+  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 5th outfit. #5 in seven acts




What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
The tortoise sunglasses are from Lanvin in Paris – I love how over-sized they are. The shirt is Thom Browne and has a subtle dot pattern of little knots all over. The black tie jacket is Michael Bastian. The pants are black Acne jeans. The leopard bow tie is by Mauvais Garcons, a great new label. The leopard slippers are from Belgian Shoes. The Rolex was an old stainless steel GMT-Master that a friend of mine, a young, very talented jewelry designer friend named Shayan Afshar in Los Angeles, transformed with PVC coated black paint. Tah-dah: a new watch!

How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
I love the Michael Bastian evening jacket – the blue plaid is a little 1950s and I wear black tie jackets with everything from jeans to cut off shorts. I prefer mixing high fashion, like the Bastian jacket with street fashion, like the Acne jeans.

Did you compose this outfit spontaneously or was it planned ahead of time?
It took under a minute to put together.

In a scale of 10, how pleased are you with this composition/outfit?
A 10 for Michael Bastian – the closest off the rack designer to a Savile Row tailor. His clothes always fit like a glove.

What roles do color, the fit and integrity of fabric play in this particular outfit?
The blue plaid of this look is retro-modern: old school but in a very fresh way. And the subtle knots on the Thom Browne shirt give a plain white shirt some unexpected texture.

How soon would you repeat/wear this same outfit again?
I wear black tie jackets almost every day from a rowdy dance party at Westway to a charity benefit to the supermarket.

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?
I love everything Michael Bastian makes and I am always happy in his clothes, as he is also a friend and one of the nicest guys in fashion, an industry that is sometimes swarming with some not-so-friendly people. He is a true star in every way.

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