Last Friday we met the sidesplittingly hilarious presenter of Fash#tag, The Lewis Taylor. Appearing like a marvelous whirlwind of charisma at our studios in the torrential rain, he had managed to guard his remarkably hair sprayed up-do with what originally could have been a newspaper. We warmed up, sat down and caught up with one of our favorite fashion presenters.
How did you get into presenting?
I come from a very small village in Gloucestershire. I first moved to London when I was 18 to work in retail, which at the time I thought was really really exciting, however the novelty died down and I got bored pretty quickly.
While I was helping this stylist woman try on shoes at work, I told her that I’d always wanted to be a stylist (FYI I’ve never wanted to be a stylist, I just wanted a change) so I scrawled my number on a receipt in pencil thinking she would never call. But she called the next day asking if I’d like to assist her on a shoot.
Luckily for me she ended up being a pretty big deal, she worked for ELLE magazine and a few celebrities, with her help I was able to land my first internship in fashion. After working for free for what seemed like ages I finally got my first proper job at 1883 magazine.
While I was at 1883 they where planning on filming their fashion editor, this really fun charismatic Italian guy at LFW. However on the day he must of got a bit daunted and without thinking I nominated myself to do it and ended up having so much fun running around with the camera interviewing all the z-listers and watching the catwalk shows. It must of come across pretty well on camera as the videos gained more and more interest and I realised that presenting was what I really wanted to do. (Watch Lewis’s 1883 videos by clicking here oh and also click here)
A month or two later I was contacted by a company on twitter asking if I would be interested in taking part in a new channel called Fash#tag. Fash#tag is part of a new pop-culture fashion channel launched by Gravity Road, they’re part of YouTube’s Uk original channels initiative. Which pretty much brings me up to what I am doing now
What is your least favorite aspect of the job?
My least favorite aspect is that everything is so public. I imagine that back in the day when people where on TV you didn’t know what people thought because there wasn’t the Internet or Twitter and you couldn’t comment in the box below. It bothers me when I think I haven’t done a very good job on a video or it’s not exactly what I like to see myself doing and you know that your boss and family can read the negative comments and opinions. But I guess it’s a case of ‘todays news is tomorrows chip shop wrapper.’
What is your favorite aspect of the job?
Coming into work doesn’t really feel like coming into work, which is really fun. When you are working for free and interning you always hope you’ll reach that point and going to work and having such a great time makes me feel like I have finally got there.
What is the most embarrassing moment during your career?
It was during my first fashion week and I didn’t know about the media pecking order, where you’re meant to let the paparazzi get their shot first. I was running around with a microphone on a cable with a friend filming and Pixie Lott was walking into Somerset house to see a fashion show. Meeting Pixie Lott for me was like meeting the Queen or something, so I ran in front of her and was trying to ask her questions on the mic and all the paps where screaming, yelling and swearing at me to get out the shot. I must have looked like a right dick and I can’t listen to any of Pixie Lott’s music anymore with out cringing.
What do you consider beautiful?
Not Kim, not Kourtney, but Khloe.
What inspires you?
I often find myself sitting in front of the computer like most people and looking down my Facebook newsfeed, and it inspires me to be that person that people see and think ‘WOW that person is doing really well’. I know that sounds really bad but I think to strive to be better than my friends in a non-competitive way and to make the best of what I am good at is really important. I want to be the person to be jealous of rather than be jealous of other people.
Check out the Fash#tag channel by clicking here.