My lil site turns (or turned depending on when you read this) 5 on August the 15th, and so I decided that over the next week I would open up to the people who have been on the site, or been supporters of FW over the years to put me in the hot seat for a change.
The questions came flooding in from lots of people so there are two installments, and this is the first,
Elizabeth Day, Author, Writer & Journalist Do you feel like a Ross?
I hope so, I think that a name is just an analogue hashtag anyway(I don’t really, I just want to look cool in front of the young folk). I guess I do, it’s all I’ve ever known, well apart from the time I pretended to be Jack Osborne for a few minutes to get a date, I did tell her almost immediately and she thought it was hilarious. I’m not sure that anyone would truly believe the lad Osborne at the height of his fame was hanging around in The Works in Kingston!!!
Suze Clemitson, journalist,writer and comment provider on cycling. what I really want to know, after all these years of following you, is what makes you such a thoroughly decent bloke?
I guess you just have to do the right thing, this world is nothing but choices, and trying to do the best by others is a choice. But I’m still a HUGE diva on occasion and can be really quite resolute and awkward.
Helen part of the team at Vin & Omi – Why fashion ?
I love creativity, and you can’t wear a Picasso. It defines the individual and the unique while exploring personality and a sense of self, and of course there are always pretty things to look at.
What would you design if you had a design company?
Bags, men need better bags, so if Vin and Omi want to collaborate I’ve been watching videos on youtube so I’m ace with rhinestones?
David The Preshah, Radio impresario, DJ, reigning East London Ping Pong Champion & Hat Guru, 5 years of Fashion Worked, international stars and celebrity stars regularly feature, you travel to fashion week and are a hugely respected figure in the world of glamour and Fashion – where did it all go wrong?
Well I somehow ended up with a life that is rewarding in everything but finances, I have no time, I’m always more busy than I should be and it’s basically a second full time job, however, can anyone really say they’ve made it before they appear on Hoxton Fashion.
Isn’t appearing with you, Elspeth, Sarah & Olivia the sartorial version of the sold out US stadium tour ?
Steff Jones, TV, internet and radio star and owner of the FashCast Youtube channel, in your opinion what’s been the best piece you’ve ever written and why?
I think for me it’s more the one that is special, and that is the first piece I did with Stella & Matthias from Sports Philosophy, it’s where I worked out how I should do this, I’d been scratching around and trying to find my direction, and it was the first time everything clicked.
Though the first time I got to interview someone live on radio was pretty cool, it was fashion icon Stefanie Rycraft Jones, who was an absolute delight as well as a total babe.
Any days when you think f**k this? And what do you do to snap out of it?
Almost every day, but you just have to keep going, this is all hard work but I try to remember the good things. It’s not often you get to lay in a chair while you get shaved, then go bowling and call it work because you looked at a couple of t-shirts inbetween. It may all piss me off at times but it could be a lot worse.
Happiest / most memorable moment of running fashion worked?
This year I loved doing the awards, it was such fun and great to put on. My first show as FashionWorked (I’d been to many others but the first with the site) was awesome, Pritch London at Bloomsbury Baptist. Arina is awesome, and last time I saw her she gave me a valuable bit of advice “do what you want or you may as well have a boss”.
Oh and the day someone was being really condescending to me about my site in a show queue that I then got pulled out of and told I was front row while they stood annoyed they weren’t getting in was pretty hilarious.
How long did it take to pick the name & what where the others that didn’t make the cut?
Oddly seconds, just popped in to my head immediately and I was all “yeah that’ll do, this won’t last long anyway”. I may need to review my expectations 5 years on.
Was there ever an alternative to fashion worked? did you think of anything else you would of liked to pursue at the time and you picked fashion writing?
Well I really do have three lives, my day job, my fashion and my activism, so at some point I’d like to pursue doing nothing for a few months, and I mean old school fuck all, laying on a sofa staring out the window just to experience what its like to not run myself into the ground on a daily basis. I suspect I’d be terrible at it though as I can’t sit still and need to be occupied.
What made you choose the name Harry and why a hippo out of all of the animal masks in the world!
Errrm Harry The Hippo isn’t me, he’s real, you should know, you met him on FashCast!!!
Harry got his name on the banks of the Zambezi when a man saw him and shouted to others Harry Up, Harry Up, he’s coming. It was only when like Madonna he packed his bags and left with just a few dollars to chase his dream in London that he found out it wasn’t. Turned out that is just the way posh people speak and he was saying hurry up and run away, but he kept the name.
Harry forgets that he is the most dangerous animal in Africa, though he does tell the lady hippos he’s a bad boy while smoking fags behind the bike sheds in his leather jacket and coming his hair. I often have to tell him that he mistakes himself for John Travolta in Grease.
Kevin McBride – Describe your absolute PERFECT day.
Brunch with fashion magazines, cricket on the radio, and a wander round an exhibition later in the day. I’m actually incredibly boring, people just assume fashion people are fun and interesting.
Carl of A Blokes Eye View – Why is it important for guys to have a bromance?
Because chap, we have the best bromance. Despite he fact I’ve never seen your chin we have bonded and you have been incredibly supportive. It’s good to have someone who understands what you talk about as their are so few guys doing all this, but can still have a laugh. There might not be anything hilarious about that answer but it’s true, I really do value our bromance.
Lynette Peck – What is your favourite fashion trend from the last five years?
I was going to say the return of proper tailored looks, but the hints of copper that were on show during Feb’s LFW were amazing, love them so much.