Instagram is the latest billion-dollar craze, but you probably won’t see me hopping on the bandwagon. I am biologically averse to anything that leads millions of middle schoolers with iPhones to believe that they are, in fact, skilled photographers. The pictures aren’t terrible, but I hesitate to call anything produced by a smartphone app “art.” I guess it really just depends whose hands it falls into, because British fashion photographer Nick Knight has defied my reasoning with the first-ever high fashion Instagram shoot.
Knight, who is recognized for his commitment to incorporating fine art with live interactive media, got off on the right foot with his photo series featuring model Cara Delevigne, gorgeously elaborate couture by Valentino and Mary Katrantzou (not to mention jewelry from Fabergé, Van Cleef and Arpels, and Cartier), and an impressive array of furry friends, including — I try not to squeal — one of the most adorable kittens I’ve ever seen. According to Knight’s website, SHOWstudio, the shoot was inspired by “Internet memes, animal GIFs, and Autumn/Winter 2012′s taste for grown-up, blown-up overdressing.” The result? An amalgamation of everything the internet loves (excluding all the weird porn, naturally), seen through a surprisingly sophisticated lens. Check out a few more of the photos below, and you can find the rest at SHOWstudio. [Fashionista]