Day in the Life: Will Johns
Hanging out with Ten Magazine's Will Johns
June is an exceptionally busy month in the menswear calendar with the menwear press globetrotting between the international showcases of New York, Milan, London and Paris fashion week, as well as Florence for the international tradeshow Pitti Uomo. We caught up with Will Johns, junior fashion editor of Ten Magazine and it’s menswear edition Ten Men, as he prepares himself for London’s, LC:M.
'I always enjoy the anticipation in the atmosphere over fashion week.'Although Will recognises there’s work to be done with the constant live stream of shows making for a hectic day. 'We cover the shows instantly across social media so it can be high pressure at times.' Yet there’s a counterbalance of work and passion as Will explains further, 'It's always so exciting to see the new collections and take away fresh inspiration.' On letting his hair down after the back-to-back activities, he suggests a good event, 'The parties are always a nice way to end to the day.'
When it comes down to discussing his personal style, Will breaks it down as, 'simple, understated and a little utilitarian.' He expands on the utilitarian aspect, 'I’m inspired by uniformity when it comes to dressing myself. I have an old photograph of some men in army training, wearing white T-shirts tucked neatly into turned up trousers so my style loosely came from that.'The uniform vibe is evident in the military inspired bomber that he selected from Primark. The jacket this season has been updated with a longlerline silhouette and will wears it with a casual white t-shirt and smart trouser helping to mix the smart and casual, with an air of effortless ease. 'I attend a lot of events after work, sometimes at late notice, so I have to look put together just in case I have to go somewhere fancy. The look overall is well balanced for both the daytime and evening.'
For Will it’s not just a style icon that inspires him it’s periods and moments in history, 'Figures from the late 90's / Early 00's are a constant point of reference for me.' He goes on to say, 'I don't have one style icon specifically, but I get a lot of inspiration from film.'
Will prefers characters that have a distinctive sense of style such as, 'Ewan McGregor's look in ‘Trainspotting', Leo in 'Romeo and Juliet' and Natalie Portman in ‘Leon'.' 'I like it when people dress in all one shade. There's an image of Willam Dafoe in an all grey suit that has stuck with me.' Will’s top tip for the upcoming season would be to create a contrasted silhouette, he explains, 'I like the idea of playing with exaggerated proportions for AW16, pairing ultra-fitted pieces with wider styles.'
Five questions for Will:
1.What does a normal day in your life consist of? We're a biannual publication so when I'm not shooting, I help to produce the other parts of both magazines which involves planning upcoming issues, editing product to be featured, and liaising with PR's on various projects.
2.How did you get into fashion styling? I knew I wanted create fashion images but didn't necessarily want to be a photographer or designer. I studied Fashion Communication with Promotion at Central Saint Martins, which included a year in the industry. Interning paid off and I ended up getting a job at Ten upon graduation. After working in the environment it became clear that styling was a natural progression for me.
3.What’s the best advice you’ve been given in regards to your career and what advice would you give to fledging editors? Say ‘yes’ is good advice. Get as much experience as you possibly can and don't be too fussy because you never know who you might meet and what might come out of it. I almost haven't taken jobs in the past, which have led to good things so I'm much more open-minded now.
4.How would you describe your role at Ten and what’s your favourite aspect of the job? We're a small team, so everyone gets a lot of varying responsibilities, which can make the job unpredictable and exciting. We shoot a lot overseas, so travelling to different cities is always fun.
5.Where’s your favourite city to visit and why? I love Italy, especially Florence. I go every year to cover the shows at Pitti Uomo. The architecture is beautiful and the restaurants are amazing. L.A. comes second, I like how surreal and laid back everything feels. It's dreamy.