We think that our first interviewee is very inspiring starting point for this new blog feature. Steve Wallington was the founder and Creative Director of Point Blank and fashion label, Worn By. He’s worked with inspiring and creative business’s like MTV, BBC, ITV, Levis, Mother, BBH, Collette Paris and Liberty. He left last year to pursue his passion for photography and moving image in fashion and lifestyle. Steve’s also working on his plans to create an art space with a difference…
Tell us about your current design crush
I’m about to move home for the second time in a year and I’m getting very into all things Architectural & Interiors. I’m feeling especially inspired by Tom Ford’s film “A Single Man”. The detail of the man! Colin Firth’s pad was sublime and I’m inspired to try and recreate a 60’s pad in West London instead of the West Coast!?
Do you think that style is more important than function?
Yes I do think ‘style over function’… as long as it lasts! All good design classics have longevity in function and design. Its definelty an age thing as I now want, more and more, to buy desireable objects that’ll last. I still have a pair of Comme des Garcons track pants from two decades back that I still wear!!
What project are you currently working on and how is it shaping up?
I’m currently helping to relaunch a Scandinavian Fashion brand. I’m also in post production on a Dickensian style men’s fashion/lifestyle story that I photographed and filmed with the stylist Alex Longmore.
What or who are your longest standing design influences?
Where do I start! When it comes to references that I dig out time and again to inspire, definitely Saul Bass for design, film titles and art directing the shower scene in Psycho. Also Alexey Brodovitch for Art Direction in Design and Fashion. But I’m always being influenced by the world around me, the different cultures and countries I visit, and with the advent of the web having access to biggest historic library in the sky.
What’s currently inspiring you?
Charting the history of photography as I do research for my weekly session teaching photography at my daughter’s school and seeing those wide eyes taking it all in!
How would you describe your design aesthetic?
Good detail, well made with a twist!
My girlfriend recently bought an old fur for me from Portobello market that I used during the cold spell under a Burberry mac. I still like a symbol of individuality.
Any style secrets?
Observe the Japanese tourists dress sense. They have taken over from the Italians for style and panache.
What’s the best thing about your job?
Being creative and the ability to research and expand the mind.
Any future projects that you’d like to tell us about?
I’m in the final rounds of getting funding for a ‘culture club’ with a difference that will launch next year.
Any final words of advice?
Read Malcolm Gladwell’s “Outliers” which basically outlines success only comes through hard work & putting the hours in!
These pictures were a collaboration with the stylist, Alex Longmore. Steve wanted to create a menswear story inspired by a Dickensian mood that feels on trend for Winter and Spring. Much of the menswear used is Alexander McQueen. All of the people featured have a personal story to tell about London, which was filmed as well as captured in these amazing photographs.
This image features British actor, Lyndon Ogbourne & his cousin Luke Gamble
This is Murray Lachlan Young. He's a outspoken English poet, best known for the notorious 'Cocaine' poem'.
This image of Manila is from a film Steve co-directed and produced with the AIDS Charity 'Staying Alive'. The pictures show the people and story behind the great work each organization does to reduce the spread of AIDS.
Steve has worked with MTV over the last 10 years, with Point Blank as the retained agency, creating some of their most iconic campaigns including this from MTV's 25th anniversary exhibition at the ICA.
Kilimanjaro, photographed by Steve during his charity climb to raise money for a friend's daughter who has Cystic Fibrosis. He created an exhibition and self published a book which the Photographers Gallery & Claire De Rouen books took.