He originally moved out of this hometown to get his graduate’s degree at Brown University – with a full scholarship – and began his career interning at The Metropolitan’s Costume Institute, where he caught the eye of – and later became close to – the pioneer Vogue Editor-in-Chief, Diana Vreeland. He later worked for both Andy Warhol and his now sadly defunct Interview Magazine, where he would party up every night at Studio 54. In the Rive Gauche era, he moved to Paris and met and rapidly became friends with designers: Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld and Azzedine Alaïa, among many others. He would finally return to The Big Apple to work for Vogue and ended up writing cover stories for the likes of Michelle Obama and even Melania Trump.
We met him at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel – we would expect nothing less from him – one sunny afternoon in Barcelona. He is wearing one of his regal caftans while fanning himself every few seconds, and often using the object itself to further gesticulate and bring life to his grand, legendary stories. We discuss bits and pieces from the documentary based on his life as well as his views on the current state of fashion. In this interview, you will sense his charm, sharpness and joie de vivre – which he would say in an immaculate French accent – that seeps from his words. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy!