ELLE Indonesia December 2012
Givenchy FW2012 - Behind The Scenes
Riccardo Tisci asked models Stella Tennant, Stef van der Laan, Daniela Braga, Simone Nobili, Jarrod Scott, and Rodrigo Braga to bring their best dance moves for his latest Givenchy rave ad campaign. See how they did in this exclusive behind-the-scenes video, shot on set with Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
Prada Menswear Show Fall-Winter 2012
Menswear show with SWAG.
Quote Of The Day
Preview : Chrysalis Alpha
DEW Magazine 05: The Cinematic Issue
Finally, it’s published! The best issue by far. Here are my contributions;
Vauxhall Fashion Scout : Ones To Watch Men / London Fashion Week Autumn-Winter 2012 catwalk report. Pages 20-23
KTZ Kokon To Zai : From Here To Then, an editorial feature of their Autumn-Winter 2012 collection. Pages 200-209
From Russia With Love, fashion editorial. Pages 244-250
Had a pleasure working with him on my latest shoot. Here’s an interview of him from 1883 magazine;
Meet Joseph Quigley. To look at, a charming young man with desirable good looks - but don’t let that fool you. Discovered just last year in 2009, Joseph is an ambitious and inspiring individual who has already worked with the likes of Oswald Boetang and sportswear brand Ellesse.
Born and bred here in England I thought what better than to meet for a very sophisticated cup of tea at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Sitting in a quiet corner of the exquisite V&A café, I became lost in conversation as Joseph described his inspiring experiences, achievements and future dreams. My advice to you? Watch this space.
When was it that your modelling career began? How were you discovered?
I was discovered by the modelling agency, STORM. It was at Reading Festival last year. Unfortunately I got my phone stolen so it took them quite a while after that to get hold of me! Luckily they managed to track me down and a few weeks later I was invited into the agency for a few test shots. Things pretty much started rolling from there!
Did you ever see yourself as a model?
No, not at all. I thought it was a joke at first!
What has been your greatest achievement so far?
I would say my first big shoot has been my greatest achievement. It was a campaign shoot for the sportswear brand, Ellesse, shot here in London.
Do you still find yourself getting nervous before a shoot?
It really depends. If the photographer is comfortable and chatty then I generally feel ok. Alternatively, if they’re nervous about the shoot, that makes me nervous.
Do you find that it’s quite difficult for a model to get work?
That’s difficult to say, as it’s different for every model. It can be as there are so many models for just one job. For example, if you go to a Toni & Guy casting, there are literally hundreds. I waited for hours at a casting for Toni & Guy only for them to touch my hair and then seconds later tell me it’s too short. Also you can’t just sit there. It’s important to be chatty and confident. If the photographer doesn’t get a connection with the model, there isn’t going to be a connection in the photographs.
How do you present yourself in a casting?
I used to be quite ‘gangster’. (He laughs) - Just trackies and a hoody. I haven’t conformed to the uniform of really baggy tank tops, with skinny jeans and boots – ‘The London Look’. Some people go really wacky but I like to go plain.
Who is your fashion icon inspiration?
The photographer Kai Z Feng, who shot the Ellesse campaign, has been a great inspiration to me. I was fortunate enough to work with him again on a kickboxing shoot. He’s such a lovely guy and his work is amazing.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a model?
I think it’s important to be yourself, not to follow the crowd and take it with a pinch of salt. When you get rejected for a job, obviously you’re bound to be disappointed but it’s important not to become disheartened and dwell on the negative – ‘I’m going to stop being a model’, ‘ I need to lose more weight’. It’s all very subjective.
Do you think there is the same pressure on male models to conform to the ‘skinny’ trend?
Definitely, but it depends on the type of ‘look’ the model has. Not every model suits the same look, so as I’ve found there are pressures within every aesthetic category. Perhaps for male models, once you’ve discovered your strength, for example, being really skinny or really buff, there will be the pressure to maintain that and look your best.
What ‘look’ do you think you have?
I would say I’m somewhere in between the two extremes. I’m not a skinny Prada person nor am I a buff D&G guy.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
Before I began modelling my life was completely different. I was just a boy studying media, travel and P.E which if I’m honest, I just picked because I wanted to go to college. I had no direction or idea of what I wanted to do. I’ve said to myself that I’ll do modelling for a year and see how things go, but I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of it. It’s exciting. You never know who you’ll meet, and what you’ll be doing from day to day. I’d love to model for a D&G campaign. I love everything about them.
Did you ever think you’d enjoy being a model?
No. I remember getting so nervous the day before a shoot, especially with the Ellesse campaign. That was my first proper shoot and there was a lot of money involved, which made it a very daunting situation for me. Though the photographer liked using new faces he was slightly concerned as I had never been on a big shoot before. There were a lot of moving shots involved and it was expected of me to be confident with a variety of different poses. It was nerve wracking but by the end I realised how much I enjoyed it and I just wanted to do it again!
What would your ideal photo shoot be and who would you like to be involved?
David Gandy is gorgeous and women wise, Rosie Huntington – Whiteley. Funnily enough though, other models aren’t my kind of girl. Shooting in New York is also a big dream of mine.
What do you think your next step in modelling is?
Ideally I would like to model full time but unfortunately due to the unpredictable inconsistency of the work, I wouldn’t feel comfortable leaving my other part time job. Making modelling a full time career is what I’m working towards right now.
What are the perks to being a model?
Free clothes! …sometimes.
Do you have a daily beauty routine?
I wouldn’t say I’ve got a beauty routine but I take pride in taking care of myself. Since I began modelling I made the decision to stop smoking and to eat a little healthier. It’s your responsibility as a model to look your very best.
Who decides on the style of your hair?
A change of hairstyle can drastically transform your look so it is of some interest to the agency. If I need it cutting the agency will cut it for me. That’s definitely one thing I enjoy – I love changing my look.
How do you feel about wearing make-up?
They often put eyeliner on me, or as it is called ‘guyliner’. It’s so close to my eye. I swear I cry every time!
What do you enjoy doing more editorial work or catwalk?
My first real catwalk show was for Ozwald Boateng for his S/S 2011 collection . There were 100 models walking through central London. The atmosphere was incredible. I wouldn’t say I prefer it, but for me a catwalk show is surprisingly less intimidating than an editorial shoot.
Do you have a favourite designer or brand? How do you go about finding your own personal style?
I wear a bit of Topman, All Saints, Urban Outfitters and I like to mix things up between designer and high street. When I’m not working I like to keep my style fairly minimalistic. I feel confident in my black jeans, with a baggy white All Saints top and my boat shoes.
Represented by Storm
Interview by Fleur Baxter
Dion Lee AW2012 Sequence : Breathing
Hussein Chalayan : B-Side
Prada Men's Spring/Summer 2012 Campaign feat. Michael Pitt
Givenchy Spring/Summer 2012
One of the best Spring/Summer 2012 collections. Bravo, Tisci!
LFW : Christopher Shannon AW12 (Highlights)
Photography : Narya Abhimata
Preview: Noelle Woosley