Sally Singer and Son Malachy O'Neill Get the Hard-Hitting Interview Treatment From Mr. Mickey

Mickey Boardman
Thanks to barely teenaged blogger Tavi, we're always on the lookout for the next pre-pubescent fashion star. Could it be Malachy O'Neill the mop-topped 10-year-old son of Vogue's genius Sally Singer? We got to the bottom of things with Malachy (and his mom) at Barneys during the party for the new Olivier Theyskens book, for which Sally wrote the intro.

Mickey Boardman: So. Malachy, what do you think about fashion? Do you love it?

Malachy O'Neill: I like rock fashion, punk and stuff.

MB: I just went to see the Gwen Stefani show for L.A.M.B. Do you like Gwen Stefani?

MO: No.

MB: Why not? Or who do you like that has rock fashion?

MO: Uh, Green Day.

MB: You like Green Day? Did you know that there is a Green Day musical coming to Broadway? Are you excited?

MO: I saw it already. In California.

MB: You saw it in California already? Did your mom take you to see it?

MO: Yeah.

MB: My mom never took me to California to see anything.

Sally Singer: Who's your favorite fashion designer?

MO: I like Trash and Vaudeville.

MB: If a fashion company asked you to be a model in their ads, would you do it?

MO: No.

MB: What if it was Trash and Vaudeville?

MO: Maybe, maybe.

MB: What if Green Day had a clothing line? Would you be the model for it?

MO: Maybe.

MB: Have you gone to fashion shows in Paris?

MO: Yes. My mom forced me.

MB: What did you think? Can you compare Paris to New York from a fashion perspective?

MO: Uh, I'm not sure. Much more fashion.

MB: Paris has much more fashion?

MO: Yeah.

MB: New York is more business, more directional?

MO: Yeah.

MB: Do you know what directional means? Because I don't really understand what it means.  Are you going to any real fashion shows this time?

MO: No. I don't know much about it, about fashion shows.

SS: Where are you going instead? What are you doing next week?

MO: Uh, I don't know what I'm doing.

SS: You're going skateboarding.

MO: I'm going on a road trip. Skateboarding on a road trip.

MB: With who?

MO: My dad.

MB: Oh great, sounds fun. Does your dad skateboard?

MO: No.

MB: I think you should make him skateboard.

MO: Uh...

MB: But then he might fall and break his leg.

MO: Yeah.

MB: OK. We'll I think that's it.

SS: He went to Belgium with me when he was two years old  when Olivier was doing costumes for the ballet.

MB: Amazing. Is that why you're here, because you're a friend of Olivier's?

MO: No, no, no...

MB: Have you changed much since you were two?

MO: I don't know.

SS: His hair might be a little bit longer or shorter.

MB: I think he looks exactly the same. What was it like to work on Olivier's book?

SS: It was quite fun, it was quite natural. I would have done anything for Olivier.

MB: Did you have to get permission, from the powers that be at Vogue?

SS: No, not for this. I'm an old enough friend of his that my friendship predates being at Vogue. The book is a collaboration between Olivier and his friend Julian who was a student with him in Belgium. It's really a record of a very Belgium friendship. I think you see this sort of evolution of aesthetic for both of them. I think it's really beautifully done. I don't really like fashion books but I like this one.

MB: What do you think is going to happen to him fashion wise? Do you think he'll go to another house? Or he'll do his own thing?

SS: I hope he does his own thing because I love his clothes.



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