Category: Interviews

Street Styled: Men’s Hair & Style @ London Fashion Week Men’s SS18


Granted, it’s not the most eloquent interview I have ever given but in my defence, it was far more humid than my outfit suggests and I had just arrived to LFWM 2 minutes before I was hunted down for this interview.

Watch the interviews to see Robin James hunt down some of his fun finds at London Fashion Week Men’s. Robin is a men’s style, grooming and lifestyle blogger and YouTuber. He’s definitely worth a watch so have a gander at his channel and get inspired by his videos. https://www.youtube.com/ManForHimself

#ThrowbackThursday – Interview: Charley Speed; ‘Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model’ Judge


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Charles Rufus Felix Speed, known better to you and me as Charley Speed, Models 1 superstar and judge on Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model. 
I met Charley at Clothes Show Live, I had the pleasure to work backstage dressing the contestants of BINTM for their catwalk shows. It was there where I was beckoned to sew a button onto a jacket by Mr Speed himself. Yelling at me in a joking fashion for my lack of home economic skills (but an appreciation of my fashion). It was after this harrowing first acknowledgement, (he referred to me as a “helmet”) when I started talking to Charley between shows (as he immersed himself into his Bad Piggies app on his phone) which seemed to be the only free time we had.
I managed to squeeze in a quick interview around all the chaos of hair & beauty, the frantic dressing of the BINTM girls and the management team yelling out show times and requirements.

  • HJB: How did you become involved in the fashion industry?
  • CS: A really good friend of mine (while I was still at Art & Design college) sent photographs in to some competition she saw on a kids TV show, well, a Saturday morning TV show called Massive… I think. Then she told me about it and then the first I knew of it is that they wanted to see me and I went to see them as I was at college doing… not much. They said “You can do it part time or full time, we think you’ve got a really good look for right now, if you do it full time we think you’re gonna do pretty well”. So I just thought I’d go for it. It was a chance to travel and all sorts.
  • HJB: What was the biggest campaign you were involved in?
  • CS: One of my very first campaigns within about three or four months of signing with Models 1 was Calvin Klein which was pretty much international. Times Square with Kate Moss, it was everywhere. Then I went on to do another three campaigns with him and Kate and that’s what cemented me.
  • HJB: So how did you get involved with Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model?
  • CS: Essentially, the winner of the show traditionally gets a contract with Models1 who are my agency and who are the ones who first signed me up. Back when [Lisa] Snowdon was doing it, I think they wanted to get a new judge on the panel and they came to Models1 to perhaps get a male model on and they rounded a few of us up who’d had a lot of experience and I just went through the interview process, screen tested with her. They really liked me but eventually at the last minute, the money-men went “Oh, lets get someone a bit more flamboyant”. Thankfully, they called me back again when Elle Macpherson took over, so in a way it was a blessing in disguise and then I got another two years with Elle and the show was elevated by the time I joined.
  • HJB: If you could work with any designer for a show, who would it be and why?
  • CS: [Pause] That’s a difficult question. I haven’t modeled properly like that for years, when I was modelling, if someone had asked me who haven’t you worked for, that would be an easier question. And that’s not me showing off, I just kind of… When you’re an ‘it’ model, you work for everyone! I always love modelling for Gucci when Tom Ford was at the helm because he really reinvigorated the brand. He brought back that classic, lovely tapered, well-cut suit and I opened countless shows for him which is a big thing when you’re a model. Opening shows is kinda cool, there’s a bit of a prestige to it and he was such a charming man to work with and having seen his visual work to his film, I’ve just got so much respect for him. I did drama when I was younger and I have an affiliation with that. So it’s gotta be Tom Ford.
  • HJB: If you could only wear one designer for the rest of your life, who would it be and why?
  • CS: Probably the same answer. I should really say a British designer, and I have a huge respect and love for Saville Row and that tradition that goes back such a long time. There is nothing like a bespoke suit. There are so many brands that I like in that respect… I’m sorry guys, I’ve given them a plug and I adore Saville Row, I love Richard James, I love Richard James Custom, it’s very cool and I’ve worked with him a lot, but I’m going with Tom Ford man, as its just my style.
  • HJB: While on the topic of suits, what are your three rules of ‘How To Wear A Suit’?
  • CS: I don’t really have any rules, I mean, make sure it fits properly man. Okay, there’s also the obvious things about cufflinks, just the right amount of cufflinks showing below the suit jacket. I personally like a slim-fitting suit. Anything that’s boxy, forget it! You know what, you can buy off the peg suits very reasonably priced and you can find tailors who will take them in for you for like fifteen quid. Yeah? They’ll just pinch the back and it will transform it. Those are my best tips.
  • HJB: Thank you so much, it’s been a pleasure.
  • CS: You are most welcome.

