A Day in the Life: Will Johns
Hanging out with Ten Magazine's Will Johns
June is a crazy busy month in the menswear calendar: the menswear press is globetrotting between New York, Milan, London and Paris fashion weeks, plus Florence for the international trade show Pitti Uomo. We caught up with Will Johns, Junior Fashion Editor of Ten Magazine and its menswear edition, Ten Men, as he prepped for London’s LC:M.
"I always enjoy the anticipation in the atmosphere over fashion week." Although Will knows there’s work to do, with the constant live stream of shows making for a hectic day: "We cover the shows instantly on social media so it can be high pressure at times." But there’s a balance of work and passion: "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 loves a good event: "The parties are always a nice way to end to the day!"
When discussing his personal style, Will breaks it down as "simple, understated and a little utilitarian." He explains the utilitarian part: "I’m inspired by uniforms when dressing myself. I have an old photo of some men in army training, wearing white T-shirts tucked neatly into cuffed pants. So my style loosely came from that."The uniform vibe shows in the military-inspired bomber he picked from Primark. The jacket this season is updated with a longer cut: Will wears it with a casual white t-shirt and dressier pants for a dressy-casual mix with effortless ease. "I go to a lot of after-work events, sometimes last-minute. So I have to look put-together just in case I have to go somewhere fancy". The look overall is well balanced for both day and evening.
For Will, it’s not just a style icon that inspires him, it's eras and moments in history: "People from the late 90's/early 00's are a big reference for me." He continues, "I don't have one specific style icon, but I get a lot of inspiration from film." }
Will likes characters with a standout sense of style, like "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 Willem Dafoe in an all-gray suit that's stuck with me." Will’s top tip for the upcoming season? Create a contrasting cut: "I like the idea of playing with exaggerated proportions for AW16, pairing ultra-fitted pieces with wider styles."
1. What's a normal day in your life like? "We're a biannual publication, so when I'm not shooting, I help produce the other parts of both magazines. It involves planning upcoming issues, editing product to feature, and liaising with PRs 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 [College of Art & Design in London], which included a year in the industry. Interning paid off: I ended up getting a job at Ten after graduation. After working in the environment, it became clear that styling was a natural progression for me."
3. What’s the best career advice you’ve gotten, and what advice would you give newbie editors? "Saying ‘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 actually 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 favorite part of the job? "We're a small team, so everyone gets a lot of varying responsibilities. It can make the job unpredictable and exciting. We shoot a lot overseas, so traveling to different cities is always fun!
5. What’s your fave 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!''