In my personal wardrobe, I probably have about 100 hats.
It’s completely transformative.
If I’m in England and working from home then it can be quite varied, but if I’m travelling, which I do for maybe half the year, it needs to be packable in my LOUIS VUITTON hat box.
I am happy for the world to wear the same hat as me. For example, when I see my friends CHRIS SULLIVAN or CHRISTOS and we’re all wearing berets, we always laugh and say, ‘Oh! The beret boys!’
I don’t know, it depends on the season really. In autumn or winter, I think of TERRY THOMAS in his hilarious tweeds and bowler hats. In spring, I think of Count ROBERT DE MONTESQUIOU. His portrait by GIOVANNI BOLDINI has always been an extraordinary inspiration. For a summer party it always has to be DONALD SUTHERLAND in ‘Casanova’, pink ruffles! Do I look at fashion? Well, yes, of course I do. As RUPAUL said, ‘We’re all born naked and the rest is drag!’
My closet is actually quite small, but it is tidy because it has to be. I have boxes for special shoes, but normal shoes just get thrown around. My hats are organised by delicacy. For example, my handmade straw boater is in its own hat box, my THOM BROWNE bowler is in another hat box filled with caps, and my berets from Japan are actually in a FORTNUM & MASON’s hamper.
Yes, I very much disliked polo shirts because they absolutely did not suit me, but now my long-sleeved FRED PERRY polo shirts are a staple of my wardrobe. I’ve got one in every colour that they manufacture, and I wish they would produce more colours so I could buy more! What changed my mind? I lost 38 kilos.
Funnily enough, I do wear a bit of a uniform. I like wearing a suit because, in a way, it can do the work for you. You don’t always have to sit with perfect posture, with shoulders back and a straight leg, because that’s what a suit looks like. So a semi-constructed suit is a fantastic uniform and it means you can accessorise in many different ways.
When I am selling couture hats, I do need to be dressed appropriately.
I don’t have a ‘pick up’ look. When I have picked up I have often been wearing shorts, by chance.
I mean the easy answer is a hat, and that’s what people expect from me. For me, I’ve always been interested in looking older than I am, and never younger than I am, because I think it gives me an authority I otherwise might not have.