I can honestly say that Charley Speed is a very open and friendly man, he seemed well up for a laugh and didn’t seemed fussed by the hustle bustle that was going on around him.
I loved working with Charley and the Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model girls and would love to work with him again on another project… If you’re reading this Mr Speed, contact me !

[Photography: Nicole Gomes – www.facebook.com/NicoleGomesPhotography]

Jake Hold x Harry J Bartlett


It was an absolute pleasure to meet up with the ever charming and handsome #KingOfTheGingers (aka Jake Hold) at London Collections: Men before he jetted off to Milan. I have followed Jake’s modelling career for a while now so it was great to be able to go for a pint and have a moment of calm during the very busy week. After talking about Jake’s tattoos, I felt there had to be a shot where I could capture them… This of course means getting the boy naked in the toilets of the pub. 
Jake Hold 1
When did you coin the phrase #KingOfTheGingers?
I made the name ‘kingofthegingers’ up just over a year ago now as a bit of fun and it seems to have caught on.
Jake Hold 2What has been your favourite runway collection to walk in?
I’d have to say Vivienne Westwood hands down every season. Vivienne and Andrea are always so creative and fun which I love as I’m also a creative individual. When we try the looks at the fittings they always ask my opinion, taking into account my own style. I find this nice as it makes it more personal, making me feel a part of the brand and less of a mannequin.
Jake Hold 3If you could be the face of any ad campaign, what would it be and why?
I’d really like to shoot for Diesel (let’s make it happen?) I think I fit their aesthetic really well. I do dress smart at times but those who know me know that I’m a rebel and a rogue through and through.
Jake Hold 4Out of your many tattoos, which one means the most to you?
Although I’ve had tattoos for particular reasons, I don’t necessarily treat them as deep and meaningful. I just prefer to enjoy them aesthetically as a whole. At present, I really love my more recent Leonardo da Vinci back-piece. It is a large work in progress but I like it looking unfinished as you never know how it will turn out. It tells a nice visual story to the viewer.
Jake Hold 5Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
In ten years’ time I see myself looking happy and content with life. A mind full of wisdom and knowledge from my travels. A head full of crazy memories with friends. Nice moments with family. A heart full of love. Mistakes learnt from and head held high looking to an even brighter future.

“It’s just a turtleneck, I swear?!” Interview with Matt Richardson


Matt Richardson x Harry J Bartlett squareI met up with the incredibly pleasant comedian (and former Xtra Factor host) Matt Richardson. We met at The Groucho Club in Soho where we discussed comedy, turtlenecks and Sharon Osborne anecdotes. Matt is a comedian who I have been a fan of for a while now and I was gutted to have missed his last tour when he played in Falmouth where I studied my Fashion Photography degree, and I feel like he could have done with some younger attendee’s to the gig after he informed me that it’s tricky telling wanking jokes to a group of senior citizens. Needless to say, this lean, mean joking machine who happens to be a babe magnet (and winner of Heat Magazine’s Weird Crush 2014) knows how to deliver the punchlines with style and grace and after a rather lengthy and amusing chat about what animal we would be, and what animal we would do, I thought it was the perfect time to begin my interview. 

