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 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.

Blink Inspiration: Vice Style Visionaries Part 2- Diane Pernet

Following on from last week’s post about Gareth Pugh, we now have the next inspirational installment in the Blackberry/ Vice Style series for you…

Diane Pernet‘s impressive career spans fashion design, journalism and film-making, but she is foremost a cult fashion ‘curator’. When not in the front row at fashion week she can be found consulting and bestowing her revered judgement at various creative institutions globally. Her work on the web propelled her to the forefront of online fashion, as the driving force behind A Shaded View of Fashion. This blog, widely referred to as a ‘style bible’, is hailed as a platform giving young designers the opportunity to get the exposure they need, and its also the way that we first discovered Pernet and her unique take on the world of fashion.

Pernet was herself a fashion designer in the 80’s and edited numerous publications including Joyce,, and Zoo over the years. As one of the first to champion fashion film, her own early lo-fi fashion film ventures were a landmark in the burgeoning medium of fashion film. In 2008 she founded the first ever fashion film festival, A Shaded View on Fashion Film Festival which recognizes the medium as an art form in its own right and is helping earn it the credibility it deserves. In the video she speaks passionately about her love of fashion film and her film festival. Pernet also praises the work of Stefan Siegel, who launched the brilliant designer platform, ‘Not Just a Label’ hwo has created the perfect on-line environment for new designers to gain global exposure.

Blink Inspiration: Vice Style Visionaries Part 1- Gareth Pugh

When we were approached to see if we’d like to post about BlackBerry and Vice Style’s Visionaries project, we were intrigued. As you all know (and hopefully love!) we only post about things that we have seen, created, collated and discovered ourselves, so it is a little departure to use our blog as a platform to profile someone else’s project. We made this exception as its this project reflects many of the things that we believe in at “Blink”, and we also think Gareth Pugh, the first subject of this project, is an absolute genius.

The Visionaries project is intended to look at both established and up-and-coming individuals who make fashion happen. Each film stars a seminal fashion visionary and a rising star of their choosing. The visionaries are the art directors, designers, stylists, photographers and editors who broke ground with their work and helped define the look of a generation. Their chosen luminaries have the potential to alter the landscape of fashion in years to come, embodying the fashion world’s predilection for innovation and subversion of the accepted blueprint.

Last decade, award-winning Fashion designer Gareth Pugh exploded onto the scene and single-handedly recaptured and reinvented the spirit of British fashion. Today his influence can be seen worldwide and his impact on the look of this generation can be described as era-defining. He got his first break designing Kylie Minogue‘s comeback costume and kitting out her entire Showgirl tour. Beyonce is his most vocal fan and has seemingly worn Pugh in more music videos than in ones she hasn’t. Lady Gaga has not only worn many of his creations on and off tour, but is a collaborator. Pugh’s muse is none other than the inimitable Daphne Guinness. He has collaborated extensively with all the major publications including Vogue, Another, i-D, Dazed & Confused, Wonderland and Arena Homme+, and shot with the likes of Mario Testino, Nick Knight, Alasdair Mclellan and Karl Lagerfeld. Pugh discusses his ongoing collaborations with fashion filmmaker Ruth Hogben, a visionary who he hails as “one person who could change the face of fashion” and the reasons he believes film is so instrumental in the fashion industry. Pugh and Hogben speak of their inspiration, skill, passion, luck and the unique personal visions behind their art and collaborations.

Enjoy, and we’ll post parts 2 and 3 very soon!