Each time I (Digitalista K) saw you at a Fashion Week I was wondering: who is that man. You always wear luxurious cowboyish outfits (Galliano, Cavalli, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana…as flamboyant as possible) which draws the attention of streetstyle bloggers and fashion photographers who gather around you like a swarm of bees because they want to take your picture. But there is still this aura of mystery around you…
And then, last year Digitalista M. and I ran into you at the Hospital Club in London. We had a little chat, but the aura of mystery remained intact. As true journalists we tried to find out what your interest in fashion is, but you kept talking about NBA basketball (We are girls, we don’t take interest in basketball. Only basketball players if they’re cute). You said that the most you like about fashion are the parties (agree with that though…), and yet, that did not quite answer our question.
A little research points out that you definitely have other passions besides basketball. Let’s be honest, you are a wealthy man, who seems to enjoy the sight of beautiful women (you used to date Jayne Mansfield). And fashion is all about dressing up, beautiful people and parties. And there has to be something to balance the sweaty guys shooting hoops, right?
You even like fashion that much that you, and your house, featured in the Forrest & Bob S/S ’10 campaign. Architecture is another one of your interests. Your architectural residence, built by John Lautner, is a construction of concrete triangles and clear glass with a panoramic view, and made appearances in several movies; The Big Lebowski and Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.
One of your legendary quotes is: “My business cards say FASHION ARCHITECTURE BASKETBALL. When people ask me what I do, they’re usually trying to ask how I made my money, not what my job is. In my mind, what I do is those three things.” And that brings us back to fashion again. You told Interview magazine that your love for fashion grew after attending shows from Jean Paul Gaultier back in the 80’s. And from then on you started crashing fashionshows. Well, at first a friend of yours gave you invitations, but then everyone started to recognize you, and now you can attend each show without an invitation.
See, that’s what we wanted to know from you. We don’t care about your wealth and how you got it. We just wanted to become friends to crash fashion shows together! And share our love for fashion. And maybe you could introduce us to some of your (goodlooking) basketball friends?
The Digitalistas (your new BFF’s)