Philip Treacy is one of the most prolific, creative and imaginative designers that our present world of fashion has ever produced. While his responses may be brief they are none the less quite potent in their content.
Mr. Treacy will always be remembered for his longtime friendship with Isabella Blow and perhaps it is she who catapulted him into the white hot light of fashion. He has endured far longer than most designers and he is still very much the go to resource for some of the greatest designers of our era. Mr. Treacy stands alone in this arena of fashion and one of the very few who can proudly be referred to as “trendless!”
My oft used phrase of “designers who design” is possibly more applicable here with him than with 95% of the population who inhabit this milieu. He is above all a createur with boundless imagination and infinite capabilities. He has created the millinery needs of some of the world’s greatest luminaries whether they be the English royals or the royals of the music business.
While you may not have known his name, you have surely seen his mastery on display in countless magazines and on the heads of the cognoscenti of fashion. Words of praise fall short in properly describing the prodigious output of this man. He is one of the very very few who one might call truly deem as a fashion genius!
My advice is to listen up to what he has to say and to revel in the beauty that belongs to Philip Treacy.
JF--What is the most treasured possession in your wardrobe?
PT-My Alexander McQueen suits, he gave me.
JF-What is your most sterling trait and what trait do you treasure most in your friendships? Loyalty
JF-What is your bliss?
JF-What is your guilty secret?
PT-I think about new hats all day long
JF-Where is your ideal home?
PT-London, it’s a fantasy.
JF-What do you wear to bed?
JF-What’s your advice to the “newcomer?”
JF-Who or what is your inspiration/style icon?
JF-What is the best advice you ever received?
JF-In 3 words or less, describe the current state of fashion.
PT-Trendless, open, marketing
14-If you were a retailer; would you wear your own designs or shop in your own store?
or where would you shop?
JF-If you won a $200,000,000 power ball (lottery), what is the first thing you would buy or do?
PT-Plants. I love gardening
JF-If you could invite up to 4 people for dinner, who would they be…dead or alive?
Marilyn PT-Monroe and Michael Jackson
JF-What is your favorite movie /or movie star?
PT-Legend / Tom Cruise
JF-Whose opinion do you value most and why?
PT-The people I work with, I trust them
JF-What’s your take on magazines, books versus the internet?
PT-It’s all legible
JF-Do you have a dream collaborator?
JF-What is your crowning achievement thus far in your career?
PT-Surviving as a hat designer in the 21st century
JF-What’s your music library like?
JF-What and where is your favorite meal?
PT-Anything my partner Stefan cooks