Last week I wore a 1994 Jean Paul Gaultier tartan, navy and black kilt to the opening of ‘The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk’ Barbican exhibition. It was photographed, but none of the event images truly did it justice. Working with my brother has become somewhat of a habit, we filmed The Dark Wolf together, worked on a film for Maharishi and are teaming up for some upcoming rather major projects. I wanted to shoot with the 1994 archive piece before it had to return to Paris, in honour of Gaultier – one of the most generous men in fashion and truly do it justice. So here’s what we created – art direction by Nikita Andrianova and Jake Whitelocke, with photography by Oz Thakkar.
Anyone who has met me (or follows me on Instagram/Twitter) knows that I am the biggest Tom Ford fan and the Private Blend collections have literally become an extension of me, so when I was given the opportunity to team up with the brand creatively, it was exciting, to put it mildly!
Here is ‘An Ode To Oud’ – a Bertolucci-inspired short film to celebrate the new Private Blend Oud Collection, directed by Adri Murguia which just premiered on OUT Magazine.
Filmed in the Loft Terrace of The Sanderson in London, the artistic and tonally dark film is set to a raw excerpt from a 1968 documentary by Seymour Drescher during the Parisian riots – drawing a stark contrast to the exotic and melancholic decadence created through the visuals.
Photos by Leopold De Croy, and full credits under the cut.
Featuring and creative: Nik Thakkar
Directed: Adri Murguia
Edited: Sophie Weller
Filmed: Sanderson London
Photography: Leopold De Croy
Grooming: Nina Faye Robinson
About The Oud Collection
The Private Blend Oud collection is an olfactive journey that explores three mesmerizing and sensual facets of oud. Two new oud fragrances join the best-selling fragrance, private blend oud wood, a groundbreaking composition of exotic woods and spices that is hailed as a definitive interpretation of oud. The new fragrances, Private Blend Oud Fleur and Private Blend Tobacco Oud, share the signature elements of the original Oud Wood—oud, sandalwood and patchouli—then follow two unique and contrasting directions. They give Tom Ford another opportunity to show his mastery of this rare and precious ingredient. The collection of three oud fragrances also features three bath and body products that offer sumptuous new ways to wear this unforgettable note, creating a complete world of oud within Tom Ford Private Blend. Oud Wood body moisturizer, Oud Wood shower gel and Oud Wood bath soap are perfumed with the original Oud Wood fragrance.
Photographed in Balenciaga and Mugler, by Jack Davolio during London Fashion Week. Cameo appearance by NJOY Premium E-Cigarettes.
Had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with talented Swedish writer, photographer and personality Cimon Lundberg – we managed to break into a church to shoot a series of portraits (all in the name of fashion). This is just a preview, in which I’m wearing Acne, Ada + Nik and Alexander McQueen.
To celebrate Ada + Nik SS14 going into retail at menswear boutique Q London, we teamed up with photographer Adam Tannous and Team GB Athlete Tom Brady for a series of photos that can be seen on The Huffington Post. Here are a few extra shots featuring Ada and I with Tom. All clothing is Ada + Nik Spring Summer 2014 available at (and online at) Q London.