I arrived in a city I love today - New York. I'm staying at one of the trendiest design hotels, the Mondrian in SoHo. The above picture shows their garden room, an enchanted eatery with icy chandeliers and blue trees, inspired by Jean Cocteau's La Belle et La Bête.
The last time I was in New York, I was photographed and put on the front of Vogue magazine:
I always somehow bump into the very sexy Naked Cowboy when I'm in town. For me, he's a New York institution and no trip is complete without chatting to him. Robert John Burck, better known as the Naked Cowboy, is a street performer whose pitch is on New York City's Times Square. He wears only cowboy boots, a hat, and briefs, with a guitar strategically placed to give the illusion of nudity.
I also love the boutiques and independent eateries in the Meatpacking District. This is a historic area which had almost 200 slaughterhouses in the 1900s, but has been gentrified over the years. Much of the darkly atmospheric Cruising, starring the gorgeous Al Pacino and delving into the 1970s gay leather underworld, was shot here, and the district is still an epi-centre of gay life. I particularly frequent the area around the Hotel Gansevoort.
It is at this point that I buy some alternative jewellery, to wear out. I call these my "conversation pieces" because they inevitably start tongues wagging.
and something to hide behind, a divine creation I usually wear when entering an exclusive restaurant:
This is my new dress, although some would call it lingerie. I love to wear this type of garment. Why should you wear anything more when you're going out to dine, socialise and dance?
Have a listen to this:
Ryan Star - Breathe
and the haunting, We Might Fall, taken from one of my favourite music albums of all time, the 2006 release of Songs from the Eye of an Elephant.
Ryan Star - We Might Fall