Friday, August 31, 2012
This interview with Taki Theodoracopulos was conducted in Zurich, Switzerland by Nicola Linza and Cristoffer Neljesjo during July 2012.
Interview with Taki Theodoracopulos
What to you actually defines luxury?
I define luxury as not having to run away from myself, wherever I may be. As I loathe the modern world and the rich vulgarians who now inhabit my old haunts in France, Long Island and the Swiss Alps, I try not to escape from the life I have always lived. Seeing interesting friends, competing in sport, and being in warm and pleasant surroundings such as a sailing boat, a chalet or an apartment near Central Park in New York.
How do you spend your leisure time?
I spend my leisure time reading the newspapers, my history books, and training for judo and karate. I also go out with friends, drink good wine and get very drunk three times a week.
What is your view of once truly exclusive high-end brands who have now decided to flood their sites and push their goods via mass-social media?
I'm appalled to read that high end brands now sell themselves on social media, but as I do not possess any social media gizmos, I was unaware of it. I am not on Facebook, do not Twitter, can only receive and send e-mails due to my writing jobs, and do not possess a mobile phone except when at sea.
If you could have your portrait done by any artist, living or deceased, whom would it be?
As a portraitist I would choose Kees van Dongen, or even Edward Hopper, who did not specialize in that particular art.
It is 1970, and we're meeting up at a party Luchino Visconti is having in Rome. What are you wearing? In addition, whom do we want to meet?
Chez Luchino Visconti in Rome circa 1970 I'd wear an Anderson & Sheppard off white linen suit with a light blue poplin shirt by Battistoni and a striped yellow and blue tie. Reddish brown brogues by Lobb.
The guests I'd look for would be the academician Michel Deon, the actresses Dominique Sanda and Stephania Sandrelli, Gore Vidal, Prince Dado Ruspoli, the actor Louis Jourdan and the tennis player Gottfried von Cramm.
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