"When I go out, I like going to pubs and bars...places I can just be with my mates. I went bowling last night, actually. I go twice a week to the Gutter—my friends and I have a league. We're called the Four Forty Fives, because we meet at 4:45 and that's when we start drinking. [Laughs] Or we'll go listen to music. There are some really good gigs at the Good Room, which is in Greenpoint. It's casual. I don't often go to big events, but tonight's the Dior Poison Girl party, so I'm getting dressed up.
I'm very old-school with what I wear—I don't do oversized, boyfriend stuff. I like something that's fitted, not too revealing, maybe showing a bit of shoulder... Always dresses, always heels. Even just to go to the shops or supermarket, you'll never see me in a tracksuit bottom. [Laughs] There's no word for how much I love velvet, it's literally like walking in a cloud. I'm really into touch and texture. I like those soft feels.
Makeup-wise, I usually do this dot underneath my eye. I just like it, it's very '60s. I was on a Vogue shoot with Pat [McGrath] and Guido, and Pat was like, 'How do you normally do your makeup?' And I showed her the dot, and she's like, 'Why don't we do that?' Pat is amazing, she's so creative but she collaborates. And Steven [Meisel] was great too. He loves to bowl too, he takes Pat and Guido bowling! Anyway, I use a felt-tip eyeliner always—Pat gave me hers, which is great, because it's thin on one end and thick on the other. But it's always a felt tip. The more I think about it, the more I fuck it up. What you have to do is just naturally [flicking noise] and get it over with.
Or I won't do an eye and I'll do a really, really red lip instead. Tonight it's Dior Trafalgar with the Everdior gloss over top. Sometimes I'll wear a brown. I have a bunch of Burberry Kisses browns, and they stay. I have big lips, and I don't want to overwhelm people. If it's too much, it's like, 'Ahh!' It's a playful thing for me. I don't wear makeup to enhance my features or anything, I just put it on because I like to paint [my face] and add color. My best friend Francis is a makeup artist, he's got Kryolan and everything, and we'll stay in and play around with the whole New Romantic-Leigh Bowery look. I think in places like New York, being conventionally pretty or good-looking is obsolete. I think people are rising above that, and it's more about personality and creativity. Ugly is actually beautiful. I really like that.
I tend not to touch my hair because it ends up getting too frizzy. I used to have it up all of the time, but I've been letting it down recently. Sometimes, though, the friction against my clothes makes it go frizzy. And I wash it twice a week. It's important I don't wash it too much. I love buying new shampoos and stuff like that, and I just bought these strange Polish hair products called Eva Natura. I have no clue what's in them, but they look really natural. I've been using the Birch Tar Shampoo and it stinks! Literally, my hair smells like tarmac. I thoroughly regret having bought it, but I still use it, because it's good for my hair. It was at a deli in my neighborhood, so I bought it. I'm very curious about things. I think that's the key to happiness—you've got to be insatiably curious, every day."
—as told to ITG