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Interview: Mark Heyes

Interview: Mark Heyes

If there was a prize for the nicest man in fashion, we’re pretty sure Mark Heyes would win it. Luckily for us, he’s back again this season for Bristol Fashion Week, so we caught up with him to find out what’s in store…

We’ve just heard that the theme for Bristol Fashion Week this season is concorde. What are your top tips for staying chic when flying?

Yes, it’s going to be an amazing show and different to what we’ve done before. My advice for flying? I’d say don’t do linen – you’ll end up looking like a load of old bedding! And unless you want some very loud tutting from me in the queue behind you, don’t wear 25 items of metal jewellery that take 10 minutes to remove when you get to security, and the same goes for complicated shoes.

Unstructured tailoring is the way to go, as it doesn’t matter what you have on underneath, a stretchy blazer can take you from sloppy to chic traveller in seconds. And finally check the weather before you travel back – there’s nothing worse than coming home to a gale in a pair of swimming shorts and a vest!

New York is also a big theme of the shows this time around. If you could go back to any moment in New York style, when would it be?

Without a doubt it would be Studio 54. I firmly believe that I was born in to the wrong era… I should have been part of that moment! I’d have led Bianca Jagger in on her horse, gossiped with Andy Warhol and danced with Liza Minelli. All whilst wearing a tiny pair of disco shorts!

If you could dress any New York icon who would it be?

It’s got to be Sarah Jessica Parker hasn’t it. She was my first ever big celebrity interview and I was so nervous I ended up saying the name of her film wrong! She was so sweet she didn’t even tell me until the end. I think she dresses impeccably and I’d love to be a part of that.

What’s your top piece of style advice?

Always take off the last accessory you put on and then ask yourself, ‘do I really need that?’

What’s top of your personal shopping list for A/W 17?

I think I’ve actually bought it already; it’s the Balenciaga bag that’s designed to look exactly like a carrier bag. I know I’m meant to make fun of it but I think it’s genius. I’ve always collected carrier bags so it was destined for me!

 Bristol Fashion Week takes place at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway from 27 September – 1 October, presented by Mark Heyes and Cherry Healey and features 17 catwalk shows. Tickets are available online at mallcribbs.com.

The Image Consulting Company will be at Bristol Fashion Week offering one-to-one personal style consultations, as well as workshops and lots of style tips. To find out more and book your slot with us, click here.