Harry: If you could be the face of any brand, which would it be and why?
Matt: I would probably be the front of Topman because I wear a lot of Topman stuff. I really like it and a lot of their things are really basic and I like simple clothes, nothing patterned really. If I was the face, it would mean they would probably let me… maybe have some free things. I like Topman which is why I buy it. I mean, what a ‘first-world problem’ to be like “eugh, I still have to buy my own clothes!” But, I do really like Topman and i’m happy to buy it. I also really like Weekend Offender, there stuff is quite good. Maybe i’m not quite cool enough for it, or Farrah, they have some nice bits and I also quite like ASOS. My favourite ever pair of jeans are from ASOS.
Harry: What would be your worst 3 fashion cliches that you could be asked to wear?
Matt: I hate wearing a tie. I struggle with ties and I struggle with smart shoes with jeans. I’m so trainers and jeans, its unbelievable. I have 7 pairs of Nike Blazers. I love trainers, not crap trainers, good trainers. My other thing I hate is bow ties, people have tried to put me in bow ties and they try and play up to this ‘geek chic’ thing with me and i’m not a geek or a nerd. I’m not confident enough to rock a bow tie.
Harry: If you got asked by a stylist for a TV show to wear an outfit, how comfortable would you be wearing it even if you knew you hate it?
Matt: I probably wouldn’t wear it. I had a stylist last year when I was on Xtra Factor and she would get me all of this stuff and i’d say “aw thats so nice” but she used to over-buy for me so I would avoid wearing it. She’d bring an outfit and i’d take elements that I loved and self-edit to put it with other things that I liked, so I would mix the jackets up or I would tone down the patterns. Occasionally it would be a bit ‘fashiony’ and out there and I would try and make it as normal as possible.
Harry: Is there something you would like to see more people wearing that isn’t normally a trend, if so, what would you say is your ‘must-have’?
Matt: My must-have would probably be a turtleneck. I know they’ve become quite fashionable again, but I got so much abuse on twitter for wearing one on Xtra Factor that I would like them to become accepted again. If you’re a bit older or someone like Dermot O’Leary, you can wear a turtleneck but I couldn’t because people kept telling me it makes me look old and i’m too young. But its cold, and they’re so warm! People are scared to wear them, and I wasn’t until I felt the wrath and hatred on social media. People from my home town were like “you’ve changed since going on TV” and I was like ‘It’s just a turtleneck, I swear?!” I’ve stopped wearing them now so my girlfriend has all of mine turtlenecks and she’s shrunk them so she can wear them… It’s too late to get them back.
Harry: Bitch.
(Laughter)
Harry: Just from initial viewings, what would you say is your view of people in the fashion industry?
Matt: I think the fashion industry takes itself incredibly seriously. I’m in comedy which is nice and easy but  out of TV, music, fashion and film, fashion seems to be the trickiest. It’s the most ruthless, I think its the most thankless if you work in it and when i’ve been to fashion parties and events, i’ve found that people who are really successful, don’t really care and think its quite fun but there are a lot of people scrambling and taking it very seriously, that weird low to middle rung of people resent the fact that i’m nothing to do with fashion but i go to things and for them, thats a middle finger. But I have loads of friends that work in fashion who are really nice and have a good laugh but I think its pretty ruthless if you work in the industry.
Harry: If you were placed on front row at a fashion show, and then got asked to move for someone more famous to take that seat, what would you say to PR?
Matt: I would criticise them for not planning better to begin with, I wouldn’t move, I would just tell them it was there fault. It’s not my problem, for example, if Samuel L Jackson walked in, I’m not gonna save their arse because they fucked up, i’m going to stay put. If he sits on 2nd row and the PR person loses their job, that’s their issue. Don’t embarrass me, Samuel L Jackson can sit next to me, we can squeeze in together or I could sit on his lap for sure but I definitely wouldn’t move.
Harry: If there was one ‘rock and roll’ thing you could do to get you kicked out of a fashion show, what would you do?
Matt: I got told off at Fashion East because I was sat next to the organiser without knowing who she was, and she got mad because I kept trying to make jokes to the person I was sat with because I was bored before it started and when it was on, because its only on for about 10 minutes and she got really mad because I said “it was like Yo! Sushi for skinny girls” and she didn’t approve. Then turned to me and said “Why don’t we give you a microphone so you can commentate the whole thing” and I told her that it would be very funny. I was dropping some nuggets of gold. I just muck around, I have an awful attention span and thats probably what I would get kicked out for. What is the most rock and roll thing you could do? Probably start a protest against fur or something. I’m not really big on all the fashion things but I am really grateful to get invited to the shows and parties so I probably wouldn’t risk it. Mostly its just me being a dick, and that’s why I would get kicked out.

