Color. Style. Empowerment.“Every person has the right to feel empowered and look fantastic.”


Emmy® award-winning stylist and best-selling author David Zyla has empowered tens of thousands to embrace their authentic style. His books − The Color of Style (Dutton), Color Your Style (Plume), and How to Win at Shopping (Workman) − have influenced David’s followers all over the world to adopt his unique approach to personal style and color, based on his decades of experience in fashion, costume design, and consulting.

At the age of 22, David started his Seventh Avenue eveningwear label, which was featured at New York’s Fashion Week and sold by luxury retailers, including Bergdorf Goodman and Henri Bendel. Before that, he began his career in sales at Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys New York, and Tiffany & Co.

By 2001, David had already earned a reputation as a tastemaker with strong ties to the global fashion community and was recruited by ABC to reinvigorate the visual quality of its daytime programming. David has held the position of head costume designer for various long-running television shows including ABC’s All My Children (2010 Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design Emmy Award), General Hospital, and Lifetime’s Devious Maids.

David has also designed for theater, film, and commercials and is currently a judge on JTV’s Rock Star Designer reality show.

His unique platform on style makes him a sought after authority on fashion and color in the media. He has been featured in a variety of broadcast media including The View, The Nate Berkus Show, The Jane Pauley Show, Marie, and CNN Style, as well as on CBS News, FOXNews, ABC News, Martha Stewart Living Radio, and Playboy Radio. He has been profiled in People magazine and The New Yorker, and featured in publications including Life & Style, More Magazine, Real Simple, Women’s Wear Daily, The Huffington Post, USA Today, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Traditional Home, Vogue UK, Brides Magazine, Women’s Health, Daily Mail, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, Reuters, and Yahoo.

David Zyla’s unique personal style has been chronicled in The New York Times, in the book I am Dandy (Gestalten), and on websites such as Scott Schulman’s The Sartorialist, and Richard Haines’ What I Saw Today.

He has collaborated with some of the most recognizable faces of contemporary culture, including Neil Patrick Harris, Hillary Clinton, Susan Lucci, Tom Hanks, Carol Burnett, Amber Rose, and Kelsey Grammar. His lifelong passion is helping people discover their individual palette of flattering colors and unique style − the best version of themselves − through private and group style consultations all over the world.

A guest speaker, panelist, and lecturer on the transformative power of color and design and its application to wardrobe, home, and lifestyle, he is known for his engaging, educational, and fun presentations on fashion.

Recent speaking engagements include events for Barron’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, The National Arts Club, The Cosmopolitan Club, Clarins, Dress for Success, Lord and Taylor, DKNY, Bloomingdales, and Macy’s.

David often serves as a teacher and guest lecturer at major design institutions, museums, and schools, including New York University, Hofstra University, SCAD, LIM, Otterbein College, and UC Davis. He is a faculty member at Marymount Manhattan College where he teaches a regular course on Fashion, History, and Society. He attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.


6 Responses to “Color. Style. Empowerment.“Every person has the right to feel empowered and look fantastic.””

  1. kim mccloud says:

    Please do a book on the archtypes-i am a renaissance summer and would love to see example palettes and colors. i can see greta and cate as archtypes -i fit in with them. a workbook with color chips would help or sell some chips – i would buy them. i think you are on to something fascinating.

  2. Annabel Ascher says:

    I have been playing with the colors and telling everyone I know about this. I would love to know more about the archetypes. I think I may be a vivid winter.

  3. Grace says:

    Hi! Great book! I have been playing with color theory for a long time now and your book makes the most sense to me. How much easier would it be to build a closet around 8 colors! I agree that a follow-up book of archtypes and color palettes would be most helpful!

  4. Sharon Dawson says:

    Hi David,

    I just read your book. I missed your seminar at the Learning Annex in June. Will you be doing another seminar in NYC soon? Do you do consultations in NY? I really need help with color and style.

    Thank you.

  5. Beth says:

    This book has quickly revolutionized my life-thank you, David! Instead of bashing around buying random pieces, I was able to ‘shop my closet’, put outfits together based on your system, and suddenly I’m getting compliments every day. I’m throwing out the pieces that don’t work, and acquiring missing ‘base’ essentials in a focused way that is relaxed and easy on my budget.

    I’m buying copies of your book for my 2 daughters; wish I’d had it when they lived at home, but this is helpful for any age and stage. They are young women scrambling around trying to acquire a wardrobe that compliments their looks: one with a new job, one at college. This will be invaluable.

    Again, thank you for sharing your system. It is simple, and IT WORKS!

  6. Vickie Aldrich says:

    I absolutely love your book! I am so excited to get home & elavuate my current wardrobe & purge unflattering items. I have studied color & style theory as hobbies & your system makes so much sense to me! (Mostly because none of the professionals can figure out my “season”!) I have been confirmed a summer at age 14, a spring at 25, an autumn at 32. I have read countless books, visited websites, watched style shows & finally self-evaluated & decided to pull from spring & autumn my own palette. (now, I am 50!) So, thank you, THANK YOU!!!!! I am sooooo excited as your system is my key to color success! I would love a book with color swatches & another book featuring the “archetypes! Get Busy as you are onto something!!!! Sincerely, Vickie

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