Colin Cowie has led an extraordinary life. He arrived in America from South Africa with $400 in the pocket of a good suit and a tan. But it was his smarts, personality and stylish sensibility that led him into the fast-track, glamorous world of planning over-the-top parties for the who's who of royalty, celebrity and business. Respected around the world as an arbiter of style, Colin Cowie has been at the forefront of event and wedding planning for the past 25 years, creating trends and raising the bar for creating the ultimate experience for guests.
Colin Cowie is an authority on living with style; an author of 8 best-selling books that are sold around the world, a celebrated television personality, a designer for lifestyle products sold on HSN, and now at the helm of a new digital venture that is revolutionizing the online wedding planning industry.
ColinCowieWeddings.com is the most compelling place online to reach the modern wedding-bound couple. Engaging the engaged with a dynamic fresh look, exclusive original content and a proprietary social network, the new entry combines the expertise of Cowie, one of the world’s foremost authorities in wedding planning and lifestyle, with state of the art technology to assist the modern, digital couple in planning the most stylish day of their lives.
Recent events produced by Cowie include the multi-million dollar opening of the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas and Oprah Winfrey’s Farewell Party, as well as the fabulous 'Welcome to New York' party he hosted with Jason Binn for newlyweds Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries. In addition to Oprah, some of his celebrity clients include Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Aniston, Lil Wayne, Nicole Kidman and Demi Moore.
Colin’s corporate clients include Audemars Piguet, Davidoff of Geneva, Warner Bros, CBS, Cash Money Records, The Whitney Museum, Architectural Digest, Kerzner International’s One and Only Hotels, Cosmopolitan Magazine and InStyle Magazine.
Some of the spectacular events designed and produced by Colin Cowie Lifestyle include Oprah Winfrey’s Legends Ball, Oprah Winfrey’s 50th birthday celebration, John Travolta’s 50th birthday celebration, the Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar parties, the grand opening celebrations the Atlantis Royal Towers in Paradise Island, the 40th Anniversary of Cosmopolitan Magazine, the grand opening of Palm Island, Dubai the Atlantis Hotel on Palm Island and the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas.
Beyond entertaining, Cowie's work extends into the hospitality area where he oversaw the renovation of the Mira Hotel in Hong Kong with 600 guest rooms, 3 restaurants, the ballroom, spa and all common areas. Residential projects include homes in Los Angeles, Miami and New York. From 1997 – 2001 Colin was a national spokesperson and designer for Lenox with his signature line of china, crystal and silverware sold in more than 500 retail stores. Colin also served as creative director for NetJets from 2007 through 2009 focusing on creating the greatest customer service experience in private aviation.
Colin Cowie and his work have been prominently featured in publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine, People, Elle Decor, InStyle, Town & Country, House Beautiful, etc. and on television shows including "The Oprah Winfrey Show," CNN, "Ellen DeGeneres," "The Today Show" and "Access Hollywood."
Colin sits on the board of several philanthropic organizations focusing on education, healthcare and mentorship programs in South Africa.