“Blink” Retail: J’adore Dior SS’14

Dior brings the amazing flora draped set of the SS’14 show to their windows. Such a fabulous show. Such a stunning collection. And now one of the most beautiful window schemes that we’ve seen in some time.

Dior, Sloane Street

Dior, Sloane Street

Dior, Sloane Street

Dior, Sloane Street

Here’s the video of the SS’14 show so you can appreciate the atmosphere of the show space, as well as this amazing collection. We are huge Raf Simons fans. How he combines the handwriting of Dior with his own aesthetic, plus ensuring it feels utterly innovative and current, is a design dream come true.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dn5wgf2CaH0

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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

Blink Events: The Line of Beauty

On Sunday we headed off to Somerset House to catch the Rene Gruau exhibition. It was the perfect way to end a hectic weekend. If you haven’t had the joy of seeing this exhibition yet, we’d say that it is £6 well spent on the entrance ticket. You have until the 9th January, so be sure not to miss out on this small but perfectly formed inspirational exhibition.

Before we start getting over excited about the very talented Gruau, we’d like to take a moment to congratulate the Somerset House team on yet another stunningly collated and presented exhibition. The Embankment Gallery space has been transformed beautifully yet again. A treat even without the joy of the exhibition itself.

On to the wonderful Rene Gruau, friend and collaborator of Christian Dior through a very formative and creative period in the famous fashion house’s development. As soon as I stepped in to the exhibition, memories flooded back of really inspirational images that I loved as a (very young) child in the 70’s. I also saw images from fashion illustration books that I had fallen in love with and aspired to replicate when studying fashion in the 90’s. I just hadn’t joined up the dots before and realized that this was all the work of one very hard working and incredibly gifted artist.

From his first commission with the newly formed house of Dior in 1947, when Gruau illustrated the first Haute Couture collection, right through creating an unmistakable visual identity for many of the Dior perfumes, up until the 80’s when Gruau produced his final images for Dior’s men’s fragrance ‘Jules’, Gruau worked tirelessly to develop his own handwriting, keep current with the times, challenge the growing use of fashion photography and inspire legions of designers and artists in the process.

I’m sure you will recognize some of the images below, and there are many, many more to be seen at the exhibition. If you couldn’t tell already, I really enjoyed my Sunday morning at Somerset House!

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Reene Gruau and The Line of Beauty, at Somerset House