+  Edited and photographed by Iké Udé, author of Style File. Selected as one of Vanity Fair’s 2009, 2012 and 2015 International Best Dressed Originals.  +

special guest interview: MONTGOMERY FRAZIER talks about 1st OUTFIT: #1 in 9 acts + with introduction

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Montgomery is consistently quite the sharp dressed chap with a unique dandiacal disposition and disarming attitude. Some, even the die-hard, insufferable fashionistas “dress-up” in their trendy gear when occasion demands or there is the promise of even a base paparazzi about. Not so with Mr. Frazier. As long as I’d known him, and it’s been eons ago, and counting, he’s always—without fail—been that wittily-dressed-chap, to all who know him.

 

In addition, he’s quite the looker, aristocratic in visage and as if he’d stepped out from, say,  F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. A wit, he is reasonably and outrageously opinionated in equal measure—not without his contagious charm. He professionally consults as well as freely dispenses advise on sartorial matters.

 

A Roswell, New Mexico native, Montgomery Frazier began his creative career, after a 4 year stint with the Hyatt Corporation, in Manhattan’s , then art Soho district as the Creative Director for the hugely trendy fashion boutique, Parachute. There he was responsible for dressing up-and-coming pop icon, Madonna, for ‘Live Aid’ and other such superstar pop idols as Cher, Peter Gabriel, and Duran Duran just to name a few. During his tenure at Parachute, his talent and capacity for working with new talent led to editorial and advertorial collaborations with then emerging photographers Mario Testino and David LaChapelle.

 

Always ahead of the game with his hand on the pulse of New York, Frazier was then offered a staff position as Fashion Director for the revolutionary pop culture medium, MTV. There, Montgomery introduced a generation of rock & rollers to the world of fashion and style.

 

As imaging and style are ultimately a form of communication, it was a natural segue way for Montgomery to lend his talents and resources as Special Features Editor for the extremely hip, youth culture “scene-zine” magazine,‘Project X where the term “Generation X” was coined by the New York Times and Vogue. Yet again, Frazier was identifying and again featuring emerging pop talents such as Dee-Lite, Moby, Beck, Bjork, starlets-in-training Liv Tyler and Mila Jovovich in designs by new designers Alexander McQueen and Hussein Chayalan etal.

 

His most publicized stint was consulting Katie Couric on NBC’s ‘The Today Show’, He’s styled for almost every major hair-care company including campaigns for Matrix Essentials, Trevor Sorbie, Redken, L’Oreal and men’s haircare company American Crew. Mr. Frazier was also a consultant for “Dressing for Success”, a series of seminars created for Credit Suisse-First Boston as well as other corporate and entertainment entities.

 

Montgomery Frazier is considered an image pioneer who is often quoted and sourced as a lifestyle expert and commentator on media outlets including E! Entertainment Television’s ‘Style Court’, ‘The Gastineau Girls’, and ‘Hollywood Blondes’, Fashion File, ‘Inside Edition’, The Metro Channel, VH-1’s ‘The Fabulous Life’. He has been profiled in The New York Times, Vogue, Elle, The New York Observer, Money Magazine and appears often in the columns and society sections of Women’s Wear Daily, DNR, Interview, Hamptons, Quest, Gotham, Q and Avenue Magazine and has been regularly featured as a style critic for Star Magazine and In Touch Weekly and was featured in the Harper Collins’s book, Style File, The World’s Most Elegantly Dressed, by Ike Ude.

 

Mr. Frazier’s philanthropic endeavors have included serving as a Junior Committee Member for The New York City Ballet as well as co-Chairing The Contemporaries Committee for the Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art’s Biennial.

 

 

Presently, Frazier’s new company, The Guru Image Development, is an image development “think tank” for product launches and image development. Current long-term projects include a book project with literary agent, Donna Bagdasarian, Founder of Priot Entertainment Group,  Montgomery Frazier currently serves as Contributing Editor to both Zink and aRUDE Magazines, while also serving as a Brand Ambassador for the LGBTA website dot429, is the resident “Image Guru” at HonestlyNow.com where he imparts sage expert style & lifestyle advice to people across the internet.

