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At Diesel, Porn Is Always a Part of the Show

Diesel's FW14 runway show. Photo: Getty Images
Diesel's FW14 runway show. Photo: Getty Images

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For his collection debut at Diesel last April, Nicola Formichetti hired photographer Nick Knight to create a short film to be played on the runway during the presentation. Now, as the collection hits stores, Dazed Digital catches up with Knight to discuss the themes and inspiration for the heavily pornographic film. When asked about the overtly sexual scenes, Knight doesn't beat around the bush:

There's always some porn, it's Diesel! Nicola particularly wanted us to use porn throughout some of the sections because he felt it was a way of opening up the boundaries for a whole range of imagery. The porn we used was from a set of German film-makers called Inside Flesh—they make fairly hardcore but very stylistic S&M films. We had them choose something specially from their archive and then contrasted it with imagery of water, nature and dolphins. So, again, it's a play on contrasts.
And in the future, shoppers can definitely expect more of the same. "I think the overall aim for what we've been putting out together at Diesel is to send a message which is 'of its time' and always looking towards the future," Knight told Dazed. "With the Diesel show, we created a film and it was truly a spectacle. It felt like the correct way of talking about and communicating fashion because that's increasingly where it's going."
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