Haircut 100 singer Nick Heyward on fashion secrets | Style | Life & Style

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In a mix of smart and casual, the pop singer always hits the right note

Nick’s navy linen jacket, blue-and-white stripe shorts and brolly are from one of his favourite shops, J Crew. He teams it with a blue shirt from H&M and Vans trainers

Nick looks the part in a J Crew bomber jacket, blue Lululemon Athletica T-shirt and AG jeans. He’s pictured with the Gibson 330 1965 Sunburst he’s been playing since 1997

Nick, 56, was frontman of 80s band Haircut 100. He has since enjoyed a solo career and released a new album, Woodland Echoes, last week. Nick says home in Britain is wherever his children, Oliver and Katie, are living. But he also spends a lot of time in the States.

How would you describe your style? Simple, relaxed, classic.

Which colours suit you best?

Blues, creams and browns, plus vibrant red, orange and yellow. Never pink.

Who and what were your style influences growing up? Marlon Brando, James Dean, Robert Redford and Paul Newman. But Dustin Hoffman, his preppy look in The Graduate, was influential.

The fact he drove an Alfa Romeo and wore an anorak and dark glasses did it for me. Today, it’s more George Clooney. He’s so cool.

Who styled Haircut 100? We all did – it was spontaneous. Musically, we had a distinct 80s sound, but our look was traditional English with a dash of preppy American. Hackett was our favourite shop but we’d raid Kensington Market for shirts, ties, waistcoats, braces, cricket and Fair Isle sweaters. C&A was another haunt. 

Have you kept the clothes you wore onstage? I’ve got the polo boots I bought in Bond Street. 

I spent my first cheque from the publishing company in that shop. We got £4,000. There were four of us in the band so we had £1,000 each. I’ve kept most of the accessories – the fisherman’s hat, the tiepins, ties and bow ties.

Haircut 100 were known for their hair. Who cut it? I used to go to John the Barber in Kensington. It was basically a short back and sides with a floppy fringe. I used to style it with Black & White hair wax. Decent barbers disappeared for a while but there’s a resurgence now.

What is the most outrageous costume you have ever worn onstage? A fisherman’s jumper, oilskins, waders and a sou’wester – big mistake. I sweated like a pig. 

Why do you think 80s fashion and music is enjoying a revival? It’s classic. Look at Ralph Lauren and Hackett. They do the English look so well – it never goes out of style. 

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Nick is ever the gentleman…

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