PD: Well- it was doesn’t done on purpose. I had studied to become a painter. Abstract art was my forte. I always thought I would become a painter. But when I was 15 I had to get an internship and that’s when I was introduced to the folk at Paper Magazine, Art Forum and Art in America. Upon graduating Paper gives me an assignment to cover the collections in Paris. So there I am the whole of 21 years old in Paris covering the fashion collections when upon returning to the States I then get an assignment from Vogue. I wrote an article about MARC JACOB’S Birkenstock shoes (which were popular at the time) and compared them to wedges. Of course at the time I had no idea that this would create consternation and rather than being upset, Vogue were like ‘wow- this is causing a stir- great we love Peter!’ From there Vanity Fair came calling and then in my mind I thought- ‘Hmm, maybe getting someone to type out my notes off legal pad is going to go the way of the past- I better learn how to type. To this day I can only type with 2 fingers, but I am getting better…”
SCV: Tell me something about some of the people you grew up with?
PD: Well, Andre Leon Talley was always hanging around and then there was my mother’s friendship with Anna Wintour…
SCV: Who are some of your favorite blogs to read?
PD: You of course, I always get a kick out of page 6, slamxhype.
SCV: Speaking of page 6- what do you think of the word- socialite?
PD: I think it’s become a pejorative term at best. It’s really hard to define what that word means anymore and it seems everyone has become their own socialite. I remember reading something in Town and Country- it had a rundown of this weeks socialites and it just seemed like it was a forced cattle call. I think the step and repeat process has bastardized the meaning of what it is to be a socialite.
SCV: Are you a step and repeat offender?
PD: On the contrary. I dread step and repeat- unlike some people I know.
(We have a momentary chuckle as a long list of names come out, that this author for the time being has decided to keep to himself).
I always hate it- there are these publicists with clipboards waiting to trap you and get you in front of the camera.
SCV: How do you feel about being in front of the camera? Or better still how do you feel about being such a public figure?
PD: I have no interest of being known for my physical presence but rather for the caliber of work that I wish to put out and indeed keep putting out.
At this point I once again pick up the latest 2 issues of Avenue mag and am pleasantly enthralled by what Peter Davis has been able to achieve since he took over as Editor. On the inside are thoughtful pictorial presentations of notables with personalized quotes. One assumes a reflection of the candor he has with the city’s starlets and their adulation of him.
I think this is what ultimately important to me- to build a legacy, to champion those individuals that are positive role models and those ideas that engender discussion and highlight the creative spirit.
SCV: I’m curious by page 6’s unrelenting attention to you. Can you tell me more about that?