What type of garment is key to your personal style?

Shorts. I’ve been wearing shorts all year round for forever! My favourite is an old pair of black leather cargo NEIL BARRETT ones and lately a pair from COMME DES GARÇONS that are super wide black pleather. I particularly like wearing shorts with leggings and tights in winter.

How many pairs of shorts do you have in your wardrobe?

My shorts drawer is bottomless.

What is it specifically about them that you love?

I suppose I like showing my legs. I’m only 5 foot nine and I like the way shorts break up my proportions and the way they can look casual or very dressed up. Sometimes full length pants just look too real for me. I’m the perpetual Dickensian schoolboy who doesn’t actually want to grow up and earn his long trousers.

Do you know where your attachment to wearing shorts comes from? Is it something from your youth, or something you picked up from a specific person? When, who?

Looking back at my youth, I think I’ve always loved shorts. I grew up in the cut-offs and tube sock era so it’s just part of me.

How do you feel when you see other men wearing the same thing? Are you happy for the whole world to wear ‘your’ shorts or do you prefer to stand out?

Men wearing shorts with leggings is now a common silhouette in athletic clothing. I think athletic wear has really given men the opportunity to confidently, if not shamelessly, display their full peacock. You can suddenly wear some really outrageous and clashing prints and get away with it. Seeing men wearing the same things as me doesn’t make me feel unspecial – it’s about the components and how you carry them.

Can you describe the state of your closet? Is it tidy, messy, super organised, folded, boxed, grouped by colour or season, etcetera?

It’s pretty organised. My husband DMITRY and I each have an 8’x10” wardrobe with three divisions. The first is hanging shirts, with drawers organised into scarfs, sunglasses and jewellery, belts and ties and bags, the second is for suits and eveningwear, and the third is drawers for everything else: jeans, shorts, T-shirts, sweatshirts, pants. We also have a big shoe closet and a separate coat closet.

Is there a garment that you used to dislike but ended up loving and wearing? When or why did your aversion to it turn to fondness? What changed your mind?

I always buy things on impulse that intrigue me and when I get home I find they don’t really work. So I often wait years and years and keep trying to integrate them in, then one day they just feel right! I bought this chunky sweater by SIBLING at Machine A in London that I had to have. Then when it came time to wearing it in the autumn I thought I must have been insane as it adds 20 kilos to my silhouette! But it’s gorgeous and I have hopes that one day it will work.

Have you ever made a radical change in your ‘look’? Have you ever been tempted to get rid of all your clothes and start again from scratch?

I’ve had some radically different moments in my life, whether as a club kid or androgynous creature during my time working as both a male and female model. So I have definitely shed certain visual personas and all the associated trappings. In more recent times I would say I invested heavily in the cropped, dropped-crotch look from COMME DES GARÇONS, RICK OWENS, JULIUS, etcetera, but even though I love these pieces I think ‘Hammer Time’ has definitely come to an end.

Do you pick out what you wear in advance? Like, the night before?

I usually know what I want to wear in advance but there are times that you don’t even recognise your own clothes and it forces you to find a new way of wearing them.

What underwear do you wear?

I like EMPORIO ARMANI square cuts, KOSTAS MURKUDIS for SCHIESSER (they are thin and sexy) and ACNE was making these beautiful boxer shorts in a perfect cut that you can’t get anymore.

What amazing tip for wardrobe management or maintenance can you share?

Find a great dry cleaner and take everything you care about there. Don’t go to a place that is cheaper that might ruin your clothes.

What ultimately signifies your style of dressing?

I have always worn clothes that can be seen as genderless. Whether they are men’s or women’s, I look for a tailored flamboyance that’s still rooted in classic clothing. One of my favourite pieces is a HEDI SLIMANE era DIOR opera cape that I like to wear with a black hoodie, jeans, combat boots and my giant BALENCIAGA brooch.