Christian Blanken

...faith in yourself is absolutely necessary.

Christian Blanken is a UK based designer who was born in the Netherlands and grew up in the Far East and later the UK. He graduated in 1990 with an MA (Honours) in Fashion Design from Central Saint Martins School of Art, having initially studied Art and Art History together with Fashion Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Arnhem, The Netherlands. After six years of honing his skills working in New York with a number of US based global brands, Christian returned to the UK in 1998 and has since worked with some of the most iconic and successful names in UK, Italian and European fashion. He is well regarded within the industry, not only for his creative skills, but his commercial instincts also. In partnership with one of Europe’s largest clothing manufacturers, Christian re-established his own label for Fall/Winter 2008 with complete Mens and Womens collections. A great deal of research goes into every collection and particular attention is paid to fabric research, tailoring, fit, trim and detailing, while the signature of both the Mens and Womenswear collections is a strong and defined silhouette, a linear, almost severe purity of line, a certain utilitarian quality within the detailing of garments, as well as a limited but sometimes intense use of colour. Charistian's aim is to stay true to an overriding philosophy of making impeccable, beautifully made, timeless pieces that can weather the cyclical and, sometimes, disposable nature of fashion and be enjoyed again and again.

Nothing inspires me like…
The future. I'm not nostalgic, I don't look back, I'm incessantly looking for the newest thing and nothing excites me more than finding it.

I hope…
I don't believe in hoping for things. I really believe you can create your own destiny to a large degree and to hope or rely on luck is not the way I operate anyway...

Cultural influences…
They go far and wide but I'm consistently inspired by cities and the urban landscape rather than themes, eras or artists for instance.

I got where I am...
mostly by hard work. Unfortunately there are few shortcuts to success and people who take them or are offered them tend not to value success when it arrives either.

Fashion can sometimes...
Be superficial, frivolous and irrelevant. But it can also sometimes be profound. I find both sides of the coin interesting.

I sense…
I'm not the most sensitive of people.

I scream when…
I seriously cant remember the last time I screamed.

Money makes…
Me pretty happy. It is unfortunately indispensable and I'm happier when I have it.

Did you know…
That I'm a fairly good cook? I find it therapeutic.

Love now because…
Tomorrow is promised to no one.

I dance like…
A sexy motherf***er.

Faith in…
Yourself is absolutely necessary if you intend to get anywhere, A bit of self-love is necessary too because its a big, tough world out there.

Cake makes me…
Happy-ish but I prefer savoury things.

Creativity comes from…
Within. It really does, and then interacts with what's around you.

If I could…
I would tell people that I love them more.

I have never…
Driven a car. It's shocking.

I once thought…
Everything would be OK. I still do actually.

Love is…
A reality for some,but not for everyone.

My dreams are…
Turning into reality, day by day, and I am very grateful.

My future is…
Diminishing day by day but that's OK, I'm happy with how the time I have had has been spent.

My vice is…
Oh, the list is endless and far too boring to go into.

I suck...
Let's not go there...

Pain comes from…
A profound loss or your expectations not being met, for me anyway.

NYC/London/Paris/Milan is…
All those places have a special meaning to me, I have friends and family in every single one and have happy memories, and am happy in all of them.

I live east…
I lived in the East Village in NYC once; it was fun. Now I live in West London.

I wouldn’t pay for…
Sex.

Studios make me…
Think of work.

There's a new...
There is always a new thing. It's important to not become the old thing, in this business anyway...

I'm a perfectionist…
Because I really believe you need to do something well or not do it at all.

My goal…
Is at the top of the hill. Then I find there is another one right behind it.

I'm an emotional retard...
I'm not emotionally retarded, just a bit stunted I think. But I know why that is and I don't need a psychiatrist to analyse it either.

The earliest memory...
My mum putting a pair of white lace up kids shoes on me. I must have been around three years old.

My first crush...
Was a very pretty Japanese-American girl called Melanie who entered our class halfway through the school year when I was a student at the international school in Kobe, Japan. I couldn't even talk to her, my ears would go red, and I have big ears.

My mum...
Her unexpected death had a profound effect on the person I have become and the hurry I am in to get somewhere.

I get bored easily...
I do! I do! I'm nearly getting bored now.

I don't think...
I do things. I don't think about them too much.

I tried to live...
To the best of my ability without hurting anyone around me (too much).

I like making...
Clothes. I'm also good at making things out of play-doh for my daughters.

I've been a Buddhist...
I was!!! But only for a minute and only to impress someone I was a bit infatuated with who was a Buddhist. It didn't last.

My biggest regret...
I have a few but prefer to keep them to myself.

Incompetence...
Is something I don't tolerate well except in children. For them I have endless patience. For grown-ups, not so much.

I wouldn't want...
To shuffle off this mortal coil without feeling that I have left a mark.

I love getting older...
I don't really. Especially the physical aspect of it is no fun at all. Although I have worked with and know people who are way older than me and some of them inspire me and actually give me a path to follow where ageing is concerned.