When Lenny Met Dom

Singapore Tatler - - FEATURES -

A col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Dom Pérignon and Lenny Kravitz sets up the mother of all par­ties

As a prom­i­nent so­ci­ety doyenne who’s a de­voted head­dress col­lec­tor, Peggy Jeffs is one per­son who doesn’t be­lieve in the word ca­sual. Known for her strik­ing and in­di­vid­u­al­is­tic style (with an equally colour­ful per­son­al­ity to match), this for­mer fash­ion bou­tique owner em­bod­ies the more is more ethos and would rather be over­dressed than un­der­dressed, even if she’s just pop­ping out for a sim­ple lunch. A risk-taker who loves sup­port­ing un­der-the-radar and avant-garde de­sign­ers, you’ll never spot this max­i­mal­ist wear­ing the same thing as any­one else—even if she has to de­sign it her­self. Whether you would cat­e­gorise her bold sense of style as quirky or “crazy”, one thing’s for sure, when it comes to fash­ion, this is one woman who isn’t afraid of be­ing dis­tinct.

WHILE PER­SONAL STYLE IS SUBJECTIVE, DO YOU THINK HAV­ING A CRA­ZIER SENSE OF STYLE IS AU­TO­MAT­I­CALLY MORE IN­TER­EST­ING?

I think it de­pends on the in­di­vid­ual. I’m not a clas­sic or min­i­mal­ist dresser, so fash­ion and make-up to me are art forms. When I put my looks to­gether, I need colour; I can’t just put on some­thing that’s too plain and sim­ple—that’s just not who I am as a per­son. Oth­ers might not dress the way I do or un­der­stand the way I look at things, but I just find these de­tails much more in­ter­est­ing. I’m drawn to very un­usual things.

HOW DID YOU DE­VELOP YOUR OWN QUIRKY BRAND OF STYLE?

Even as a child, I would al­ways dress up, so I don’t know any­thing dif­fer­ent. It’s just the en­vi­ron­ment I grew up in. I can’t imag­ine my life if I was less quirky, and I think I’d be like this even when I’m 90 years old. I don’t know if it’s in my genes be­cause when I looked at my grand­mother, she was al­ways dressed up even in her 70s. She would wear rings on ev­ery sin­gle fin­ger and put flow­ers in her hair.

AS SOME­ONE WHO LOVES TO BE DIF­FER­ENT, WHAT IS CON­SID­ERED YOUR NOR­MAL WHEN IT COMES TO DRESS­ING UP?

Ca­sual doesn’t ex­ist in my book. I hate it when peo­ple would re­mind me, “Oh, it’s ca­sual, just wear a T-shirt and jeans”. Just let me wear what I want to wear. First, I take into ac­count the weather, and then I make sure every­thing matches, from my make-up to my out­fit and ac­ces­sories. And it’d have to be in loud colours or prints, and prefer­ably in a long and dra­matic sil­hou­ette. And then, I’d def­i­nitely ac­ces­sorise with jew­ellery and a head­piece. Un­less I just did my hair and don’t want to ruin it.

WHAT DRAWS YOU TO COL­LECT­ING THE “CRAZY” PIECES LIKE HATS, JEW­ELLERY AND STATE­MENT PIECES YOU HAVE COME TO BE KNOWN FOR?

It’s my eye and in­ter­ests that at­tract me to such pieces. I can’t get some­thing that every­one has, it to­tally turns me off. In­di­vid­u­al­ity and cre­ativ­ity ex­cite me. At times, I pre­fer to de­sign my own gown or head­piece, rather than buy­ing it off the rack. I’d not take the risk of hav­ing an­other per­son wear the ex­act same piece at the same event. In fact, if I saw some­one at an event in the same out­fit as me, I’d go home and change.

WHY DO YOU THINK PEO­PLE ARE SO AFRAID TO BE “CRAZY” AND THINK OUT OF THE BOX WITH THEIR FASH­ION?

They don’t think out of the box, they just want to be the same as that means that they are in trend. I think it’s also the char­ac­ter and the way you carry your style. You need to make sure you style some­thing ac­cord­ing to how it suits you, and not just blindly fol­low and pur­chase what­ever is pop­u­lar. You have to wear the clothes and not let the clothes wear you. I do think to be able to pull off quirky and in­ter­est­ing things, your per­son­al­ity has to match as well.

WHAT IS THE CRA­ZI­EST FASH­ION PIECE YOU HAVE EVER WORN? IS THERE ANY­THING THAT YOU WOULD CON­SIDER TOO CRAZY FOR EVEN YOUR­SELF TO WEAR?

I can’t think of one. I’d wear any­thing, even a red feath­ered top. But I wouldn’t wear or de­sign some­thing crazy just for the sake of it. I must al­ways be able to in­cor­po­rate it into my wardrobe or en­sure that it’s suit­able for the dress code. I only wouldn’t wear a bikini or hot pants now just be­cause it’s not suit­able for my age, but I’d still wear some­thing that’s bare-backed or low-cut.

Peggy Jeffs’ aes­thetic: Mink stole and wool jacket, both by Fendi; Tif­fany Pa­per Flow­ers di­a­mond clus­ter drop ear­rings in plat­inum, and yel­low di­a­mond fire­fly pen­dant and ring in plat­inum, all by Tif­fany & Co

Not even Calvin Klein, Peggy?

Hey Iris Apfel, Peggy Jeffs is com­ing for your crown

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