PICTURE: #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.
iké Udé/ May 31st
NAME: PATRICK McDONALD
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!
PICTURE #1 IN FIVE ACTS
SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW: PATRICK McDONALD
TALKS ABOUT HIS 1ST OUTFIT
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