 

There is no overstating Montgomery’s sartorial and chic quotient—by turns Eatonesque, matinée idol, the gent, the chap, the colorful and when mood permits, a humorous dash of Rock ‘n’ Roll devil-may-care style. He likes to think of himself as a gentleman of style, soul and conscience and I concur as such. Now his serial portraits and interviews commence.

 

Iké  Udé
April 30th 2013
interviews/photographs: iké udé
www.ikeude.com

 

 

 

profile:

 

 

NAME:
MONTGOMERY FRAZIER (aka, The Image Guru)

 

 

Age
53

 

 

Astrological Sign
Aries

 

 

Profession
Entertainment-lifestyle-fashion pundit

Creative Director/Stylist (often referred to as “The original stylist to the stars”).

 

 

Residence
Manhattan, New York

 

 

Favorite color
White

 

 

Favorite Fashion Designer
Jean Paul Gaultier

 

 

Favorite Shoe/Accessories Designers
Mezlan 1969, Verdura

 

 

Favorite Parfum
Gendarme

 

 

Favorite Stylish Films
Mame, Cleopatra, The Great Gatsby, Rebel Without A Cause, Moulin Rouge, Dune, Elizabeth I, Interview with the Vampire, The Madness of King George, The Duchess, Ridicule, Niagara, Funny Girl, Vertigo

 

 

Favorite Hangouts
Bistro Chat Noir, Crown, Lion,  Boom Boom Room, Plaza Athenee, The Surrey Hotel, The Mark Hotel, Le Grenouille, The Four Seasons

 

 

Favorite Place/s
New York, Paris, New Orleans, San Francisco, Island of Capri, Marrakesh, Bali, Cairo, Venice

 

 

Favorite Cocktail
Grey Goose dry martinis, very dry, very dirty, shaken not stirred, Duvel Beer, Vueve Clicquot champagne

 

 

Who is your style icon?
David Bowie, Cary Grant

 

 

What item of clothing would you rather starve for?
NOTHING…clothes are just fabric…not worth starving for…I’m way too practical about life than to be fixated with such trivial items of possession

 

 

What is your overall impression of how people dress in general?
Most people are generally uninterested in fashion and have no style whatsoever; that is unless they have a reason to be stylish or are in the public eye. I believe most people don’t care about fashion or style, they merely want to get dressed as is represented by the way people travel.  I always dress to “impress myself” nobody else! It makes me happy. I dress myself like I’m always in some kind of movie, called The Montgomery Frazier Story. lol!

 

And what do you recommend that they do otherwise?
Stay home if they’re not going to make any kind of effort to look their best; take pride in themselves and be the best that they can be. It really doesn’t take that much time or effort…look at some of the poor, for instance, in Haiti and such, they may not have much of anything, but they take pride in their appearance with whatever they do have…ALWAYS!

 

 

 

PICTURE: #1 IN NINE ACTS

SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW:
MONTGOMERY FRAZIER TALKS ABOUT HIS 1st OUTFIT

 

 

What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
Jacket by Victor & Rolf

Sweater vest by Joe Fresh
Striped shirt and neckerchief by Jean Paul Gaultier
Slacks by Lauren by Ralph Lauren
Rubber shoes by Native
Black diamond ring by David Yurman
Black and white plaid cap by San Diego Cap Company..

 

 

How did you find the various items that you are wearing?
I bought the Victor & Rolf jacket, whilst on vacation in Capri at a designer outlet shope, and the sweater vest I bought at the 81st Street and Madison Avenue in Manhattan at the Joe Fresh Boutique, whose clothes I just LOVE!!!!  The slacks I bought at the Ralph Lauren Mansion on Madison and 72nd Street. All the other items I collected throughout my life in the fashion industry, no interesting stories there. The David Yurman black diamond rign was a gift from my BFF Ben Mindich…But I only buy items of clothing that resonate with me!

 

 

How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
This wasn’t a decision, it was more like a feeling! I composed this ensemble to emulate an Eaton schoolboy look. It’s really quite that simple!  I have a “BridesHead Revisited” and ‘Great Gatsby’ fixation… hence this particular look.

