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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


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 !


Photo: Jack Codling

Harry J Bartlett interviewing Kate Nash
This was such a pleasure and a privilege for me as I have been a big fan of her style and music for a long time.
Kate looked stunning and we had such a good chat.
Keep posted for the interview which I should hopefully have on the blog soon.

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

  • 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. Take a look at the beautiful new edition of Schon magazine with covergirl Naomi Campbell shot by Ellen Von Unwerth, as well as editorials by Jeremy Kost and interviews with Azeilia Banks!

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