Paul Feig's Mixed Blessing

With the world crouching in the shadow cast by the coronavirus, who better to lift spirits than Hollywood’s finest anglophile dandy? Paul Feig tells Tom Chamberlin about Quarantine Cocktail Time, doing his bit for frontline charities, and breaking down the showbiz wall.
Gold and black Rococo dressing gown, New & Lingwood; bespoke white dress shirt, Anto of Beverly Hills; onyx and white-gold studs, Dunhill; black marcella bow-tie, Turnbull & Asser; eyewear, Prada. Buster the dog, model’s own.

Put yourself in the shoes of Wei Koh and me for a second. There is a global pandemic, and the pressure is on to create a magazine that reflects the reality of the times while also providing some much-needed escapism. The desire to feel uplifted and inspired has never been more profound, and we needed to encapsulate this on the cover with a man who not only embodies our values but who was also putting his energy and creativity into helping others as the world reached out for heroes.

Well, if you put yourself in our position, you’d be feeling rather relaxed, as this man was not, we must admit, hard to find. Paul Feig, the Hollywood director, producer, writer, actor and dandy of the first order, was really the only person who fit the bill. In the months in which we have been keeping ourselves away from each other, Paul has dedicated himself to uploading a daily online video in which he dispenses advice on cocktails, dances, keeps spirits high, and, most importantly, celebrates good causes to whom we can donate. In such challenging times, we knew we could turn to Paul to bring us a dose of positivity, an air of comfort, and his usual uncompromising stylishness.


June 2020


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