+  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/PETER DAVIS: talks about his 2nd outfit. #2 in seven acts





What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
The polo shirt with neon, acid green trim is by Tomas Maier. I found it last summer at his store on the way to Easthampton. The straw hat is by Stussy and the pair of Ron Herman black pants I splattered with with gesso paint a la Jackson Pollock and a pair of Stubbs and Wootton espadrilles that I bought already paint splattered. Any of my rope bracelets are by Burkman Brothers and Miansai.

How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
I was going to get rid of the Ron Herman black pants because they were a bit ratty at the cuffs, but then decided it would be fun to splatter them with paint. I was a painting major in college and all my khaki pants used to be covered in oil paint from the studio. Then I realized it would be fun to match them with the shoes.

Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
Very spontaneously! I always have something black lying around as black goes with anything.

In a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit?
I don’t want to sound conceited but a 9 I guess. It’s a pretty fun look and people always comment on the pants—especially anyone with hip hop style which I take as a huge compliment.

What roles do color, the fit and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
The whole outfit is about matching the wild pants with the shoes.

How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I wouldn’t wear it to two parties in one week, but I would wear these pants and shoes together whenever I felt like I wanted to look a little madcap.

Personally, I firmly believe that there is a spiritual, emotional, intellectual or psychological aspect to what/how we dress. What is your personal experience in relation to this outfit?
This outfit is very personal because it reminds me of my days as an art student and college really is one of the most fun times in life.

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