Last week, on 3 April, social media was flooded with snaps of editors on gondalas, balaclava clad models in leather and denim, Brooke Candy and a load of Glitché'd selfies. It was the Diesel Venice show, under the creative direction of Nicola Formichetti and with filmic visions from our own Nick Knight.
We're thrilled to launch an exclusive edit of the footage from the much talked about show, alongside Knight's films which were displayed in a triptych, mirroring traditional Italian artwork, and ordered into four acts. In another nod to Italy's creative history, the introductory segment featured Mahler's 5th Symphony, which is best known for its use in the 1971 Luchino Visconti film Death in Venice. The next film, which formed the imposing backdrop to Formichetti's leather section, features visuals of band Judas Priest and the burning of Norwegian churches, a references to the death metal associations of leather. The next section, which compliments the denim range, features equally striking and jarring images - some of nature, others of hardcore porn. The films flip between actual footage and shots where the footage has been projected onto dancers' bodies - a innovative technique dreamed up by Knight exclusively for this project. The penultimate section, an exploration of deconstruction, features military footage and imagery from Japanese games, while the finale sees Knight draw on his own love of apps and Formichetti's passion for the democratic nature of the web by taking crowd-sourced images of Diesel fans and reworking them into wonderfully bright distorted visions. All the image research was conducted by acclaimed artist and longtime SHOWstudio contributor Rei Nadal.