Yearbook: Harry J Bartlett x Rhian Israel


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So thrilled to be the front cover of Yearbook which was shot by Rhian Israel who is a fantastic young photographer.
Yearbook is a bi-annual magazine dedicated to showcasing the best of students work at Falmouth University. Each issue aims to include the work of current students and those that have graduated and gone on to do amazing things!
The team also won an award for Best Magazine Concept which (i’m told) was quite a tough competition this year.
I would definitely have a gander and see what some of Cornwall’s up and coming creatives are doing and please have a read of my quick interview on page 8-9.
Have a read of the magazine here: https://issuu.com/yearbookfalmouth/docs/yearbook_complete_edit/1?e=0

Also, feel free to check out Tara (Editor-In-Chief)’s blog http://taraslittletalks.blogspot.co.uk/ and have a good look at Rhian’s photography work http://rhianisrael.4ormat.com/

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An interview with Harry J Bartlett


Found this video on the Falmouth University Vimeo page.
A little bit of a “what i’m up to” to promote the BA (Hons) Fashion Photography course here at Falmouth

5 Quick Questions with: Kate Nash


Harry J Bartlett interviewing Kate Nash

Photography: Jack Codling
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I have waited for the moment to interview Kate Nash for quite some time now, I remember asking her at September Fashion Week in 2012 if I could interview her and its only just happened (but I am so happy it did!)
Kate was an absolute dream to speak to, such a wonderfully polite and charming lady. It was honestly like talking to an old friend.
Kate, Myself and her PR were laughing quite a bit throughout the interview and Kate’s PR even yelled “You need a picture with this guy! He’s wearing a fucking kilt?!”
It was an absolute pleasure and privilege, though our time was short, I hope to meet up with Kate again, preferably a more social environment where we can have a cheeky drink and a gossip.

  • HJB: What was you’re first interest in fashion?
  • KN: Oh my god, like ever in the world?!
  • HJB: Yeah what branched you out into what you do now?
  • KN: My tutu from my ballet class when I was 7 [laughs], no i’m just kidding, I think basically when I was 16, it was the first time i’ve ever bought a dress that I put on and it made me feel good about myself. I feel that when I was growing up, I wanted to change my body to fit clothes and I always hated myself. Then this one vintage dress I bought made me go “oh wow! This actually flatters me?!” and that was a really important revelation. If you don’t figure that out; A, you don’t dress very well and B you’re not very happy in what you’re wearing. So that was the first time I remember thinking “Oh, this is how i’m supposed to feel?”
  • HJB: From the start of your music career when Made Of Bricks came out up to now, how would you say your personal style has changed?
  • KN: When my first record came out I was super girly and I loved being sort of cute and then with my second record, I felt insecure that people didn’t take me seriously enough because I was girly, so I felt like I had to wear a leather jacket all the time and be super tough. With my third album, I feel like i’ve got a good mix of the two. Sometimes, if I wanna look like a doll, I don’t mind and then other times I wanna look a bit harder and thats fine as well. I’m a lot more comfortable with myself now and being a bit older, you care less about that and now i’ve been educated more about designers and before that, I found Fashion Week to be really intimidating to me and I didn’t feel like it was somewhere I belonged and now it’s something I actually enjoy. There’s designers I really like and i’ve learnt a lot about the creative side of it.
  • HJB: If you could be the face of any brand [gasp from Kate], who would it be and why?
  • KN: [Without any hesitation] Chanel!
  • HJB: For what reason?
  • KN: Because it’s Chanel!
  • HJB: This will probably be the same answer, but if you could only wear one designer for the rest of your life, who would it be and why?
  • KN: Oh Harry, that’s a difficult one! Oh I don’t know do I? Erm… Shit! I don’t feel like I could answer that, I don’t even think i’m qualified to?! [laughs] Maybe I should just go with Chanel again, because, well, it’s Chanel like I said before.
  • HJB: If you could describe you’re personal style in three words, what would those words be?
  • KN: Childish, Granny and Moody because I am very mood-dependant.

