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Getting To Know Fashion Icon Mark Heyes

GETTING TO KNOW YOU >>

 

Name?

Mark Heyes 

 

Title?

Stylist and presenter.

 

Where is home? 

South East London.

 

Three reasons you love where you live?

We’re right in the middle of the city. I love South East London and I feel like it’s almost grown up with me. As I’ve grown and developed so has the area, we’ve now got lots of lovely little Deli’s, restaurants etc.

I love the people in South East London. I get sad when I hear people say ‘London is unfriendly’. I think it’s awesome. The mixture and the diversity of people here is incredible and I love that.

There are also lots of lovely little independent retailers. 

 

 

THE DAY JOB >>

 

What do you do for a living?

I’m a fashion stylist and presenter, you can often find me presenting fashion and sharing my must-haves on Lorraine. 

 

A day in the life of you?

This is a difficult one as every day is completely different and I love that about my job because I genuinely don’t know what I’m going to be doing from one day to the next.

But one day that always tends to be the same is usually a Tuesday. I spend the morning mooching from one end of Oxford Street to the other.

This is a really important day for me because I speak with all of the store managers, find out what’s selling, what isn’t, what people are loving, what they’re looking for etc. And this is a day that’s really important for me for the rest of my job.

I might also be presenting, on a photo shoot, at the races, there’s always something different going on and that’s what I love about what I do. 

 

Any recent, ongoing or upcoming projects or achievements we should know about? 

I’m really excited about my visit to Metrocentre, Gateshead. I’m going to be there doing a fashion show which I’m overjoyed to be doing. I live and breathe the high street and shopping centres so this is something I’m especially looking forward to.

There are going to be lots of exciting things happening, there’ll be the fashion shows, I’ll be presenting my must-haves from around the Metrocentre, and I’ll be giving top tips and little updates on how you can inject the new season of fashion into your wardrobe, there’ll be beauty demonstrations, shows from fashion students, there’s all sorts going on.

It’s a really nice mixture of fashion and beauty, it’s going to be great. 

 

Metrocentre Fashion Show

 

What does downtime mean to you?

A relaxing Sunday always seems to be a good opportunity for downtime. I love a slow start to the morning, enjoying whatever I want for breakfast, pop on a good murder documentary and just kick back and relax. 

  

LESSONS IN LIFE >>

 

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

I’ve always had a passion for fashion. I’m dyslexic and really struggled in school with subjects like maths and science, I just couldn’t grasp it.

I was always really drawn to art. I had some absolutely cracking teachers who really believed in me. I remember one maths teacher after her trip to New York say to me that she saw a guy walking across Fifth Avenue with his portfolio and she said that’ll be Mark one day. And that always stuck with me. I remember thinking yes she’s right, that will be me one day and I always had that in my head.

I think I realised I wanted to be a stylist when I was around 18-years-old. I worked in a shop and all these women used to come in and say ‘oh, is the boy working today’ because they wanted me to style them and that’s when I realised how much I loved it.

I went to The Glasgow School of Art, got my degree and went off to become a stylist.

 

Mark Heyes

 

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

Be kind to everyone. Be nice to people on your way up because youll meet them on your way down.

 

What is your greatest fear?

Not working. As a freelancer, lockdown really put things into perspective how scary an empty diary can be. 

 

Which living person do you most admire and why?

I’m going to have to say, Lorraine Kelly. I have ultimate respect for her. Yes, she’s a great mate but she’s also such an inspirational person. She’s been doing what she does for a long time and she’s still at the top of her game, she’s a great laugh, really kind person, what else could you want? 

 

LIVING LUXE >>

 

What is top of your bucket list?

I’d love to travel across Canada.

 

What is your most treasured possession?
A really sentimental item of mine is a gold necklace my partner got for me around 15 years ago. I wear it every single day and if I don’t have it on, I feel naked! 

 

A memorable holiday?

In 2019 we went to Beijing, China. Since our visit, we’ve both said, since everything that’s happened, how lucky we are to have done that.

It was an amazing trip and I don’t know if we’re gonna be able to do that again in our lifetime. We saw some of the most incredible places and had the pleasure of meeting people who live a completely different life from us. 

 

Best dress?

It has to be my kilt from MacGregor and MacDuff. 

 

Who would be your top three dinner guests?

Patricia Field, the stylist from Sex and the City and Emily in Paris. I was lucky enough to interview her and I can’t even begin to tell you how incredible that woman is. To me, she’s Madonna, Beyonce. She was at Studio 54, she literally lives and breathes New York.

I’d also have Vivienne Westwood. Again, another inspiration of mine. She amused me anytime I’d have a chat with her, we could talk and talk and talk and she’s also a fashion genius with what she did.

Then I’d have Amy Adams, I’d love to have her at my dinner party. Now, this is a funny story, but I had the pleasure of interviewing her once and we really hit it off. I was then supposed to be at a dinner party later that evening, but I was wiped out from fashion week and gave it a miss. Regrettably so. I heard Amy was asking if I was there or what time I was coming and I swear we could have been best friends. Maybe in the future or in another life, we will be. 

 

The last place you ate?

Butchers Steak and Grill in Elderslie.

 

The last book you read?

I’m currently reading a book called Breathless by Amy McCulloch. 

 

The last thing you listened to?

Lawrence, they’re a great sibling duo. 

 

The last thing you watched?

Waco on Netflix.

 

Your three luxe things in life?

Okay, now this is a fun fact for you, I actually pay my barber monthly because I get around two haircuts a week. I’m obsessed with getting haircuts. I don’t have a lot of hair but I like a double zero on the sides, sharp, faded look.

I’m obsessed with Toffifee, I can inhale a box of those.

And then finally, I’d have to say aesop hand wash. It’s my absolute favourite, I just love the smell of it. 

 


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