You give great advice to people in your long-running column “Ask Mr. Mickey.” What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
It’s cliche, but the best advice is to ‘be yourself’. By the time you get to be my age (45), you realize that you can’t change who you are and there’s no use being unhappy about it, so you should just embrace it. The advice I always give is to be nice to everybody. Nobody likes an asshole, and someday your behavior comes back to you.
You’re quite well known for your sense of style, particularly your signature bold neckware and Lacoste Polo shirts. Which is your most prized necklace and how many Polos do you own?
I think I have about 60 Lacoste shirts. I have about 15 navy blue ones and frankly I would wear navy blue every day if I had my way. I love a uniform and I love American sportswear shapes like a polo shirt. Lacoste being French and a fashion classic is a nice bonus. I have hundreds of necklaces and my favorites these days are by Ranjana Khan. They were gifts from my friend Ikram Goldman and gifts are always my most treasured fashion possesions. I also have 3 or 4 Lanvin necklaces that are super spectacular and a lot of necklaces by Dana Lorenz for Fenton that really mean a lot to me.
Is there anything you would never be caught dead wearing?
I’m a little bit lazy. In the old days I would wear sequins every day year round. I need to get back in that swing. But no matter how lazy I get, I don’t think I could ever wear sweat pants or Crocs. Although I love a challenge and I’m sure I could make a cute look with those items.
Lacoste Polos and necklaces aside, are you an avid collector of anything else? I noticed quite a few British Royalty themed items on your desk.
I’m a big collector of all sorts of things. I do have a major collection of royalty collectibles. My focus is Queen Victoria, her children and grandchildren but really anything royal of the past 200 years is fair game. My latest craze is royalty busts. I’ve got some great ones. I also collect art that looks like food and am obsessed with felt food that I buy on Etsy. I also have a truckload of glassware by Georges Briard and some Fiestaware. I had a lot of Fenton art glass candy dishes that got broken when my wall unit collapsed. I don’t like to talk about it.