Meeting Kate truly brought and end to such an amazing first day.
Kate, if you’re reading this, lets go shopping then head to a bar !

HJB

5 Quick Questions with Willam Belli


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For those of you who may not have heard of Willam, he was one of the stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 4 and he made a real storm in the competition, hilarious statements, witty comebacks, brilliant reading and the controversial ‘What did Willam do?!” which was the talk of the show after he was disqualified from competition. Others may know him as 1/3 of the “Chow Down (at Chick-Fil-A) Queens, a brilliant parody to Wilson Phillips’ Hold On in which Willam (accompanied by Detox and Vicky Vox) sing a satirical protest/advertisement of the Chick-Fil-A fast food chains discrimination towards homosexuality. Willam has done it all; singing, drag, an actor in both film and television and an overall entertainer.

  • HJB: Being an actor and Drag Queen/Female Impersonator, what was it that drew you towards fame?
  • WB: I love free stuff. Free pizza, free shoes, etc. People give you money to perform too and that’s really the ticket too sometimes. I do drag because sketching on paper wasn’t enough anymore. It’s just a form of art (but imagine me holding the makeup brush like Terry Schiavo lol).
  • HJB: Watching you on RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 4, I noticed you had a lot of designer outfits, these included; Versace & Vivienne Westwood. Why do you feel fashion is important to you and what draws you to an item of clothing/accessory the most?
  • WB: It’s intimidating to most people so I wear it as a sort of armor and badge. Most of my designer stuff is on sale or gifted from pantysniffers or on loan.
  • HJB: If you had to describe your style in 3 words, how would describe your drag persona and your day-to-day attire?
  • WB: Polished Whore Clown
  • HJB: What are your 3 big tips to style an outfit correctly?
  • WB: Make sure the shoes match. BLACK DOES NOT GO WITH EVERYTHING GODDAMMIT. Get a good day bag in a statement color. Don’t wear panties or stocking that leave lines underneath a garment. It ruins any sort of clean line and illusion. Also to see what not to do- check out Willam’s Beatdown every Friday here.http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNPL3cfGC9BgfWDoq9rb2-mjO-z9I-7d3
  • HJB: If you could only wear 1 designer for the rest of your life, who would it be and why?’
  • WB: Balmain’s sense of luxury while remaining in touch with the street is the utmost of everything to me
  • HJB: Finally, is there anything you wish to plug?
  • WB: Get my album at www.willambelli.com/shop and follow the shitshow that is Willam on twitter @willambelli

 

Interview: Charley Speed> Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model Judge


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Charles Rufus Felix Speed, known better to you and me as Charley Speed, Models 1 superstar and judge on Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model. 
I met Charley at Clothes Show Live, I had the pleasure to work backstage dressing the contestants of BINTM for their catwalk shows. It was there where I was beckoned to sew a button onto a jacket by Mr Speed himself. Yelling at me in a joking fashion for my lack of home economic skills (but an appreciation of my fashion). It was after this harrowing first acknowledgement, (he referred to me as a “helmet”) when I started talking to Charley between shows (as he immersed himself into his Bad Piggies app on his phone) which seemed to be the only free time we had.
I managed to squeeze in a quick interview around all the chaos of hair & beauty, the frantic dressing of the BINTM girls and the management team yelling out show times and requirements.

