My Fashionable Week: Terry O’Neill

17 July 2009

With his new exhibition Terry O'Neill: Behind the Scenes opening at The Village in Westfield last week, we caught up with the iconic photographer and one-time beau of Faye Dunaway to talk food, fashion and jazz.  

Best and worst moments of the week?
Best was flying to San Francisco for the Frank Sinatra and Elton John exhibitions over there, worst was flying back again!

Is there anything like an average day for you, and if so what does it look like?
Nothing like an average day really since I'm just selling prints at the moment, but I do eat lunch almost every day at Truc Vert on North Audley Street in London. The food there is amazing.

What's the most unexpected thing you did this week?
Not have jetlag!

How do you wind down at the end of the day?
I always come home at the end of the day and play some jazz records or turn on the news with a glass of red wine.

Guiltiest pleasure of the week?
My wife can't ever get to the cinema during the day, so my guiltiest pleasure is going to a 2pm screening of one of my favourite films all by myself. When she asked me to go and watch something in the evening I just pretended I hadn't already been!

Last three things you bought?
A Ruby Braff CD, San Francisco Times, and a free range chicken.

What are you lusting over this week?
The new Harry Allen CD.

What newspapers/magazines/websites do you look at each week?
The Telegraph, The Mail, The Times, Vanity Fair, Grazia and Marie Claire

Favourite outfit you wore this week?
A tailored Issey Miyake jacket with jeans and a T-shirt to one of the shows in San Francisco.

What's your favourite day of the week and why?
I love Saturdays. There are a whole two days before you have to go back to work. I always get up really early to buy everything I need for lunch over the weekend from Pimlico market, just so I can get back in time to watch the sport at 10/10.30am!

What's your perfect day ever?
My perfect day ever would be to invite Harry Allen, Lester Young, Zoot Sims and Scott Hamilton over for Sunday lunch. They're the greatest jazz tenor players ever, and I'd cook them a lovely leg of roast pork.

Soundtrack of the week?
Any CD by Scott Hamilton.

Best restaurant/party/bar you hung out in?
Every Chinese restaurant in San Francisco.

TV programme you were obsessed with?
I'm obsessed with 24.

What are you most looking forward to next week?
Having some good sales from the shows.

Blackberry or iPhone and how addicted are you?
I don't have either at the moment, but my business partner is getting me an iPhone I think. And seeing as I'm not even a huge fan of digital cameras, I'm pretty scared.


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