My Style: Alexis Mabille

Portrait of fashion designer Alexis Mabille

Photo: Courtesy of Alexis Mabille

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

Wearing leather shoes without socks, if you are a man.

Please describe your style in three words.

Frivolity, happiness, elegance.

Do you believe in role models?

Yes, if the there is a tangible fit or chemistry between the designer and muse!

What are your favourite fabrics?

Silk crêpe.

Are there any style combinations that you object to?

No, we have to be free.

Which city has the best-dressed men?

For me, it’s London.

Would you say that you are conservative or bold?

Bold.

What are the rules, if any, in the way you dress?

It's very instinctive. I just pick through my wardrobe everyday as if it was already written in my mind. I love to mix daywear with evening pieces.

Celebrities and style...

Is like a dangerous game.

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

Belts to match or contrast with all my looks.

A man should always look like...

A movie star.

Who taught you what you know about style?

Myself.

How do you select your clothing every morning?

Very quickly! I just take what I think is good and wear it. I'm very fast.

What is your biggest regret?

I never have regrets.

The three essential things a man should know about style are...

How to match colours. Never be shy of wearing accessories. Know your taste and look.

Do you have any shopping rituals?

No, it is messy. I love to discover new things even in strange boutiques.

We will never see you wearing...

A hip-hop look.

The most stylish person you have ever seen...

Francois Halard.

What is the first thing you notice on a man?

After his eyes, the refinement or lack there of regarding his clothes.

The one image that defined your approach to style...

That of Gatsby.

Which new designers do you follow and why?

From men's designers, I love Thom Browne.

The only article of clothing that a man needs to pay close attention to is...

A cardigan.

What are the most treasured items in your wardrobe?

An old pink pashmina from the 19th century I bought in Jaipur.

Is comfort an enemy of style?

No, style has to be comfortable too.

Which designer never fails to impress you?

Alexander McQueen.

Who would you like to see next in €œMy Style€?

Ewan McGregor.

The best words of advice you have ever heard?

Be yourself.

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