‘What I do is evocation, not evaluation.’
Fashion’s master storyteller, Tim Blanks, spins a yarn or two.
Interview by Jonathan Wingfield
Photographs by Juergen Teller
Tim Blanks’ presence in fashion is as bright and colourful as the shirts he often wears on the front row. A long-standing fixture at the seasonal shows – he’s been covering the New-York-London-Milan-Paris circuit since 1987, initially as a TV presenter and since 2006 as a reviewer. It’s Blanks’ infectious mix of curiosity, authority and cultural erudition that forms the basis of his critical eye. Astute and influential (few openly voice an opinion before they’ve read the Tim Blanks review), his show critiques are crafted with the same passion and savoir-faire as the couture gowns he observes on the catwalk.
As editor-at-large at today’s fashion-media sensation, The Business of Fashion, Blanks delivers written reviews, features and interviews, as well as live-event Q&As and online punditry, to a digital audience of CEOs and students alike – his expanding array of ‘content channels’ mirroring the ever-increasing global interest in the fashion industry itself.
But perhaps more than any professional entry on his CV, it is Tim Blanks’ own rich and meandering life story that makes his voice in fashion so unique and original. In a series of conversations with Tim over the summer months in London, System discovered tales of a life that started on the sidelines and now resides firmly in the thick of the action – while along the way recalling lively jaunts in London squats and Bel Air mansions (with housemates Bryan Ferry and Jerry Hall), naked backstage mania with Claudia Schiffer (Claudia, not Tim), feuding (briefly) with Jean Paul Gaultier, and having something refreshing to say about pretty much anyone and everything.
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