Today's new addition to our Punk film series is an innovative offering from Carri Munden, the fashion designer behind menswear label Cassette Playa. Entitled PVNK, the fashion film takes its cue from the movement's tradition of taking style from the streets - Munden cast the model in Hackney. She explains her concept as 'a vision of an extreme cyberpunk reality set to an industrial punk soundtrack by Sewn Leather. I wanted to explore the tribal aspect of Punk and subcultures by combining stylistic elements of Punk with tribal scarification and body modification'. Watch Munden's 3D film now!
Review last week's Tumblr curation by fashion historian Alistair O'Neill; a candid tribute to the remarkable Issy Blow! Collating school pictures and snapshots, short clips of her speaking and other evocative artefacts from letters to receipts, O'Neill has assembled a stirring portrait of Blow.
A lipstick kiss emblazoned onto an envelope is particularly powerful, as are the fleeting recordings of her voice, surprisingly soft and contained for a woman with a famously bold image. Become immersed in the world of Isabella Blow, and find out what it was that captivated everyone she met; revisit the touching curation now!
Today will, sadly, be the last day Alistair O'Neil shares a candid perspective of Blow on our Tumblr. Over the past week, our on-going Isabella Blow series has been filled some delicate memories and touching treasures uncovered by Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! exhibition curator, O'Neil.
Though they have been just glimpses into Blow's world; from a torn photograph of her as a teenager, to instructions on the exact dimensions of a guillotine she desired for a Tatler shoot, this trail has affirmed the sheer creative drive and heart she graced the fashion industry, and world, with.
Witness the final Issy images and sound clips to be revealed over on our Tumblr and re-visit our other rare insights into the late icon, including interviews with her close friends.
Struggling for Christmas goodies? SHOWstudio Shop is championing some fabulous jewellery designers. Dominic Jones, Shaun Leane and Fraser Hamilton have some key, stand-out pieces available online and at 19 Motcomb Street.
Hamilton’s latest collection includes small scale monuments in a wearable jewelry form. His Gold Tower Pendant necklace embodies his signature style, whilst his Silver Lady Ring is delicately carved out of sterling silver. Hamilton’s ring would make the perfect gift for someone after a one-of-a-kind creation.
Shaun Leane’s recent 'Signature Tusk' collection highlights beautifully his ability to create work that is innovative, contemporary and polished yet still with a hint of ‘punk’. The tusk motif is prevalent through much of the collection. Leane’s Silver Knife Edge Tusk Necklace and Silver Tusk Ring combine exquisite metalwork with cutting edge design which is perfect for those after a contemporary piece of jewellery.
Renowned jewellery designer Dominic Jones is a firm favourite at SHOWstudio. His debut collection titled 'Tooth and Nail' was an instant success amongst fashion designers and celebs like Miranda Kerr and Nicole Ritchie. Invest in a piece of his latest collection this christmas, with pieces like his Rose Gold Bija Ring. Or for a more affordable alternative why not try his enamel and gold plated Fang Necklace from Jones' ‘DJ’ collection.
Beat the Christmas rush and browse through some unique Gift Ideas on SHOWstudio Shop!
The latest talent to contribute to our Punk film series is bespoke designer Deborah Milner. Milner teamed up with filmmaker Peter Gray to evoke her inspirations of multiple personalities; elegance, Mad Max and, of course, punk.
The great Bryan Ferry visited SHOWstudio today with his sons Isaac and Tara, not only to be photographed by Nick Knight - which with our new 24/7 live studio webcam viewers could catch a sneak peak of - but also to be interviewed by Lou Stoppard.
Our Isabella Blow project has been quite a journey; from essays touching on issues surrounding the late icon to the beautiful film shot by Ruth Hogben at Doddington Hall. Ferry kindly provided one of his Roxy Music tunes as a soundtrack to the film, When She Walks In The Room - Blow's favourite song. One of the most insightful elements of our series has been the moving interviews with Issy's close friends and family, as part of which we are delighted to announce Ferry will be contributing to.
'I loved her high spirits and I loved her laugh - she had a very dirty laugh.' - Ferry reminices on his fond freindship with Blow, from introudicing her to Anna Wintour to his experience at the recent exhibition.
Bryan Ferry is in the studio today recording an interview as part of our Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!
Check out the action live as it happens on the SHOWstudio webcam now!
Last month, Nick Knight gave students at London College of Fashion the benefit of his experience as a fashion photographer, filmmaker and visionary. In a discussion with fashion commentator Colin McDowell and head of LCF Frances Corner, Knight covered everything from his transition from science to photography, to the internet and the democratization of image making. The fascinating conversation is now available on demand - watch it now to soak up the insights!
