Daily Style Phile: Hamish Bowles, The Dandy

by SARAH JAFFE · May 3, 2011

Last night English-born Hamish Bowles, European Editor at Large for Vogue, stepped onto the red carpet with flair at the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute Gala. But this isn't the first time his style has impressed. We take a look at this British Dandy. -

Last night Hamish wore an Alexander McQueen tartan tux, a cape with embroidered floral applique and patent leather tasseled shoes. In celebration of the new McQueen exhibit, Savage Beauty, it was more than appropriate for him to flaunt this elaborate outfit.

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Career

Hamish is known as one of the leading authorities in the world for fashion and interior design. He began his career in London in 1984 as the style director of Harper's & Queen, where he stayed for seven years. After that he moved to Vogue to work as their Style Editor in 1992 and was promoted to European Editor at Large in 1995.

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He's been compared to Harry Potter many times for his fanciful and whimsical clothing choices. It is clear why he is such an icon.

"My tastes formed quite early. All I ever wanted to do was go to costume museums, " Bowles told New York Times.

Hamish has contributed to countless articles and reviews and written for many books including: Jacqueline Kennedy: The White House Years, Carolina Herrera: Portrait of a Fashion Icon, Balenciaga: Spanish Master and many more.

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Interior Design

As perfect and polished as Hamish keeps himself, the same can be said for his apartments in both New York City and Paris.

Here are some photos of his beautiful apartment in Paris, taken for The World of Interiors.

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His New York City apartment has the same Bowles touch, however with a dandier twist than his home abroad. These photos are from an issue of Vogue Living Australia.

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But just because he is fashionable and likes decorating, doesn't mean he can't throw down a mean game of hoops:

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