What is your fashion view?
Fashion is simply a self-expression of oneâ€™s personality and emotion. To quote the late Patrick Swayze in the film To Wong Foo, â€œI think today is a â€˜say somethingâ€™ hat day … Iâ€™m going to wear a â€˜say somethingâ€™ hat.â€ Fashion should make you smile and make the people around you smile as well.
How do you describe your style?
Dry Martini with a twist. Currently, Iâ€™m channeling â€˜50s and â€˜60s Euro prep and being fairly conservative with my personal styling â€“ well-tailored trousers, waistcoats, bow ties, etc. However, my style usually changes with the seasons. Overall, I tend to stay fairly clean cut with my clothing choices, but I will always incorporate some quirky accessory or something that says, â€œI definitely donâ€™t take myself too seriously.â€
What are your favorite pieces?
My cashmere Burberry scarf, an old pair of black Converse â€œChuck Taylorâ€™sâ€ that Iâ€™ll wear with pretty much anything, a vintage silver tie clip that I stole from my dad and my Singer Sewing Machine circa 1982. Being a very skinny person, everything has to be tailoredÂ so I taught myself how to sew and I tailor all of my clothing myself.
Where is your favorite place to shop?
Occasionally, Iâ€™ll find some pieces in some of the boutique stores in town, like Gifthorse (owned by my friends Shawn Beirne and Butch Sager) or Discoveries on Bardstown Road. But, mostly I order my clothes online. Two companies that I am obsessed with are Topman London and Zara. Most recently, I have been drooling over the clothes on the Gilt Groupe web site. Fantastic couture fashions at a fraction of the cost.
Who is your fashion icon? Why? Â
For their personal style and overall persona, pretty much any of the Old Hollywood gents like Clark Gable, James Stewart or Frank Sinatra. Itâ€™s really not even a â€œfashion thingâ€ with these guys, but how they carried themselves. They could sit at a bar by themselves, sipping on their cocktail, and you would not be able to take your eyes off of them.
From a fashion perspective, and simply for their unabashed creativity and flawless execution, I would have to say I really look to Alexander McQueen and John Galliano.