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Johnny Blueeyes Q&A
Q. Tell us a little bit about your background, where did you grow up? What inspired you to get into styling? How did The House of Blue Eyes happen?
A. I was born in Kerry, Southwest Ireland, and came over here as a small babe, of 6 months old. We settled in Shepherds Bush (where I still reside and love). Since I was child, I always loved dressing up and dressing other people up, (my sister Mary was my first client!),so becoming a stylist was a very natural walk for me.In particular dressing up, going to nightclubs and performing, was and still is a huge inspiration. The House Of Blueeyes, is inspired by the free, expressive energy of London and New York and the magical and collective energy of artists working together, to create, and support and help everyone to feel beautiful.
Q. Working predominantly in London and New York - what do you think about the comparison, is there one you prefer?
A. As well as working in London and New York, I have spent a lot of time in the last three years in Los Angeles – The City of Angels. All of the cities have their own distinct energy and I love them all. It is such a joy and a blessing, to be able to spend time in all of these amazing cities and in doing so, be inspired by their energy to create something beautiful and new.
Q. What’s been the most challenging part of becoming a stylist and what advice would you give an up and coming fashion stylist?
A. My advice to up and coming stylist is to find and develop your own unique vision and to learn to collaborate and work well with other artists and creatives…Collaboration is the most joyful experience and in my experience, this is how the best work is made.
Q. Do you have a favourite designer, vintage and new?
A. Definitely! I have always loved and been inspired by Yves Saint Laurent. His work is exquisite, beautiful and timeless. I love Tatum Jones, an incredibly talented and forward thinking design duo, based in London, who’s quality of design and work is second to none.
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Q. What’s been your most surreal fashion moment?
A. At the launch of the House of Blueeyes, here in my beloved Shepherds bush in 2008, Kate Moss came along to the launch with some friends. She was really moved, and came backstage and wanted to walk in the show, which she did – fabulously! It was an incredibly surreal and magical moment.
Q. What inspires you?
A. Love, Laughter, Family and friends, Art, and the pursuit of happiness.
Q. How do you choose what looks work for each individual client?
A. Every person is unique.In spending time and getting to know the client, this opens up a place to be inspired and find pieces that are unique and perfect for them.
Q. If you could choose a celebrity closet to shop in, who’s would it be and why?
A. You have to forgive me but it’s going to be two closets! We’ll have to transport ourselves back to London in the late 60’s/early 70’s, to the closets of two incredible and fabulous women……..Anita Pallenberg and Marianne Faithful.The looks that both women wore were individual and beautiful, with a real sense of the mood of the time. As they travelled, they bought garments and accessories from the different worlds and the looks that they put together were impeccable. (any upcoming young stylist, please check out Anita Pallenberg’s and Marianne Faithful’s style!)
Q. Would you say your style has changed or evolved throughout your career?
A. I am always excited by the new. My favourite eras are the 60’s and 70’s though, and I often look to these decades for inspiration.
Q. You have mentioned before that you would love to work with Madonna. What do you think was her best era… & what has been your favourite era?
A. You are absolutely right! I love Madonna. She loves the new and is constantly moving. The period of her Erotica album in the early 90’s, was then and still is, my favourite Madonna era.
Q. What do you like about Ghost?
A. I love Ghost!! I have always loved the brand from it’s birth in the 80’s. Ghost loves women and women love Ghost. As someone who loves to help women feel beautiful, Ghost is my go too to find pieces that absolutely do this in the best way.
Q. What’s a few of your favourite things?
A. I have many favourite things, I’m a total collector! I’m going to choose a few pieces that are in my living room, as I write this piece. A Keith Haring print from New York Collection of 50’s and 60’s coloured venetian glass. A beautiful black and white portrait of myself taken by Mary McCartney. A hand embroidered, rainbow coloured silk kimono
Q. What one thing would you never throw out your wardrobe?
A. A pink Andy Warhol t shirt, that I bought in the East Village in New York when I first arrived in the city, in the summer of 1993.
Q. Summer’s coming… What’s your summer essential?
A. At least 5 pairs of the most ferocious sunglasses!!!
Q. What would be your best style advice?
A. Be you.
Always be you.
Always be the unique and beautiful person that you are.