Mickey Boardman is amusing, cultured, deeply aesthete, super friendly… and CRAZY! He congregates ( or aggregates ;) ) everything this blog admires and appreciates. His style has been described as "alcoholic housewife,"and he is certainly a flashy guy. Besides being Paper Magazine's most famous columnist and a VH1's "The Fabulous Life Of" observer , Mickey is a globe trotter, a party boy, and a "monarchist freak". He loves what he does and we love him!
Mickey is all about Good vibes!
This is his EXCLUSIVE interview to Scala Regia:Mickey with Mike Nouveau and Jennifer SampleYou told me that you have been to Portugal sometime ago. Where have you been? Did you like?
I've been to Lisbon three or four times, Sintra, Porto and Braga. When I first went to Lisbon in 1986 I was only interested in the beach and spent every day at Cascais and then going out at night. When I went back 10 years ago I was much more interested in the historical beauty of Lisbon and went to Queluz and museums.
Sintra I die for because it's so picturesque and Palacio da Pena is part fairy tale castle part cartoon craziness. I love it.
I spent 10 days including New Year's Eve in Porto 7 or 8 years ago (I'm terrible with remembering time) and thought it was one of the most amazing places I've ever been.
Mumbai has the energy of New York and Hollywood together and I really love all things Indian. The men! Gorgeous!! I've never been anyplace that's better for vegetarians and animal lovers (I wear no animal products, no fur, no leather etc). Yes Mumbai is crazy and a chaotic but the people are amazing and the city just works. It feels like the future much more than Beijing.
I could also live in LA, Paris, St Petersburg, Seville or Istanbul. I love how Turkey straddles Europe and the muslim world. Riding across Galata Bridge with the Suleyman Mosque in front of you at sunset is unbelievable. And they understand hospitality!!!
City or Country?
Going Drunk with Drew Elliott and Petey Pig
At a Marc Jacob's Party
What are your favourite places around the world?
Chicago. I was born there and it's really the best city in America in terms of architecture, design and public art. The people are so great and it has everything you want in a big city but with none of the attitude!
Sicily. I spent 10 days just driving around Sicily with a friend and fell in love with it. The ruins are the best I've ever seen. The food is orgasmic. We were driving to Piazza Armerina down a dirt road and ended up in the middle of a herd of sheep with the sexiest shepherd I've ever seen. It was like a scene from a beautiful movie. If only the shepherd had fallen in love with me!! Also Palermo and Catania are filled with faded grandeur which is really my favorite favorite look. I'm not so into something that's pristinely restored. I like it a little worn around the edges. Noto is pretty special too.
St Petersburg. Soooo beautiful and such a paradise for a monarchist freak like me. I went on a Nicholas and Alexandra tour there and visited archives and palaces that aren't open to the public. Hello!!! The Vladimir Palace. That's glamour!!!
I also love a house museum anyplace. Some rich old nut and art collector who's house is preserved as it was when the owner was alive. The house of the Condesa de Lebrija in Seville, Palazzo Mirto in Palermo, the Nissim de Camondo in Paris. The Frick in New York.
The Frick Collection, New York
How would it be your perfect, fetish world?
Who are your favorite characters in history?
I like everything to be fun.
The quality you most appreciate in a man?
How do you think fashion should be?
With Azzedine Alaïa...
Fashion should always be fun and make you feel fabulous. Why wear something you don't think is exciting? It's not about money it's about feeling gorgeous.
Black tie or smart jeans?
Black tie with a sequined vest.
Who are your dead fashion icons?
And the living ones?
How to be posh?
How would you like to die?
Laird Borrelli, Nadine Johnson and Peter Davis With Mr. Greenberg
With Friends Rasmus Michau and Jacob Brown
Diogo Mayo, Scala Regia, 2009