PICTURE: #1 IN SEVEN ACTS
The writer, Peter Davis, editor-in-chief of AVENUE, is truly the suave and urbane type of dandy. Blessed with an exquisite temperament and good nature, he is always imaginatively and sartorially well appointed over the long, long period of time we’ve known each other.
In the course of the next seven days you will experience first-hand, Peter’s gift for style and how he goes about it. He is the July/August special Marquee feature of a single individual of extraordinary sartorial note. Style must be a constant; being occasionally stylish is false. Thankfully, Peter isn’t AT ALL guilty as such.
NAME: PETER DAVIS
Writer. Editor-in-Chief, AVENUE
Favorite Fashion Designer:
Favorite Shoe/Accessories Designer:
Cast of Vices
Helmut Lang cologne (very old). It smells like a fresh haircut at a barber’s shop that I’ve had 3 bottles of for 7 years.
Favorite Stylish Film:
Valley of the Dolls.
The Lobster Inn in Southampton, NY
Tokyo, London, Hawaii.
Anything that tastes like candy, like a frozen Pina Colada.
Who is your style icon?
A few – Fred Hughes, Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse, Daphne Guinness.
What item of clothing would you rather starve for?
I’m willing to starve for almost any piece of clothing, especially a skinny Mod suit.
What is your overall impression of how people dress in general?
I think New York has great style, especially with the kids who hang out in Brooklyn and the Lower East Side. Of course, when riding the subway, you see some of the most horrible outfits ever, like Lycra shorts.
And what do you recommend that they do otherwise?
People should dress to makes themselves happy, not please others.
PICTURE #1 IN SEVEN ACT
SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW: PETER DAVIS TALKS ABOUT HIS 1st OUTFIT
What items did you use to compose this particular outfit?
This is a navy blue suit by my tailor Timothy Everest who has a beautiful studio in London and is Savile Row with a twist. He is a master tailor and a great guy. The tie is by Hermes. The bright pink pocket square is by Charvet who make the best bow ties, regular ties and pocket squares. The shoes are by Marc Jacobs and have neon pink piping. The look is London banker with an edge – the Marc Jacobs shoes would probably turn a few heads at the office of any hedge fund.
How did you find the various items that you are wearing?
The suit I had made for me in London. The tie I bought in Paris at Hermes and I also bought the pink handkerchief at Charvet in Paris. The shoes I found at the Marc Jacobs store on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles because they were sold out in New York and I was luckily going to LA the next day.
How did you arrive at the decision to compose such an outfit?
I like mixing styles. This is a pretty serious, safe look for me, but the shoes show that I am actually not that serious a person.
Where do you normally shop for clothes and accessories?
My favorite stores around the world are Bergdorf Goodman in New York, Colette in Paris, Browns in London and Beams in Tokyo. I could live and go broke in any of those places.
How much role does money or the lack thereof play in one’s endeavor to dress very smart or beautifully?
One can dress well with very little money. Nothing is chicer than a black tee shirt, a pair of Levis jeans and espadrilles – and that is not an expensive look. There are tons of rich people with tons of money who dress horribly.
What special recommendation would give somebody who admires your style but don’t know where or how to start?
Go to flea markets and thrift stores – that is where you find stuff that no one else will have. I loathe logos and labels, so stay away from them because they shout out: I want to be accepted and fit in so I have this logo as a symbol of being part of the mainstream – how boring.
If one were—looking at your picture— to say, “I wish can dress like you?”
I’d say thank you! I am always shy about compliments, but of course everyone loves to hear them.
As a result of your style, what is your impression of how you are generally perceived in public?
I think people assume I think a lot about how I look and though I love clothes, it takes me about 5 minutes to get dressed. I have very specific taste and never am on the fence about whether I like something or not.
And how would rather the public perceive you?
As a nice guy which is what I strive to be. I always say being nice to everyone no matter who they are makes life so much easier and a lot more fun.
Presently, what do you think accounts for the poor appearances in how people generally dress or don’t dress?
People follow too many trends that come and go so quickly. I love style icons with a uniform-like signature style – like Diana Vreeland with her red lipstick or Daphne Guinness’ striped hair or Mark Ronson’s pompadour. Find something that makes you look good and stick with it.
Photography/interview: Iké Udé