  • HJB: How did you become involved in the fashion industry?
  • CS: A really good friend of mine (while I was still at Art & Design college) sent photographs in to some competition she saw on a kids TV show, well, a saturday morning TV show called Massive… I think. Then she told me about it and then the first I knew of it is that they wanted to see me and I went to see them as I was art Art & Design college doing… not much. They said “You can do it part time or full time, we think you’ve got a really good look for right now, if you do it full time we think you’re gonna do pretty well”. So I just thought i’d go for it. It was a chance to travel and all sorts.
  • HJB: What was the biggest campaign you were involved in?
  • CS: One of my very first campaigns within about three or four months of signing with Models 1 was Calvin Klein which was pretty much international. Times Square with Kate Moss, it was everywhere. Then I went on to do another three campaigns with him and Kate and thats what cemented me.
  • HJB: So how did you get involved with Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model?
  • CS: Essentially, the winner of the show traditionally gets a contract with Models 1 who are my agency and who are the ones who first signed me up. Back when [Lisa] Snowdon was doing it, I think they wanted to get a new judge on the panel and they came to Models 1 to perhaps get a male model on and they rounded a few of us up who’d had a lot of experience and I just went through the interview process, screen tested with her. They really liked me but eventually at the last minute, the money-men went “Oh, lets get someone a bit more flamboyant”. Thankfully, they called me back again when Elle Macpherson took over, so in a way it was a blessing in disguise and then I got another two years with Elle and the show was elevated by the time I joined.
  • HJB: If you could work with any designer for a show, who would it be and why?
  • CS: [Pause] Thats a difficult question. I haven’t modelled properly like that for years, when I was modelling, if someone had asked me who haven’t you worked for, that would be an easier question. And thats not me showing off, I just kind of… When you’re an ‘it’ model, you work for everyone! Erm, I always love modelling for Gucci when Tom Ford was at the helm because he kinda, really reinvigorated the brand. He brought back that classic, lovely tapered, well-cut suit and I opened countless shows for him which is a big thing when you’re a model. Opening shows is kinda cool, there’s a bit of a prestige to it and he was such a charming man to work with and having seen his visual work to his film, I’ve just got so much respect for him. I did drama when I was younger and I have an affiliation with that. So it’s gotta be Tom Ford.
  • HJB: If you could only wear one designer for the rest of your life, who would it be and why?
  • CS: Probably the same answer. I should really say a British designer, and I have a huge respect and love for Saville Row and that tradition that goes back such a long time. There is nothing like a bespoke suit. There are so many brands that I like in that respect. Erm… I’m sorry guys, i’ve given them a plug and I adore Saville Row, I love Richard James, I love Richard James Custom, it’s very cool and i’ve worked with him a lot, but i’m going with Tom Ford man, as its just my style.
  • HJB: While on the topic of suits, what are your three rules of ‘How To Wear A Suit’?
  • CS: I don’t really have any rules, I mean, make sure it fits properly man. Ok, there’s also the obvious things about cufflinks, just the right amount of cufflinks showing below the suit jacket. I personally like a slim-fitting suit. Anything thats boxy, forget it! You know what, you can buy off the peg suits very reasonably priced and you can find tailors who will take them in for you for like fifteen quid. Yeah? They’ll just pinch the back and it will transform it. Those are my best tips.
  • HJB: Thank you so much, it’s been a pleasure.
  • CS: You are most welcome.

I can honestly say that Charley Speed is a very open and friendly man, he seemed well up for a laugh and didn’t seemed fussed by the hustle bustle that was going on around him.
I loved working with Charley and the Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model girls and would love to work with him again on another project…

If you’re reading this Mr Speed, contact me ! 

