My Style: Alex Bilmes

  • December 11th, 2011  | 
  • Posted in My Style


Photo: courtesy of Alex Bilmes

Q: The most stylish person you have ever met…

Gay Talese. I met him in New York. He’s every bit as dapper as advertised.

Q: What is the biggest mistake one can make when getting dressed?

Pants on last.

Q: Do you believe in role models?

I believe they exist.

Q: What are your favourite fabrics?

Cotton, wool, tweed, corduroy, denim, leather, but not necessarily in that order.

Q: Are there any style combinations that you object to?

Skirts worn over trousers.

Q: Which city has the best-dressed men?


Q: Would you say that you are conservative or bold?

Boldly conservative.

Q: Celebrities and style…

Are not mutually exclusive.

Q: One garment/accessory that you can never have enough of?


Q: Who taught you what you know about style?

“Top of the Pops.”

Q: How do you select your clothing every morning?

I tend to base my choices on cleanliness.

Q: Do you have any shopping rituals?


Q: We will never see you wearing…

A hat.

Q: What is the first thing you notice on a man?


Q: Which new designers do you follow and why?

Christopher Shannon is a terrific, young British designer.

Q: The only article of clothing that a man needs to pay close attention to is…

He should pay close attention to all articles of clothing.

Q: What are the most treasured items in your wardrobe?

Bespoke Prince of Wales check, double-breasted suit from Gieves & Hawkes; bespoke charcoal, single-breasted suit from Richard James; bespoke navy suits from Kilgour and Rake; pinstripe suit from Dolce & Gabbana; old grey flannel suit from Kilgour; made-to-measure lightweight summer blazer from Zegna; double-breasted, light blue blazer from Piombo; tweed weekend jacket with elbow patches from Hackett; slim-fit, light grey summer suit from Burberry Brit; made-to-measure shirts from Ralph Lauren Purple Label and Thomas Pink; John Lobb and Tricker’s shoes; ties from Drakes and E. Tautz; pocket hankies from Gieves; cufflinks from Richard James; jeans from A.P.C.; T-shirts from Sunspel; casual shirts, trousers, etc. from a label called Norse Projects and from J. Crew; summer sneakers from Superga; winter boots from Red Wings; sunglasses from Persol; trunks from Orlebar Brown; polos from Lacoste and Ralph Lauren Polo. I treasure them all.

Q: Is comfort an enemy of style?

Absolutely not.

Q: Which designer never fails to impress you?

Alexander McQueen.

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