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Hamish Bowles on Vogue’s New Website, Fantasy Retirement, and Going Tieless

Hamish Bowles, with tie.
Hamish Bowles, with tie.

Following Charles Askegard’s emotional final performance with the New York City Ballet on Sunday, the principal dancer’s wife Candace Bushnell threw a retirement party for him at Landmarc. Among the guests was Vogue’s Hamish Bowles, who chatted with us about childhood dance-class trauma, among other things.

Did you ever take dance lessons?
I did. I did ballet lessons when I was a little boy, yeah.

Were you any good?
Well, my teacher wanted me to audition for White Lodge, you know, the Royal Ballet School. But my parents didn’t think that was a great idea, so they, um, actually told me that my dance teacher had retired, and that there would be no more dance lessons. And stricken a few years later, they sort of confessed. I would have had far more shapely thighs at this particular moment in time. I do regret that, but I’m very happy the way my career veered.

How did you deal with the heat in Paris during the shows?
It was challenging because I literally brought a fairly extensive wardrobe of high tweed and winter-woolen clothes. And, of course, it’s impossible to buy anything, because it’s only fall merchandise, so yeah, there was a black jeans-and-shirt-with-no-tie moment, which I think is unprecedented on a Sunday.

Hamish Bowles on Vogue’s New Website, Fantasy Retirement, and Going Tieless