I had a few minutes with both guests of honour, but first I present Mr. Mark Salling, also known to you Gleeks as Noah Puckerman, your favourite singing, guitar playing, self-proclaimed badass. We had a few minutes to chat about his relationship with Express, what pieces he can't live without, and his thoughts on womenswear (ladies, take note).
(And to my own credit, I conducted this entire interview without passing out or profusely sweating, so let's chalk this up as a win, okay?)
|Shenae Grimes and Mark Salling at Express' Pacific Center grand opening in Vancouver, BC.|
A HAUTE MESS: Welcome to Vancouver!
MARK: Thank you! I love the ‘Couv.
Yeah? Have you been before?
I have. This is my third time here. I love it.
I’m guessing you’ve come up here before with your co-star [Cory Monteith]?
Yeah, both times I did. The first time I was here was for the Olympics, and I came up with a few of my "bro-stars," as I like to call them. And the second time I came up with Cory we also played a little disc golf around Victoria.
Bro-stars, I love that. So now you’re here with Express. What brought on this relationship?
I’ve been coming to Express since I was in Junior High because the jeans always fit me really well, and they still fit me really well, 5 years later… yeah right [laughs]. The jeans I’m wearing right now are Express, this jacket is Express, so I Express myself still. I’m still Expressing myself.
Well played. So having shopped here for years, the relationship was a natural fit.
Yeah, definitely. I’m doing this event with them, and I did an advertorial with them as well, coming out in the September issue of Vogue, so I’m happy to be working with them again.
You’re in the September issue of Vogue! That’s a really big deal.
[laughs] You know, that’s what my publicist said, but I didn’t quite get it.
It is! Anyone in the fashion world would kill to be in the September issue. Give your self some credit.
Alright, alright, I’ll give you that one. [laughs]. It’s pretty cool.
Now that you’re acting as a brand ambassador for Express, what are your favourite pieces that are in store right now?
The jeans, definitely. They fit me perfectly. And then I’m a big v-neck t-shirt guy. The ones here have a really good fit, which for me is really important since I wear them everyday.
So you're a jeans and tee guy. Other than that, how would you describe your personal style?
I’d say it’s pretty casual, I don’t like to spend too much on my wardrobe. I want to be comfortable, but stylish, and not spend too much money, which is what Express is all about. It’s affordable, but still stylish. Oh and I also wear a lot of button-up shirts. I wear lots of plaid shirts, and they have a great selection here of those too.
Jeans, tees, and plaid shirts. So you’re saying you’re a guy.
Pretty much. [laughs]
What about women’s clothing? What are the pieces here that you’d like to see a girl wearing?
Well I haven’t checked out the women’s section, but I imagine it’s got a lot of good stuff like the mens section. [looks around] So I guess jewelry …and shoes.
You like a girl that wears shoes? That's setting the bar pretty high.
I love a girl that wears like, shoes and stuff. [laughs] But it’s all about the situation, I’m sure anyone would appreciate a girl that can adapt, whether it’s casual or more dressed up for whatever situation they’re in.
What’s next for you? You must be excited about the new season of Glee coming up.
Yes, season 4. I actually haven’t even gotten the first script yet, so I have no idea what’s going to happen. I'm excited and curious to see where it goes.
What happens if you get the first script and you’re not in it? I'm just kidding.
Well it’s been a good run. [laughs] No, I do know that I still have a job.
Any last words for your Canadian fans?
Oh, Canada! I love you.
The Express store is located on Level 2 (near Coach) at Pacific Center, 701 West Georgia Street.
photos: George Pimentel Photography
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