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.

Graduate Fashion Week: Amy Becker-Burnett

Amy Becker-Burnett has been an invaluable part of the “Blink” team for some time, so we are delighted to feature her graduate collection on the “Blink” blog. Between her internship at Gareth Pugh and her course work at LCF, we were very lucky to have Amy contributing to our streetstyle research and festival coverage. Now over to Amy and her brilliant collection…

About My Work
For me fashion is part of an escapism from reality. Fashion provides the opportunity to become someone or something different, injecting an element of fantasy into everyday life. I want my designs to reflect this notion and for the collection to be a celebration of colour, texture and style.
The collection was based around the Mexican Festival, Dia de Los Meurtos, and references the idea of making something dark into something bright, decorative and fun. I was inspired by the overly ornate and kitsch imagery from the Day Of The Dead and it’s focus on traditional crafts.The concept of my work was juxtaposing the tough and sinister with something softer and more feminine.
I am drawn to the exploration of delicate sheer fabrics against heavy duty and unusual textiles.The pieces in the range translate my love of collecting odd and mundane objects to create something beautiful and unique. In addition to this I developed the idea of producing hand embellished pieces using nuts and bolts and unexpected components, again referencing the hand crafted aspects of Dia de Los Meurtos.

The video look book was created to capture the mood behind the collection, romanticize the garments and generate interest around the brand. The story behind the video was loosely based around the idea of stirring from death and reflects my love of styling and fashion film.

The pieces I design are garments for stylish, confident and experimental women. I want the collection to symbolize understated elegance with harder more unconventional undertones.

After graduating I am interested in working more in styling and Creative direction and hope to gain as much experience through freelance work and personal projects over the coming year. For collaboration on styling or art direction you can contact Amy at

For more great coverage from graduate fashion week, click here. If you’d like to read about more new designers, just click here. Enjoy!

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!

Blink travels- London in Paris

Our brilliant “Blink” contributor, Amy, is interning at Gareth Pugh just now. She was lucky enough to be taken with the team to work on the show at Paris Fashion Week. Although rushed off of her feet, Amy managed to grab a moment to shoot this stylish young lady for us. As it turns out, she is a Brit based in London and working at the amazing Dover Street Market. Surprised? Non cherie! British style stands out a mile where ever you are around the globe.