Blink interviews: Mark Fast

We are delighted and excited that our second interview is with brilliant ‘New Generation’ talent, Canadian born knitwear designer, Mark Fast.

Fast graduated from Saint Martins in February 2008 and went on to create knitwear for Bora Aksu, a collaboration that spanned three seasons. He has also collaborated with Stuart Vevers for the Loewe RTW AW09 show and with Christian Louboutin on shoes for his SS10 collection. You may know his name particularly in relation to his choice of catwalk models, as he innovatively and very effectively uses ‘real’ sized models as well as classically teeny models to present his collections.

Fast designs by hand on a domestic knitting machine to create his signature stitch techniques. His obsession with form and texture turn the body into a sinuous and sculptural landscape. In addition to his eponymous collection, Fast is also launching a second line called Faster by Mark Fast, and hooking up with Topshop for a collaborative collection so we see world domination just around the corner…

Do you ever consider commerciality, or is your work purely driven by creativity?
Commercialization is ingrained in our culture but there is a way to take that sensibility and be creative with it.

Have you started working in Spring ’11 yet?
Are you crazy? The show was just yesterday! So it seems……

What or who are your longest standing design influences?
I am inspired by the spontaneity of Jean Paul Gaultier and the precision of Azzedine Alaia.

How would you describe the Mark Fast fashion aesthetic?

Any future projects that you’d like to tell us about?
I did an exciting collaboration with Topshop that comes out in June.

Any fashion regrets?
I never regret, I only move forward.

What would your alternative career have been?
I wanted to be an actor.

What’s the best fashion advice that you’ve ever been given?
Keep your cocoon of creativity safe!

What’s your first fashion memory?
Working alongside Bora Aksu.

What’s your proudest career moment so far?
Having my dress on Tilda Swinton on the cover of Another Magazine.

Who would you love to work with, past or present?
Marilyn Monroe.

You feel most creative when…
I’m on the highway.

April '10 Vogue, featuring Lara Stone in Mark Fast

Mark Fast SS '10 collection

Mark Fast SS '10 collection

Mark Fast AW '10 collection

Mark Fast AW '10 collection

With huge thanks to Mark Fast for taking the time to answer our questions. Thanks also to Tatiana of Knot PR for being a star and hooking us up.