Pop star. Photographer. Prince. Olympian. Former friend of Andy Warhol. Hubertus von Hohenlohe is all the above. Which begs the question: have we finally discovered The Most Interesting Man in the World?
Von Hohenlohe, a six-time Olympian, will compete at the 2014 Winter Games as the only Mexican athlete at this years’ games, and the second-oldest athlete in Olympic history. Although he was born in Mexico, von Hohenlohe is a descendent of German royalty, hence the title Prince Hubertus.
The Prince has been known to bring his own fashionable flair to the slopes (when he competed in Vancouver, he rocked a “desperado” racing suit, decorated with pistols and bandoleros), but this year, he’s taking it to a whole new level. In honor of his homeland, he’ll be wearing the first-ever Mariachi racing suit.
We caught up with Prince Hubertus while he was in Mexico City to ask about his fashion choices, life in the Olympic Village and what it’s like in the limelight.
ON HIS HISTORY OF FLAMBOYANT SKI SUITS
“In 1984, I had a really nice jacket with the sea, and cactus, and blue sky which portrayed Mexico in a naïve way. Then I started in 1998 designing suits with (Italian design company) Kappa, with pistoleros, I had a lederhosen outfit for a Bavarian ski world championships, we had a trash suit for Vancouver, getting awareness for how important recycling could be. And this time I thought we should be more Mexican.”
ON THE VERSATILITY OF THE MARIACHI SUIT
“It’s kind of a cool style because it’s artsy, musical, and you can also wear it at night. It’s a bit of a smoking. So it looks like you’re going out for some special party.”
ON TRADING FATIGUE IN THE OLYMPIC VILLAGE
“We trade jackets sometimes, obviously pin trading is the biggest thing. But it kind of gets annoying because everyone’s like, “do you have a pin, do you have a pin?” You just want to wear a t-shirt that says “I have no pins and I won’t trade!” because you just kind of get annoyed about it. But it’s nice to do it in the athlete’s village with the guys.
I actually printed t-shirts and hoodies with my suit, saying Mexico Olympic team 2014 Sochi, so that’ll be a hot item to have. But we don’t have so many. So we have to carefully see who gets one and who I trade it with.”
ON STEALING THE LIMELIGHT
“You know, I’m a bit embarrassed because yesterday I spoke with CNN England. He said, you know, Sochi is coming up and everyone wants to talk with you. Although you’re kind of not-so-good athlete, they’re more interested in that story than anyone who’ll win the medals. Then I’m also a bit afraid of taking away the limelight of the people who really worked hard for this and are amazing athletes.”