 

 

Where do you normally shop for clothes and accessories?
I’ve been fortunate in my life that much has been given to me given to me by friends and loved ones, but I ADORE shopping at Bergdorf Goodman…That’s my boutique of preference. Now I’m buying a ton of brightly colored items from Joe Fresh, because I think they’re a great value for the buck!

 

 

How much role does money or the lack thereof play in one’s endeavor to dress very smart or beautifully?
A huge role…If I can’t afford something, then I don’t buy it….I’m definitely not a fashionista nor a “trendy Wendy”…..I buy items that I truly like. I don’t buy things that I don’t need!

 

 

What special recommendation would you give somebody who admires your style but don’t know where or how to start?
READ AND PAY ATTENTION TO THE FASHION MAGAZINES AND ALL THE OUTLETS AND TV SHOWS THAT SPECIALIZE IN FASHION.  There’s enough out there that nobody has the excuse to be clueless. Emulate your favorite style icons, like I did when I was younger. I was such a Bowie-file when he was ‘The Thin White Duke’ and ‘Young Americans’ era. I also grew up watching all the Hollywood movie stars like Cary Cooper, Cary Grant, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, etc…But Bowie to me, was a visionary modernist pop-icon who crossed over so many trends, while owning them all….He was the ultimate chameleon of style and fashion. In fact, he fused style and fashion, which is many times is hard to accomplish.

 

 

Name six famous personages—past or present—who you would invite over for dinner/drinks because of their impeccable individualistic elegance?
Marilyn Monroe because she was a stylish bombshell sex symbol

The Duchess of Wales-Wallis Simpson
Cole Porter
Beau Brummel
Gloria Swanson
Marie Antoinette

 

 

As a result of your style, what is your impression of how you are generally perceived in public?
I’ve been told, time and time again, that I remind people of a wealthy person of royal or noble blood from Europe.

 

 

And how would rather the public perceive you?
I like the way I’m perceived, but I also like to be perceived as grounded about what is really important in life. I like when people actually say to me…”I always thought you were a stuckup asshole, but you’re really a nice, intelligent, thoughtful kinda’ guy!” Haha!

 

 

Presently, what do you think accounts for the poor appearances in how people generally dress or don’t dress?
We live in a culture where that  “wash and wear” mentality has ruined our once pristine society where ladies wouldn’t go out of their houses without wearing hats & gloves, not track suits and Nikes! We’ve become a nation where convenience and comfort has superseded elegance and finesse and DUMB IS THE NEW SMART…. But thank God for the youth, who many are discovering the lost art of “dressing up” once again!

 

 

In retrospect have you ever worn something that you now find particularly regrettable?
Regrettable…..NO; dated…YES!  I’m pretty good about selecting items of clothing that won’t date themselves too quickly. I’m stylish, not trendy! I’d liken my style to being a “retro-futurist, with a classical twist”.

 

 

In the end, do you dress to: (a.) please others, (b.) please yourself or (c.) hopefully be in agreement with everybody?
Unequivocally and without hesitation, I dress to please MYSELF, but always with consideration to age appropriateness and occasion appropriateness, whilst always being myself, Montgomery Frazier “The Image Guru”.  End of story!

 

 

 

Where do you normally shop for clothes and accessories?
I’ve been fortunate in my life that much has been given to me given to me by friends and loved ones, but I ADORE shopping at Bergdorf Goodman…That’s my boutique of preference. Now I’m buying a ton of brightly colored items from Joe Fresh, because I think they’re a great value for the buck!

 

 

How much role does money or the lack thereof play in one’s endeavor to dress very smart or beautifully?
A huge role…If I can’t afford something, then I don’t buy it….I’m definitely not a fashionista nor a “trendy Wendy”…..I buy items that I truly like. I don’t buy things that I don’t need!

