when you live here, you miss so much, and so it’s nice to take one of those tours. We definitely take advantage of the city. Bill [asked] me if we should go somewhere in August, and I’m like, no, why would we go anywhere? Chicago’s the greatest city in the summer.
S: What can we expect from you next?
GR: The restaurant business has been amazing. We just opened RPM Italian in D.C., and I spend most of my day doing work on the clothing line [G by Giuliana for HSN]. It’s run out of Chicago, and we do 12 collections a year. [My family] moved here full time last August, and it has been the best year of my life, hands down. I’ve done some pretty cool stuff, but [I love] being able to be a mom and a wife and be in this great city that I’ve wanted to live in for so long. And Bill’s here, and our restaurants. It just feels like my life is finally complete, and exactly where I want it to be.