Johnny Weir: I Always Look Bad When I Dress Like A Boy
How sad were you when three time US National Ice Skating Champion Johnny Weir announced that he was leaving fashion behind last month to train for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi? (We know, we know — we were devastated, too!) Fret no longer! Though he’ll be training hard for the most of the next two years, he told us last night that he’ll take a little time here and there to do a few fashion-related things.
We spotted Weir smiling for the cameras last night at the Alice + Olivia fall presentation by Stacey Bendet, where he talked to us about everything from his training schedule to why he simply can’t dress like a dude.
Are you here looking for costume ideas or just for the fun of the show?
I’m here to be inspired. My costuming I always design my own. But I take so much inspiration from the fashion world and what people like Stacy do.
Have you had the time to go to any other presentations this week?
I went to Chris Benz earlier today. He’s a great friend of mine. But I’m training, so I don’t have time to run around and do all of Fashion Week. Usually I go to 10, 11, 12 shows. But this Fashion Week, just two.
Will your training schedule allow you to do any fashion or beauty stuff, or will it just be hard work for the next two years?
It’s gonna be mainly training, but I’ll have a time to do a few little extra gorgeous things.
Where is the line for you between what you wear on the ice and what you wear every day?
Today isn’t really evidence that I try to separate it. But you know, costumes are just that — they’re costumes. So I can do anything I really want to on the ice. Off the ice I like to keep myself very fun and feel beautiful and feel happy in what I’m wearing. Whether it’s this, a big fur coat or a trucker hat and jeans, I’m happy.
You’re known for wearing some pretty outlandish outfits. Have you ever put on anything that you felt bad or embarrassed about afterward?
I always look bad when I try to dress up like a boy. When I wear a boy suit or a boy tuxedo, I look ridiculous. I have to mix it up. Boy, girl, girl, boy. You know? Boy. I like to mix it because that’s who I am.