GOOD DAY TO YOU ALL.
TODAY’S Q&A is a special one because it features one of my old first assistants, who is now working on his own and doing rather well for himself.
Ben Jones was my assistant for almost 3 years and is now represented worldwide by Jed Root.
This month saw Ben get his first Vogue cover, starring model Erin Wasson, which is an achievement for any one emerging in the fashion industry as there’s only 12 Vogue covers to get each year.
Ben is English through and through and was born in the county of Kent, an area known as The Meadway Towns in Southern England. He is obsessed with fashion and music and owns the most pairs of Nike Air Max out of anybody I know. Everytime I see him he has a different pair on…..
He’s created his own kind of style with hair which he puts some of it down to taking hair that was considered bad taste and turning it into good taste.
So without further ado I give you Ben Jones…. a one to watch…..
WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE GROWING UP?
A Painter. When I was around 8 years old, whilst on holiday with my family in Cornwall, my parents took us kids to an artist’s studio in a small fisherman’s village where they bought a painting and I loved his working environment and candlelit workspace and thought that was what I wanted to do.
HOW DID YOU END UP DOING WHAT YOU’RE DOING NOW?
Purely by accident. I was due to go to University to study electronic engineering, or some rubbish, and I went to my local barber shop for my final haircut before leaving home and I was asked if I’d be interested in filling their trainee position. I had never thought about doing hair…..ever……I just knew I didn’t really want to go to University.
IS THERE ANYBODY YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE IF YOU WEREN’T YOU?
Erm…..Jake Gyllenhaal’s girlfriend ta very much!
WHERE DO YOU LIVE?
In a caravan on the Isle of Sheppy, Kent……until I moved to Brockley, South East London. I’ve always lived south of the river…..it’s greener, cleaner and less industrial than other parts of London.
IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING IN YOUR CITY WHAT WOULD IT BE?
All the poxy roadworks……I’ve never known any other city like it.
YOU’VE JUST HAD YOUR FIRST EVER VOGUE COVER COME OUT, ( THERE’S ONLY 12 A YEAR) TELL US ABOUT THE SHOOT AND HOW IT FEELS TO HAVE YOUR FIRST COVER AND SEE IT ON THE SHELVES.
The shoot was a lot of fun. The team were amazing, very chilled and laid back. Working with Erin Wasson was a joy, she was perfect for the beach warrior story and such a professional. Travelling with my friend Maxine Leonard (make-up) meant we laughed from the moment we met at the airport until the moment we arrived home. I loved working with the photographic duo Petrovsky and Ramone too, seeing two different perspectives of the same picture.
It’s very rewarding seeing your first Vogue cover on the shelves having assisted on many Vogue cover shoots in the past it’s great to have your own. It’s fantastic to have worked on a newer European Vogue title that’s really starting to make its mark in producing iconic fashion imagery.
LIST YOUR TOP 5 FAVOURITE HAIR PRODUCTS
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray.
Magic Move putty.
Bumble&Bumble Styling Creme.
Aveda Thickening Granules.
Fudge Hot He’d Violet Mousse.
WHAT ARE YOU INTO RIGHT NOW ( MUSIC, FASHION , ART, FOOD)
I’m listening to Angel Haze on loop at the moment.
I have an obsession with Nike Air Max…..I like a different colour for every day of the week.
For food my local restaurant The Gantry is the best and I only have to walk about 200 metres up the road.
I’m still a huge fan of the National Gallery as I’m a lover of Impressionism and the ManRay exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery is as interesting as it is inspiring.
WHAT MUSIC WERE YOU INTO GROWING UP AND ARE YOU STILL INTO IT NOW?
In the 80’s it was very pop based apart from what I had to listen to in my Dad’s car on our lengthy drives to Cornwall. This consisted of Genesis, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Dire Straits, Whitesnake and ELO. I still listen to some of this from time to time. In the early 90’s my tastes moved on to rock and grunge.
IF YOU WERE PUT ON A DESERT ISLAND AND COULD CHOOSE 10 SONGS TO HAVE ON AN IPOD WHAT WOULD THEY BE?(AND EXPLAIN – IF YOU WANT TO- WHY YOU CHOSE THEM )
Narrowing it down to just 10 is almost impossible…..but here goes…..and it’s GAY!
When I Think of You (Janet Jackson)
Under The Bridge (Chilli Peppers)
Love Is A Battlefield (Pat Benetar)
I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On (Mariah Carey)
Keep Me Hanging On (Supremes)
Into The Groove (Madonna)
In The Closet (Michael Jackson)
Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division)
Just A Little (Liberty X)
IF YOU COULD LIVE ANYWHERE BESIDES WHERE YOU ARE, WHERE WOULD IT BE.?
New York for work and for the fact that’s it’s pretty much a 24hour city, otherwise Ibiza where I would own an amazing boutique hotel.
WHO MAKES YOU LAUGH?
My friends and family every day, and comedy actress Julia Davies.
WHO’S YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGNERS THAT YOU WOULD WEAR?
……I love colour and prints.
LIST YOUR TOP 5 FILMS AND WHY YOU LOVE THEM ( IF YOU WNAT TO EXPLAIN).
Drop Dead Fred
The Breakfast Club
Desperately Seeking Susan
…..all of which remind me of various times in my childhood which I always look back on fondly.
WHATS YOUR FAVOURITE DESSERT?
Erm…..all of them!
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN ONE WORD.
WHAT ANIMAL WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE?
A cat. So anyone that I don’t like, I can jump over their wall and crap in their back garden, then slyly and very knowingly walk off.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ANY HAIRDRESSER TRYING TO BREAK INTO THE FASHION INDUSTRY?
Assist…..a lot. Be a first assistant to someone. There are so many valuable things regarding the fashion industry you can only learn from assisting. It’s not just learning your trade that’s so important it’s etiquette too, which so many people forget.
WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE?
Britney Spears…..I admit it and whilst we’re at it then probably Girls Aloud too. Oh and Call Me Maybe….obvs!
WHO WAS YOUR FAVOURITE TV CHARACTER GROWING UP AND WHY?
He-Man…..he’s proper fit.
WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO NEXT?
To B&Q……I’ve got to return a toilet roll holder.