Those of you who followed my Instagram closely while I was in Europe might remember a photo I posted of a piece of paper covered in psychopath-esque chicken scrawls. That’s because on the first day of Milan Fashion Week I interviewed Umit Benan for GQ by phone as I was waiting for the Costume National show to begin, and since iPhones don’t allow you to record phone calls, I was forced to scrawl the answers on the envelope of the Ermenegildo Zegna invitation while sitting on top of a speaker in a not particularly quiet corner of the room. It’s a glamorous life.Click to Continue!
Every guy I’ve gotten the chance to interview for GQ‘s 10 Essentials series has been exciting, but I must say that getting the chance to spend half an hour with Frank Muytjens one rainy afternoon in New York was a particular highlight. I’m an unabashed J.Crew fan, I wear the brand every day, and I really do believe that Frank has helped usher in a new era of menswear whereby it’s now acceptable for guys to care about fit and fabrication.Click to Continue!
Last week it was Richard Haines, this week it’s Richard James. The British can be a a stuffy bunch at the best of times, so you can only imagine the frosty reception afforded to Welsh-born Richard James when he opened his contemporary tailoring boutique at 37a Savile Row in 1992. James ushered in a new movement in Savile Row style, full of color, celebrities, and controversy; never one to shy away from making a statement — he dressed Dustin Hoffman and Robert de Niro in camo suits for the cover of a magazine in 1998 — one of his first majorClick to Continue!
Richard Haines. Photo: Winnie Au for GQ My third 10 Essentials went live today, featuring my favourite menswear illustrator, and great friend, Richard Haines. Mine and Richard’s friendship has been fairly well documented on this blog, but in case you’re just tuning in, we met at New York Fashion Week in 2011 while we were both contributing to The New York Times, and became fast friends due to his willingness to give things a go (we may or may not have snuck into the Alexander Wang show together… three times), and my appreciation for his dry, sarcastic, and often acerbicClick to Continue!
Last week I had the amazing opportunity to spend 20 minutes on the phone with Giancarlo Giammetti, the business mastermind behind the global empire that is Valentino, and star of the 2008 fashion documentary Valentino: The Last Emperor. One of the great things he said to me was that he sleeps in very late (his words), until about 9:00am or 9:30am, and that he is lucky to have many kind people who will buy him lunch and dinner. What a lord. Besides being a gentleman and an extremely cool dude, Giammetti has tastes that are elegant and high-end, from theClick to Continue!