Mickey Boardman and his closet have a lot in common: they’re loud, vivacious, full of color (and personality!), eccentric and, most importantly, unapologetic.
After popping by his pal Ariel Foxman’s pad the previous day, we had fair warning of what to expect: the man is a collector. We caught up with the veteran editor at his Royal Palace (he’s royally obsessed and to say he has “Royal Fever” would be an understatement.) In fact, while digging through his sequin-filled closet ― Ashish has even made him several custom pieces ― Mr. Mickey gave us a full-on history lesson to track the roots of his obsession. “In 1985 Hannah Pakula wrote The Last Romantic, a biography of Queen Marie of Romania. It was excerpted in Vanity Fair and I remember a character on the soap opera Another World mentioned Queen Marie. Well, I'm a soap opera addict, and thought if it got plugged on a soap it must be interesting. I read the excerpt in VF and loved it, got the book and that was it.”
Though you can easily spot the man from miles away―his signature oversized, Iris Apfel-esque frames, Lacoste polo and piles of glitzy necklaces―it’s his not-so-secret sequin obsession that clearly caught our eye in his closet of curiosities. “We all have an era or a look that really knocks our socks off and for me it's The Supremes in Las Vegas in the late 60s. Bob Mackie for The Carol Burnett Show. Sparkle, sparkle, sparkle; I can never get enough sparkle,” Boardman confessed. And his favorite color? “Shiny.”
We couldn’t help but play dress-up with Boardman like our very own Barbie. Though he admits to putting to rest his signature “alcoholic housewife” look (“A pair of flat front pants that I hacked the hem off…a wildly patterned ladies’ blouse and some kind of crazy jewelry; I had long hair then that I wore in a little bun,") he does still bust it out for “special occasions.” This was clearly one of them…