Mark Fast On Tilda Swinton, Holey Tights, And His Secret Hollywood Dream: EXCLUSIVE Q&A

28 June 2012 by

FAST at Jonathan Aston

Mark Fast - aka the man who reinvented body-con, re-launched Crystal Renn’s career and made knitwear sexier than we ever managed – is launching a line in collaboration with heritage hosiery brand, Jonathan Aston. It’s called FAST at Jonathan Aston and following his ‘Faster’ sister line and footwear collaboration with Aldo Rise, from July 24 you’ll be able to pick up pieces from this new range – which stretches from colour-blocked bodies to cobwebby socks and tights – exclusively in Selfridges. From Nicky Minaj to Beyonce, Rihanna, Julia Restoin Roitfeld and Jessie J, A-lisers simply can’t get enough of his wonder-web wares, and for just £6, you too can get a slice of the action. In honour of that momentous fashion opportunity, Grazia Daily enjoyed a fast and furious 60 second catch-up with the Ontario-born LFW designer to know more about the man behind the knitting machine…

Grazia Daily: Do you have a muse?
Mark Fast: There are so many women that inspire me. My clothes are like chameleons that work in different walks of life.

If you could give women one piece of fashion advice in regards to hosiery, what would it be?
If you get a hole in one of them, make more holes as a feature; be creative!

Do you have any childhood memories of hosiery or knitwear? Anything that shaped your career from a young age?
I bought 400 pairs of vintage hosiery from the ‘40s at a vintage shop. I don’t know what I will do with them, but at least I have them.

Mark's number one lady - Tilda Swinton - pictured wearing Mark Fast on the cover of Another Magazine.

Of all the women who've worn your dresses, which lady were you most excited about?
Tilda Swinton [On the cover of Another Magazine S/S09]

Are there any other ladies you’d like to work with?
MIA and Grimes.

What are you most proud of in your career?

My dress at the V & A at the Ballgowns exhibition; this means a lot to me.


Beyonce and Julia Restoin Roitfeld are both Mark Fast fans

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned in fashion?
Do what you do - and do it well!

Which young or up-and-coming designers are you excited about?

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Jam sessions and writing poetry.

If you weren’t a designer, what’s your plan B?
Acting or directing in Hollywood.

Are there any current fashion trends that you don’t like?
Floral prints!


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