Today SHOWstudio filmed a special menswear panel discussion in partnership with MATCHESFASHION.COM. We were lucky enough to be joined in the studio by four wonderful designers; Jonathan Saunders, Agi & Sam, Oliver Spencer and shoe-king Mr Hare. Chaired by our own Lou Stoppard, the panel discussed London menswear in depth. The discussion will be launched in January to coincide with the beginning of the London Collections: Men. While you wait, watch our recent in-depth conversation with Saunders at the V&A.
Really love this designer, her sexy yet constrictive clothes are divine. Images and video from her 2013 BA graduate collection at CSM.
This weekend, the lovely Michelle Harper popped into the studio with Jenny Shimizu to chat to Nick Knight! We couldn't stop admiring her rings - she made them herself!
The hairstylist and designer compiled together fourteen songs, each with punk in mind, however not necessarily the punk you would expect. Le Mindu gave us a little insight into his decisions, 'I chose a playlist of punk women. For me punk has never been a fashion since after [Vivienne] Westwood, since it was always a mood. Punk fashion does exist but in different ways of course; always provocative and choking. This playlist is, for me, a choice of women who are punk in real life not obviously in their music, 'Punk' is a style of music or fashion for some people but those people don't know the real punks.'
If you didn't get a chance to tune into to our live stream of Always & Forever for Garage, don't worry - you can now watch the whole tattoo-inspired shoot, whenever you like, with our on-demand footage.
This weekend, 30 Novemeber and 1 December, some very exciting things were unfolding here at SHOWstudio with some incredible talents in the building. Six beautiful models graced our studio to be shot by Nick Knight, with the help of super beauty trio Val Garland, Sam McKnight and Marian Newman.
Charlotte Stockdale aided the models' transformations with some impeccable styling. Pieces that were of particular note include a gold feather Stephen Jones headdress, worn by Karlie Kloss as she chanelled a fierce day-of-the-dead bride, a gorgeous Lovestruck corset worn by Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, a sheer Gucci dress worn by Cara Delevingne, pink gem-studded Miu Miu heels worn by Marina Nery, a great PVC neckpiece by Patrick Ian Hartley worn by Gerogia May Jagger and an incredible colourful mohawk created by McKnight for Liya Akebede.
The next step of the process has seen Knight send his images to a range of acclaimed tattoo artists; Maxime Buchi, Freddy Negrete, Len Levin, Madame Chan, Angelique and Doctor Woo. These talented tattooists will now interepret the images in their own unique way onto actual human flesh. Stay tuned for more from the project and watch the shoot!
The Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore! exhibition is now in full swing! The stunning tribute was curated by Alistair O'Neil who has been taking his curating further on SHOWstudio's Tumblr - as part of our own exploration into the late icon - with a rare, wonderful insight into Blow's world.
There is something undeniably remarkable about these glimpses of the great Blow; her personality and creativity is ever present in everything from a Givenchy reciept to an old school photograph. Hauntingly and delightfully, you can also listen to short clips of Issy speaking, her remarks on the Titian exhbition are a particular highlight.
Terry Jones, a diamond geezer!
Back in the late 1970s and in direct response to Punk, Terry Jones, then the art director of British Vogue realised that the most exciting fashion was actually happening on the streets of London and not on the catwalk, bravely he resigned and started a magazine called i-D.
Terry invested his time, his passion and his money into creating a magazine that reflected simply and clearly fashion at its most pure, the fashion of the street. In the late 1970s and early 1980s London streets were vibrant and bursting with fashions way more extreme, inspiring and audacious than anything in the mainstream of fashion. They were the catwalk of the world.
Terry Jones saw this and through i-D allowed the rest of the world to see it too. A gesture so clever, insightful and altruistic which in many ways reflects Terry's whole attitude to life. His clear love and devotion to and of his wife Trish is also the love he expressed for all of us, making us all feel part of their family and is in part the reason they are loved back by so many people.
In i-D they created a platform for a totally new generation of fashion image makers, designers, stylists, journalists and models, who they encouraged and championed. In so doing creating the one of the most important magazines ever.
NB: Yesterday, The British Fashion Council gave Terry and Tricia Jones the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2013 British Fashion Awards
Morgan Fox contributed to SHOWstudio not so long ago; over the first week of November, Fox had us refreshing our feed on a daily basis as he curated our Tumblr with his fleetingly hilarious, perfectly disgusting diary of a young boy in love. Now, Fox is back!
We are now proud to showcase Composition 4, a film by Fox. This piece offers a glimpse into the sordid, lonely daily routine of one anonymous man. In Fox's words, the project looks at ''empty' spaces in a public library and some of the things that happen in those spaces.'