IWTB Interview: Richard James
By Heather Dunhill
Crisp, fresh, and direct with a point is how I would concisely describe the blogging style of I Want To Be An Alt contributing editor Richard James, here at IWTBAA, Illustrious-Past.tumblr.com, and Monsieur, R. “Outside of blogging, my job is to be fabulous 24/7.” It’s clear that Richard puts this sentiment to task — he’s a modern man who has his finger unerringly on the pulse of not only what the stylish male is up to, but what's hot this second for the fashionable femme.
I’m particularly fond of his ability to nod at the past while embracing what’s present, leaning into the future with thoughts on everything from music to fine art to fashion. “Knowledge is power in my opinion and will get you far…” With that, here’s more on the England-based acolyte Richard James.
Tell us which designer you’re obsessed with…
I've always been obsessed with Alexander McQueen... not the brand, but the person, Lee. I've found him to be likable, relatable, and I consider him an icon and an idol. I can't really pinpoint a specific thing about him that I like; it's the whole package, he'd be on my list for a fantasy dinner party.
A designer I'm obsessed with regarding clothing would be Tom Ford, I find his opinion on women and sexuality to be an endearing quality to the brand because I think sex is a big thing that sells an item. If you don't feel your best and if you don't feel sexy then the point of the piece of clothing is redundant.
Which three runway shows are a must-see on your Fashion Week list?
Three shows? That's a hard one. Prada… because, well, it's Miuccia — you can't not; in fact I rushed home the other day to catch the live stream. Balmain and Gucci are two others, I mainly love to watch the shows for the atmosphere and the music, like at Gucci this season I loved the song "2020" by Suuns.
If you had a blank check in hand, what would you run out and purchase right now?
One thing? Céline luggage in either whole black or the blue with black handles they're doing for A/W 2013. If it were a few items, I would also buy the new Saint Laurent Bomber Jacket with leather sleeves as well as a large portion of this season’s Lanvin. In addition to a selection of the Balmain biker jeans/trousers/leather trousers and some Saint Laurent skinny trousers from womenswear.
Going back in time, if you could pull clothes from your favorite era, which would it be? And, whose closet would you raid?
Not necessarily an era but I loved Sean Connery's outfits in the Bond films, he's the ultimate style icon and sex symbol, non?! I would also raid Kate Moss' closet, in fact I'd live in her closet(s), I always like to interpret her choices for myself as a guy.
Is there a song that always gets you on the dance floor?
“We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off” by Jermaine Stewart. I'm a sucker for that period of time in music particularly, being a 90s kid I also love cheesy music like the Spice Girls, Destiny's Child... the stuff with real rhythm.
What are you currently inspired by?
Nothing particular, I always get inspired by music especially classical music. I'm a huge fan of Michael Nyman, Philip Glass, and Alexandre Desplat which are regular features on my iPhone. I'm always inspired by old Hollywood actresses, you know, the ones that set the bar high in terms of their performances and their matching attitudes. I think that is always an endearing quality in a woman, an attitude, such as Liz Taylor.
What’s your hangover cure?
I always make sure I eat something before I go out partying so I don't feel the brunt of it the next morning and it always works, I've never had a hangover.
What’s your current social media addiction?
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