+  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/PATRICK McDONALD: dandy of New York. #1 in five acts


The renowned New York dandy, Patrick McDonald, is an institution onto himself; governed by his own peculiar artistic temperament. We’ve been excellent friends for eons. And in the course of the next five days, you will witness him,  exquisitely dressed, each day in an entirely different ensemble. He marks the first in a series of once-a-month Marquee feature of a single individual of extraordinary sartorial note. After each of this specials, we resume our standard program of exciting and varied stylish individuals. In the course of five days, you will experience first-hand, Patrick’s gift for Sartorial fireworks and fluency. You will also learn from Patrick that there is more to style than meets the eye. Beyond self-expression, style is the ultimate declaration of an individual’s sovereignty.

Thank you,

iké Udé/ May 31st




Age: 55


Astrological Sign: Taurus


Profession: The Dandy of New York

Residence: East Village, New York City


Favorite colors: Purple, Crimson, Mustard


Favorite Fashion Designers: Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood and Jean Paul Gaultier


Favorite Shoe/Accessories Designer: Pierre Hardy, Paul Smith, Pierre Cortez (for shoes); Kimberly McDonald (for accessories)

Favorite Parfum: Le Dandy by d’Orsay, Rive Gauche by YSL


Favorite Stylish Film: Cabaret (starring Liza Minnelli and Marisa Berenson and Michael York); Top Hat (starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers)


Favorite Hangout: In New York, Live Café and Indochine; Café de Flore when in Paris


Favorite Place/s: New York, Paris, Istanbul, San Francisco


Favorite Cocktail: Club Soda


Who is your style icon? Salvador Dali

What item of clothing would you rather starve for? I would not starve for anything. That said, I might go on a diet for a new hat!


What is your overall impression of how people dress in general? Poorly without concern—it is shame!



And what do you recommend that they do otherwise? Look in the mirror and think about it!



What items did you use to compose this particular outfit? Always starting from the top: perched on my head is a pale green bowler with a vintage-dyed-to-match feather by New York milliner, Rod Keenan.  The whole ensemble is by the English designer, Paul Smith that includes a plaid-jacket with skinny blue pants, gingham shirt with matching tie and tassel-loafers in cognac.


How did you find the various items that you are wearing? I find things everywhere and all over the world.  From designer boutiques, flea markets and resale stores I find my treasures, I love the hunt!


How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit? I felt in the mood for something vibrant in color to offset the softness/color of the celadon hat. And the rest or the overall ensemble is a little bit like the horse of different color in Wizard of Oz. My gift for dressing in a particularly individualistic way dates from childhood.


Where do you normally shop for clothes and accessories? There are no boundaries to where I shop.


How much role does money or the lack thereof play in one’s endeavor to dress very smart or beautifully? Style has no price!



What special recommendation would give somebody who admires your style but don’t know where or how to start? Start with your dreams and imagination and create your style or  look with what makes you happy! Never be a follower.


If one were to say, looking at your picture, “I wish can dress like Patrick?” What are they saying in effect? They are saying that they’re afraid.


What is your impression of how you are generally perceived in public? Outlandish but isn’t that normal?



And how would you rather be perceived by the public? Just the way they do. They are entitled to their opinion as I am entitled to look the way I look. We all march to a different drumbeat!

Presently, what do you think accounts for the poor appearances in how people generally dress or don’t dress? Lack of self-respect and respect for others!

Interview/Photography: Iké Udé



Posted in Patrick McDonald, Special Guest, Uncategorized | 12 Comments

12 Responses to special guest/PATRICK McDONALD: dandy of New York. #1 in five acts

  1. Grace Edwards says:

    Bravo! I consider Patrick an inspiration for timeless fashion. He is a true New York icon and the most gorgeous man !

  2. ghurron briscoe says:

    He’s absolutely Dandy! -Dandy ghurron

  3. Rosina says:

    No one comes close to Patrick — not for his sense of courageous style but also for his genuine gentility and old-world class.

  4. Rena Marie says:

    Werk! Patrick always looks so polished and debonair while being edgy and innovative with his style. He makes his style look effortless, which is a true gift because it comes from within. Bravo Patrick and Continue to ” Wow the World” with your impeccable style! 😉

  5. Timeless CHIC!!!!
    Love it!!!!

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