One of the absolute joys of my job is getting to talk to some extraordinarily talented people. In Saturday’s case, that meant being in a studio with Michael Van Der Ham & Nasir Mazhar, the morning after the triumphant reveal of their costumes for the London 2012 Opening Ceremony. (Do watch the film – linked below.)
Although many of you know me as a style blogger and erstwhile fashion editor, I also have a broadcast past, having notched up hundreds of appearances across US, French & American news outlets over the past ten years, as a style commentator. That experience means I get called upon to comment, produce or present coverage on all manner of things, often at very short notice, for outlets as diverse as Good Morning America and the BBC World Service.
Saturday morning was no different: USA Today’s producer asked me on Friday afternoon what they thought they should cover for their Olympics fashion segment that I was booked to front on Saturday. Fortunately I had had a tap on the nose regarding the young London Fashion Week designers whose work was due to appear in the Opening Ceremony, so with the help of Daniel Marks of The Communications Store, we were able to arrange an exclusive interview with Nasir and Michael in the latter’s studio in east London.
They were brilliant interviewees, passionate and committed, and it was great to hear them talk about the process behind being involved in the Opening Ceremony. (Scroll down for the film.)
Here I am filming the introduction outside Michael’s studio.
And interviewing the guys inside.
Here’s the crew shooting some pickups with Michael.
Photos by LLG, Rollo Ross and Alicia Zubikowski