HJB

[Photography: Nicole Gomes – www.facebook.com/NicoleGomesPhotography]

5 QUICK QUESTIONS with: Richard Newman (Big Brother 7)


Richard Newman was one of the contestants in Big Brother 7, he was known for his flamboyant style, makeup and accessories as well as a fiery personality.
I managed to get ‘5 Quick Questions’ about Richard’s Fashion Sense, past and present, his designer of choice and why you should never lose you’re childhood enthusiasm.

  • HJB: You were one of the contestants on Big Brother 7, (voted by the nation as the best series of Big Brother), how has the experience changed your life and what difficulties did you face in the house?
  • RN: Big Brother was a wonderful experience, something I really enjoyed. I still remain rather sentimental about my time in the house, however life moves forward so fast that it all seems so long ago. I wouldn’t say Big Brother changed my life, but life sure did change once I excited the house. Suddenly, a lot of people know who you are and they want something from you. I have swam with a lot of sharks after my Big Brother experience. Being in the public eye is both incredibly hard to maintain and immensely draining. Six years on and it’s all back to normal. I’m back working a normal job, in a profession I enjoy. Things have very much slowed down and I’m in a very happy place. I think the most difficult thing for me in the house was the day to day boredom. What looks like fun to the viewers is very much a long drawn out prison sentence with a bunch of crazy people on a television set. You sit around all day waiting for something to happen, one moment of excitement. The quietness and silence drove you insane, especially in those last few weeks when there was so little of us left. The house just seemed so huge and quiet then.
  • HJB: You were known for having quite a daring sense of style, makeup, military caps, leather wristbands, and a lot of pearls, how would you say these components of your style represent parts of your personality?
  • RN: Well this was all dress-up, going back to when I was a child, digging deep into my costume box and my mother’s wardrobe. It’s what children do. They dress-up to feel special. I think that’s what fashion is. It’s layers of armor, protection. I believe It’s important that we never lose our sense of childish enthusiasm, those early years of dress up. All the fashion pieces I brought into the house and everything I wore was inspired by my years as a child dressing up. I was heavily influenced by Madonna growing up, I worshipped her. The gloves, bangles, pears and wrist bands were all things Madonna wore during her Toy Boy phase. I wanted to bring these memories into the house with me. The Cowboy boots and hats are very Canadian, the fashion growing up in the prairies. The Cowboy look was also a very huge part of my childhood. What I did was mix the two looks up in the house, the Madonna being feminine and the Cowboy parts of me being masculine. I think all of us represent both at some degree and if we bring it out in our fashion sense it can be a lot of fun.
  • HJB: How would you say your style has changed from Big Brother to the present day?
  • RN: Well I’ve always been a casual jeans & t-shirt kind of guy when I’m not dressing up for a party. I tend to shop at G-Star, Diesel and Levis for denim and shorts. For tops I’ll shop anywhere from TK maxx to expensive boutiques, even vintage and second hand shops. Monday through Friday I work in an office, so I wear dress shirts, ties and posh trousers. A very different look from what I wore in the Big Brother house. I’d say my fashion sense is still very unpredictable. I like that! I try and keep my friends guessing. When I’m planning out what I want to wear, I always remember to keep it fun. This is the most important thing with fashion, to keep it fun.
  • HJB: If you could only wear one designer for the rest of your life (all expenses paid), who would it be and why?
  • RN: Tom Ford hands down. His suits and clothing just oozes sex appeal. I’m getting on in age, so at some stage I’ll have to pack in the gloves and pears. I mean I don’t want to be in my 70’s dressed like Madonna’s Toy Boy. I think Tom Ford is the way forward for me, I just need to get my hands on the cash.
  • HJB: Give me 3 reasons why you believe FASHION is important.
  • RN: Fashion is important because it’s an expression of who we are, it’s empowering and makes us feel good about ourselves.