Friday, 19 February 2010

INTERVIEW - I Give Henry Holland a Grilling

interview with Henry Holland London Fashion Week
I've talked about Henry Holland a fair amount on this blog and that's because I think he is just a little bit awesome. Like many others I've been watching as his fashion career snowballed from his very first collection and the exciting House of Holland work that followed, up to his recently launched diffusion line at Debenhams (youngest designer to manage that) and a blog for Vogue.

I'm lucky enough to be going to Henry's show tomorrow (compliments of VitaminWater, thanks guys) and Henry also found the time to answer a few of my probing questions via email ahead of the big event.

How do you prepare for the mayhem that is London Fashion Week?
We try to forward-plan as much as possible however inevitably the few days before a show are always going to be mad, I like it that way the adrenaline keeps you going and it is all worth it in the end.

How big is the team that you work with?
The team is relatively small but obviously on the day of the show there are lots of people that make a show happen – hair and make up teams, stylist, dressers, models, production, sponsors… the list is endless.

What and who has inspired your AW10 collection?
This season I am loving all things related to street culture

Is there any person or publication that you really want to impress this season?
Everyone’s opinion matters to me but as long as I send out a collection that I am happy with then everything else is a bonus.

As a blogger I'm loving that you've used a blog to highlight the new slogan tees. How important are blogs and social media for designers and the fashion industry?
I think online and social media is becoming increasingly important in all industries. I have always been a fan of Facebook, Twitter and blogging in both a personal and professional capacity – the immediacy of the online world means the fashion industry has to constantly find new ways to communicate with their customers.

Do you think it's a positive thing to have fuller figured models at Fashion Week?
Absolutely, I think different collections work on different shaped girls.

Which other designers or artists do you admire and why?
Too many to mention – I love the young British designers like Gareth Pugh, Richard Nicoll, Roksanda Ilincic as well as the more established players such as Westwood and Alber Ebaz.

Anyone who follows you on Twitter knows you travel a lot. Which countries or cities do you love to visit most and why?
I love going to New York, I have lots of friends out there and you are guaranteed to have a good time. There are great restaurants, great bars and great clubs and always a great atmosphere.

What's your most memorable piece of clothing from your childhood?
I once had a shell suit that I was hugely proud of – unfortunately I sat near a gas fire and burnt one of the arms – I had to wear my sisters pink one as we couldn’t afford a new one!

What books and magazines are on your bedside table and which websites are in your favourites?
I read Vogue, Elle and Grazia religiously; I have also just finished reading the Twilight series. In terms of websites I love (not just because I have a blog on there!) and a bit of Perez Hilton for some mindless celeb gossip!

Describe the outfit you're wearing right now?
Topman chinos, a Levi’s t-shirt, a House of Holland cashmere sweater and my trusty Prada shoes.

What's your proudest moment as a designer?
Probably when Agyness opened my first show – the buzz was incredible.

If you could see into the future, what would House of Holland look like in 25 years time?
A big House in acid-brights with lots of witty people hanging out inside…….

I love that Henry is partial to some celeb gossip and so down-to-earth considering the circles he moves in. It's also great to see him promoting his new slogan tees using blogger - but then as a blogger using Blogger, perhaps I'm biased.

Make sure you pop back to check out my coverage of the House of Holland show, hopefully I'll have it all online on Saturday night. If you're not already, why not follow Henry on Twitter too, everyone needs a daily dose of Henry-isms.

P.S How cool is the invite for the show tomorrow...

House of Holland Fashion Week invite
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