Internationally renowned media and beauty entrepreneur, celebrity stylist, TV personality, philanthropist, creative director, and, most importantly, a storyteller.
His humble beginnings led to his obsessive need to educate himself in the art of reinvention and to create a narrative. With an affinity for all things fashion and lifestyle, Derek wanted to create a brand that showed off his 25 years in the creative industry. His worldwide view of culture, accompanied by years of working with celebrities, has assisted his vision for a new eye of publishing in the modern digital age.
Warburton, now regarded as an authoritative source of inspiration, had an unassuming start to a life that would eventually become rich with diversity and accomplishment.
His early life as a homeless adolescent shaped his outlook and gave him a strong will to succeed. Warburton was raised in Rochester, New Hampshire. Following his parents’ divorce, Warburton moved to Florida with his mother. Though Warburton’s mother had a job, she was unable to afford rent which resulted in Warburton and his mother becoming homeless for eight months. They lived in a tent without electricity, running water, or sanitation. Warburton later moved back to New Hampshire, where he graduated from Nute High School. He attended college at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, NY but did not complete his degree. Warburton held his first charity event in Ogunquit, Maine, where he had spent many summer vacations. Before becoming a celebrity stylist, Warburton worked as a makeup artist and marketing director at Giuliano Day Spa in Boston, MA. Warburton began coordinating fashion shows for charitable organizations in the mid-1990s. His first solo show, “Fashion for Aids,” raised $15,000 for newly diagnosed HIV/AIDS patients.
Derek Warburton’s career started in the fashion industry and has now flourished and blossomed into the media industry.
In 2006, Warburton designed sets and styled jewelry for Beyoncé’s House of Deréon fashion line. Following his work with House of Deréon, Warburton became a stylist for numerous celebrities including Miranda Kerr, Sean Paul, Heather Graham, Shay Mitchell, Josh Henderson, Leah Remini, Jessica Alba, Anthony Anderson, Anne Heche, Katherine McPhee Foster, and Ariel Winter. The Veronicas, Carmen Electra, Annelynne McCord, Mario Lopez, Meagan Good, Audrina Partridge, and Olivia Culpo. In 2009, he launched a blog, Derek Loves Shopping, that offered affordable fashion advice.
Warburton commented on celebrity fashion and provided style advice during appearances on EXTRA, Dateline, Good Day New York, HuffPost Live, NBC, CBS, ABC, and FOX. He co-hosted UK’s Fashion Avenue with Jodi Kidd and Style Network’s Big Boutique. In 2010, Warburton made cameo appearances on the third season of the Bravo reality television The Real Housewives of New York. Warburton presented the International Designer of the Year Award at the 2011 and 2012 Scottish Fashion Awards in Glasgow, Scotland. In 2010, Warburton was hosted along with Nicole Miller as an American VIP for New Zealand Fashion Week. In 2013, he was the Style Ambassador for Spiegel and Newport News.
In 2015, Warburton appeared on the cover of LaPalme Magazine. Warburton presented the award for International Stylist of the Year at the 2015 Scottish Fashion Awards in London. In 2016, Warburton was the Travel Ambassador to Malta. Warburton was included in The Daily Front Row’s Who’s Who in Fashion Media and at the same time, launched his fine jewelry line, “Mr. Warburton” in July 2017 at SwimWeek Style/Au Courant where he was also a keynote speaker. Vous Magazine named him the “fashion guru” of 2021.
Warburton was the International Style Director for Hong Kong’s West East. He was a brand ambassador for Old Navy, Lancôme, Asics, Go Smile, Kmart, Charming Charlie Borghese, and Jos A. Bank. In 2017, Warburton was the Celebrity Ambassador for Feeric Fashion Week and host of the Feeric Gala in Romania. In 2019, IFEMA chose Warburton to be a part of its initiative to expand the Mercedes-Benz Madrid Fashion Week globally. Warburton produced and hosted a four part YouTube series, All Access Madrid that highlighted Spanish fashion. In 2020, Warburton made his acting debut in the digital series The Salon, which was written, directed and produced by Roxanne Messina Captor. Warburton and the rest of the cast and crew of The Salon won the Best Digital Series Award at the 2021 iHollywood Festival. Kelsey Grammer and Tom Russo were Executive Producers. Warburton co-starred with an ensemble cast including Harry Shearer and Kate Linder. The Salon ran a “For Your Consideration” campaign for the 2020 Primetime Emmy Awards. Nominations for the six-episode series were submitted in all major creative, performance and technical categories including Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series.
Warburton stars as Daniel Bridges in the 2021 feature film Sarogeto, written, directed and produced by Nico Santucci. Eric Roberts, Winsor Harmon and Ikumi Yashimatsu also star in the film which was the first production permitted to shoot in the Aokigahara Forest in Japan.
Derek Warburton is known for his work with Bottomless Closet, which provides professional clothing, job readiness, and post-employment training and coaching services to women on assistance and working poor women.
He also gives style makeovers to women who are re-entering the workforce. During the Fall/Winter 2011 New York Fashion Week, he hosted a benefit for Housing Works, which assists homeless AIDS patients. In 2017, Warburton was honored with the Style Ambassadorship to the city of Los Angeles by the California State Assembly for his work with the homeless. He produced the Real Fashion, Real Women runway show that closed the Fall/Winter 2011 New York Fashion Week and cast 24 women from Bottomless Closet as models. Since 2019, he has volunteered with the Hollywood Food Coalition preparing and serving food to the homeless in Los Angeles.
In November 2021, MrWarburton media added Gurus Magazine to its roster of properties
With a philosophy made up of 3 words: truth, passion, and authenticity – the words are each written and hidden on every cover. Warburton says, “I wanted to create a magazine built on wellness and experts that make the world a better place.” The cover includes Emmy award-winning actress Anne Heche, actor and director Peter Facinelli, singer Isabelle Fries and philanthropist Nancy Davis.
In 2022, Derek collaborated with the skincare and make-up company FACE Stockholm to create the Derek Fabulous Collection in celebration of Pride Month. The Launch of the Derek Fabulous Collection was graced by celebrities like Tara Reid, Taryn Manning, Cynthia Bailey, and Princess Martha Louise of Norway. The make-up collection was featured in multiple publications, including David’s Guide.
Later in 2022, Derek released his second collaborative effort with FACE Stockholm, the Boundless Collection. Like all of Derek’s work, the beauty collection encapsulated Derek’s vibrant and expressive style.
In 2023, Derek Warburton unveiled his latest venture, the Los Angeles Inquisitor magazine. This monthly publication is dedicated to providing an in-depth look into the lives of people, places and things within the greater Los Angeles area. Its goal is to offer readers a window into what makes the city so unique and disparate. Each issue features articles on local celebrities, restaurants, businesses, events, and communities that make up the fabric of LA. Los Angeles Inquisitor Is a tribute to his dear friend and Emmy Award winner Anne Heche. Heche’s cover story on Los Angeles Inquisitor that talked about her memoir, “Call Me Anne,” was instantly picked up by platforms such as Daily Mail, E! News, ET Online, People Magazine, and OK! Magazine. Heche has been a huge influence and inspiration to Warburton and reflects the magazine’s motto, “people, places, and all things LA.” Los Angeles inquisitor also did a feature story on Selling Sunset’s Amanza Smith, which made waves upon its release.
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