Blink Inspiration: Giovanni Martins with Emma Griffiths

Shortly after his graduation from LCF, we featured Giovanni Martins‘ fabulous fashion film, ‘Manifesto’. Click here to see that post, and click here to see another featuring some of his photography. In this post we are delighted to share with you his next major fashion film called ‘Gwenllian’, exclusively for Emma Griffiths.
Giovanni says:
‘In this film i wanted to explore more of the details and graphical aspect of Emma Griffiths’ collection, consisting of double layered silk dresses and laser cut leather applications. The film is a journey into her collection, and travels between female sensuality, usage of fabric and intricate handwork.’

E.G EMMA GRIFFITHS is a luxury fashion label with Welsh roots. Griffiths has taken elements of her ancestry to create a collection that reflect the traditions of love in Welsh History. For centuries the Celtic Welsh knot of the Love Spoon has been a Welsh expression of love. The men would carve the love spoon into never-ending patterns as a symbol of his love for her. The different patterns would hold meanings for each woman; the pattern used in this collection is symbolic of the strength of love. The E.G signature leggings carry warrior undertones of sculptured leather paneling, and taut lacing. The 18ct gold plated shields that adorn the leather breast plates and leggings, were designed in collaboration with world renowned Fine Jeweler Gisele Ganne.
Upon graduation from Westminster University, Griffiths continued her training with world renowned designer Alexander McQueen, and Zowie Brooch of Boudicca. Emma’s individual work has gained coverage by Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, and Drapers amongst many.

Blink Inspiration: Vice Style Visionaries Part 3- Nick Knight

This is the third, and we think very possibly the most exciting of the Vice Style/ Blackberry ‘Visionaries’ series. We hope that you enjoyed our posts on Gareth Pugh and Diane Pernet from this series too.

Nick Knight is among the world’s most influential photographers as well as being Director & founder of SHOWstudio.com the fashion & art internet broadcasting channel.  He has won numerous awards for his editorial work for Vogue, Dazed & Confused, W magazine, i-D, and Visionaire, as well as for fashion and advertising projects for clients including Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen, Calvin Klein, Levi Strauss, Yohji Yamamoto and Yves Saint Laurent.

As a fashion photographer, Nick Knight has consistently challenged conventional notions of beauty.  His first book of photographs, skinheads, was published in 1982.  He has since produced Nicknight, a 12 year retrospective, and Flora, a series of flower pictures.  Knight’s work has been exhibited at such institutions as the Victoria & Albert Museum, Saatchi Gallery, the Photographers Gallery and Hayward Gallery and recently The Tate Modern.  He has produced a permanent installation, Plant Power, for the Natural History Museum in London.

In the video Knight speaks incredibly inspirationally and eloquently about fashion as an art form and the creative force that is Lady Gaga, as well as the current evolution/ revolution occurring within the way the fashion industry is communication and operating. Knight also talks about his respect for and working relationship with the Fashion Director at SHOWstudio, Alex Fury. Knight and Fury have been instrumental in changing the way that fashion is being communicated, particularly through the instantaneous reportage that they produce from the shows, featured on the SHOWstudio site.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G60CoGna9RM

Accesories: Put the Boot In

I think the best term for these would be ‘Fantasy Boots’. Not in the smutty kind of way, but to reflect the amazing level of creativity and imagination involved in creating these high heeled, ankle length beauties!

These are a selection from our Autumn ‘Accessories’ report. There were so many amazing ankle boots to choose from this season, but these represent the creme de la creme in innovation we think. They show a really exciting new thought process around materials, colour and even in-built accessories upon accessories!

Its time to put the boot in, but only ankle deep for Autumn 2010.

Browns Focus

London College of Fashion Graduate Show

Versace

Alexander McQueen

London College of Fashion Graduate Show

For more on ‘Accessories’ click here, or if you’d like to see the full version of the ‘Accessories’ report contact your nearest agent.

Blink Interviews: Steve Wallington

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!

Steve Wallington

Steve Wallington

These pictures were a collaboration with the stylist, Alex Longmore. Steve wanted to create a Mens fashion story inspired by  Dickens style fashion that feels on trend for Winter/Spring this year (especially after Sherlock Holmes!). Each image is backed up with a film.

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 Manilla is from a film Steve co-directed and produced with the Aids Charity Staying Alive.  The pictures showed the people and the story behind the great work each organisation does reduce the spread of Aids.

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.

MTV's 25th birthday exhibition

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

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.