 

 

What special recommendation would you give somebody who admires your style but don’t know where or how to start?
READ AND PAY ATTENTION TO THE FASHION MAGAZINES AND ALL THE OUTLETS AND TV SHOWS THAT SPECIALIZE IN FASHION.  There’s enough out there that nobody has the excuse to be clueless. Emulate your favorite style icons, like I did when I was younger. I was such a Bowie-file when he was ‘The Thin White Duke’ and ‘Young Americans’ era. I also grew up watching all the Hollywood movie stars like Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Bette Davis, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, etc…But Bowie to me, was a visionary modernist pop-icon who crossed over so many trends, while owning them all….He was the ultimate chameleon of style and fashion. In fact, he fused style and fashion, which is many times is hard to accomplish.

 

 

Name six famous personages—past or present—who you would invite over for dinner/drinks because of their impeccable individualistic elegance?
Marilyn Monroe because she was a stylish bombshell sex symbol
The Duchess of Windsor, Wallis Simpson
Cole Porter
Beau Brummel
Gloria Swanson
Marie Antoinette.

 

 

As a result of your style, what is your impression of how you are generally perceived in public?
I’ve been told, time and time again, that I remind people of a wealthy person of royal or noble blood from Europe.

 

 

And how would rather the public perceive you?
I like the way I’m perceived, but I also like to be perceived as grounded about what is really important in life. I like when people actually say to me…”I always thought you were a stuck-up asshole, but you’re really a nice, intelligent, thoughtful kinda’ guy!” haha

 

 

Presently, what do you think accounts for the poor appearances in how people generally dress or don’t dress?
We live in a culture where that  “wash and wear” mentality has ruined our once pristine society where ladies wouldn’t go out of their houses without wearing hats & gloves, not track suits and Nikes! We’ve become a nation where convenience and comfort has superceded elegance and finesse and DUMB IS THE NEW SMART…. But thank God for the youth, who many are discovering the lost art of “dressing up” once again!

 

 

In retrospect have you ever worn something that you now find particularly regrettable?
Regrettable…..NO; dated…YES!  I’m pretty good about selecting items of clothing that won’t date themselves too quickly. I’m stylish, not trendy! I’d liken my style to being a “retro-futurist, with a classical twist”.

 

 

In the end, do you dress to: (a.) please others, (b.) please yourself or (c.) hopefully be in agreement with everybody?
Unequivocally and without hesitation, I dress to please MYSELF, but always with consideration to age appropriateness and occasion appropriateness, whilst always being myself, Montgomery Frazier “The Image Guru”.  End of story!

 

POSTSCRIPT:
Mr. Montgomery wishes to honorably acknowledge that he chose to be photographed on location, at the Lion restaurant in Manhattan. And his happy groomer was Phillip at DEX, New York City.

 

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7 Responses to special guest interview: MONTGOMERY FRAZIER talks about 1st OUTFIT: #1 in 9 acts + with introduction

  1. Ghurron Briscoe says:

    Hi The Chic Index, Your subject Montgomery Frazier exudes dashing CHARM; What an elegant sporty style! Keep us abreast! Dandy Ghurron Briscoe 2pm Tues. 4/30/2013

  2. Maggie Norris says:

    Montgomery you look so Dapper and “Beau-Brummel-ish”, Love your Style!

    XOXO
    Maggie

  3. Dex Phillip says:

    As always, Montgomery for me is the leading man of style. His everyday dress is of no pretense. He wears what he wants, when he wants, and who he wants (LOL). And I can say, I’ve had the opportunity to see him both dressed up and down. Either way, his dress is always impeccable and effortless. I think both women and men should take note to his philosophy on style, cause the man has it down right!!!!!

  4. I love these exposes into deep chic and Montgomery has got that down with a serious slice of soul and consciousness. A rare, wondrous bird who set himself free with highly original classic inspirations with a hilarity that is part of his astonishing shocking self!

  5. jean Shafiroff says:

    Montgomery is always perfectly turned out. He has a true understanding of style. I adore this look!

  6. Ghurron Briscoe says:

    Evening the Chic Index, It’s Dandy Ghurron Briscoe; Montgomery Frazier is patience as a left handed brew of herbal tea with youth & charm! -11pm Wednesday 10/2013

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