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Thursday, 30 June 2016

GarconJon meets Finnlay Davis: Model Off Duty

Towering at over 6 feet 1 inch tall, Finnlay Davis cuts a striking figure. Scouted not far from his home in Dalston by Elite's Joel Bough, he's gone on to be shot by Steven Meisel for Prada in New York and this season walked for the likes of Paul Smith, Louis Vuitton and Issey Miyake. We met up outside the main show space of London Collection's Men to chat about his experiences as a model and the lesson's he's learned 2 years into the game.

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Where did you grow up? I was born in Southend-on-Sea. My parents were living with my Nan and Grandad then. I lived in Leicester and Essex throughout my childhood. I moved to Hackney two years ago.

What do you like about London? I would say the vibes that are all around London. The people also. There are very cool people in London. I think that what makes London - the vibes and the food!

Describe yourself in three words. Oh no! I don’t know, I would describe myself as dedicated, humble, if that’s not cheesy, maybe chilled.

What is your calling in life? I skateboard a lot. I am into my fashion, even before I was modelling. I'm also interested in graphic design and design in general. Even though I’m into fashion, at first when I was scouted, I didn’t know, I told them to fuck off to be honest with you. I should have just gone with it but I didn’t think anything of it until the scouting. I was interested in clothing, not so much modelling. But after I realised what I had gotten myself into I was pretty happy.

Where do you see yourself in ten years time? In ten years time, I see myself being 28! Not living at home in Dalston. Probably having a girlfriend. Just taking it easy.

What’s the best experience of modelling so far? My best experience was getting confirmed on a Prada campaign. That was definitely my best experience so far. It was shot in New York. I had to take my parents out there with me. That was just after my first season so it was probably 7 or 8 months into modelling. I did my first shoot in Milan, I did the show and then a couple of months later I went to New York to shoot the campaign. It was my first time shooting with Steven Meisel. It was an experience - more nerve-wracking than anything! I was shooting with Stephen, for one and then the fact that it was a Prada campaign.

Leave us with some words of wisdom. If you have to do something in front of a large group of people, like a speech or something, imagine everyone in the room is naked. That helps a lot!

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

GarconJon meets Hugo Villanova: Model Off Duty

This week I met up with French model Hugo Villanova, for my series in collaboration with Elite London. We shot in Holborn outside the shows at London Collections Men and I asked him about his best job as a model so far and what he enjoys about the British capital.

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Where did you grow up? I was born in Toulouse but moved to Bordeaux when I turned one year old. My family moved because of my dad’s job as an optician. I still live there, but I’m hoping to move to Paris in September. I’m finishing school right now, I have my final exams for the Bac this summer.

What do you like about London? I love skating in London, especially at the Southbank. The atmosphere is perfect. I don’t have my skateboard with me today but only because it’s too busy! I have to work today so I don’t really have time. London cool, very modern. Only drawback is it's very expensive!

How would you describe yourself in 5 words? Generous, sporty, friendly. It’s hard to think of words! I like helping people. I used to be shy but I’m more confident now.

What else do you enjoy in life? I skate, I play football with my friends, I like going to the cinema. I’ve skated for seven years now. I skate everywhere - at home in Bordeaux, in Paris, London. The best was in New York as there are wide streets and big skate parks.

What's been your best fashion week experience? The best was probably Dior, when they took us to China for the Fall 2015 show. It was so cool. We went for a whole week, in a massive hotel, it was amazing. The first day we didn’t do much, the second day we rehearsed and did some shoots. It was in April last year, 2015. I did just one look, it was so cool.

Can you leave us with some words of wisdom? Stay humble! It’s the most important, don’t get a big head. Especially in fashion it’s so important.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

GarconJon meets Alistair Waterfield: Model Off Duty

The first in a new series of interviews with Elite models, I caught up with 19 year old Alistair Waterfield, a small town boy who made it big last season walking for Burberry. His mind is filled with wonder and optimism as he plans his move to London, so I asked him about his life so far as an inspiring artist.

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Alistair Waterfield, Elite Model

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Northamptonshire, it’s only an hour away from London. I live in a village, which has about three hundred people in it, which is about the same as your average one hundred metre radius in London! I was born at home and I’ve always had a village life. I really enjoy London and the energy that’s around but it’s nice when you get to go home and everything’s quiet and you know everyone.

What excites you most about London? There’s never a dull moment and always something to do, something going on. I’m moving in September because I’m starting university. I’m going to Central Saint Martins and moving into student accommodation in Old Street.

If you had to describe yourself in five words? That’s difficult! Peculiar would be one. I don’t want to say ‘quirky', I’m just a bit odd! So peculiar, that would be my number one! I’d like to think I’m friendly! So yeah, hopefully no one thinks I’m horrible! I try not to be. They all just revolve around being strange! I’m laid back, I suppose, you could say I’m quite relaxed. Low maintenance. Easy to get on with. I don’t cause a drama. I’m no diva. So there’s that and the other things too.

Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time? I don’t know where I’m going to be in ten months’ time. I’ve got my degree that I’m going to be doing alongside this job or maybe taking time out my degree to peruse modelling full time. I enjoy it and it’s a good stable form of income. Well it’s not stable, but it’s a form of income and I would offer some stability considering I'm doing some sort of art space degree, a job isn’t a guarantee at the end of the day. Ideally I’d be working as an artist from my degree so I can be exhibiting work. I’d love to be an independent artist, for me it’s a much more personal thing than appealing some brief. I know that’s where the money is but it’s a personal thing for me.

What’s your calling in life? I’m very creative. There’s another word! I listen to a lot of music, and really enjoy what people create purely from scratch. I’m big into my art. I do a bit of photography but I’ve not been doing that so much recently. I’m trying to get back into it.

What’s been your best fashion experience so far? Definitely my first show, the opening and closing of Burberry.

Can you leave us with some words of wisdom? Don’t take yourself so seriously and be relaxed because things alway seem to work out. As long as you’re making sure that you’re having fun and you’re not miserable the whole time, it’s going to be good.