+  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 talks about his 4th outfit. #4 in five acts





What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
Starting from the top, my gray hat, by Rod Keenan (a gift by Rod for my birthday and is very special to me).  The dove gray faille jacket and black trousers are by one of my favorites, Christian Lacroix. The shirt and tie are by the  Saville Row designer Richard James and the vibrant blue suede wing tips are by Paul Smith.

How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
I decide what I am going to wear when I wake up in the morning. It depends on my mood, weather and where I am going. I am a blank canvas ready for me to paint.

Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
I always plan in my head, sometimes in a moment and sometimes a month in advance.

In a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit?
I do not believe in ratings, it’s all in the eye of the beholder. I usually like what I see, I created it and it makes me happy and I hope it will have the same effect on others.  If not I can always take it off.

What roles does color, fit and material play in this particular outfit?
A great deal, as you see.

How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
Maybe never, maybe the next day, if clean…. it depends if I feel the same way the next day, that’s rare.  My creativity is always changing; I always have a new idea!

Personally, I believe in sartorial therapy—in the sense that there is a spiritual, an emotional, intellectual or a psychological aspect to what/how we dress. What is your personal experience in relation to this outfit?
It’s emotional, I find Christian Lacroix a genius, and his use of fabrics, colors and textures excites me on an emotional level.  I am wearing a piece of art created by a master when I wear his clothes.  The rest of this ensemble is a showcase to this jacket. Each piece is equally important in creating the overall look.

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One Response to special guest/PATRICK McDONALD talks about his 4th outfit. #4 in five acts

  1. Tim says:

    Very Spring with the pops of sunshine yellow..Reminds me of a day in Paris with the bright Blue and Yellow!

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