1. by Alexander Fury .

    Live residency by master milliner Stephen Jones

    The first personality to take centre-stage in our Bruton Place LiveStudio during our Florist exhibition will be none other than master milliner Stephen Jones. On Tuesday 30 November, Jones' unique talent will be showcased in a live stream for one day only, the first in a series of performances simultaneously celebrating's ten year anniversary and creating unique floral artefacts to be exhibited at the Florist exhibition and offered for sale. Throughout the day, Jones' entire creative process will be revealed, from the raw medium to the final touches of his vision.

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      10:26 23 Nov 2010
      So incredibly excited for this. I will be saving to buy the hat when it hits the site for sure!
  2. by Alexander Fury .

    Gareth Pugh to show at Pitti Immagine 79

    Much to their chagrin, I pap-snapped twin talents Gareth Pugh and Ruth Hogben together yesterday at a press conference (and lunch) to announce that Gareth would be the latest Guest Designer at the august menswear fair. Pugh is planning an as-yet-abstract 'site-specific' performance and event in a unique building in the centre of Florence. Alongside Pugh's distinctly English eccentricity, Italian fashion is well represented, with Trussardi dal 1911 celebrating its centenary with a unique menswear show, and Alberta Ferretti showing a collection especially created for Pitti. Switching from Ferretti's floaty femininity back to the fair's root as a menswear showcase, acclaimed American Adam Kimmel will showcase an exclusive project for the fair, and Britain's Aitor Throup (a firm fave) will partner with Umbro on a new series of designs. The A/W action kicks off in January!

  3. by Alexander Fury .

    Florist opening at SHOWstudio Shop

    Saying it with flowers - whether an elaborate, overflowing cornucopia of flora or a faded clutch of petrol-station blooms - is recognised as a true sign of affection, and our Florist show is executed in a similar vein.

    Celebrating ten years of innovation, a clutch of fashion creatives have custom-crafted unconvetional corsages to celebrate our tenth birthday, include Antonio Marras of Kenzo, Jonathan Kaye of The Gentlewoman, art director Simon Costin and British couture stars Giles Deacon and Gareth Pugh. Alongside this custom display, which will grow throughout the months as new foliate tributes are added, floral still lifes abound in photography, sculpture and even film-projection: witness a whirling Kate Moss captured by Nick Knight for our 2007 Flowers For Kate project, and Daniel Brown's animated floral wallpaper unfurling up our staircase. Photography-wise, the heavyweights are Nick Knight, Sølve Sundsbø and Guy Bourdin, while sculptural pieces include a flower-massed headpiece by Andy Hillman, and Mary Temple's Light Fragment, recording the impressions of a springtime shadow across a fragment of hardwood floor and stucco wall.

    Generally, I prescribe to the maxim of Dior muse Mitzah Bricard who unblinkingly replied, when asked for the name of her favourite florist 'Chez Cartier' - I'm not much one for the flowery stuff. Then again, like Cartier's finest, none of our silk, leather or platinum-print blooms are prone to wilting anytime soon.

    Florist is open until 13 January at SHOWstudio Shop, 1-9 Bruton Place W1


    1. someonegreat
      10:34 23 Nov 2010
      Beautiful pieces - a fabulous foliate antidote to the harsh winter.
  4. by Alexander Fury .

    Miu Miu Press Day

    Miuccia Prada is evidently feeling bold for spring - not only for her mainline Prada collection (a riot of block-colour and poster-paint fox I witnessed up-close in the showroom in Milan) but also for her Miu Miu line, which I got to examine in detail at the label's press preview yesterday. This season patched and appliquéd leather was the order of the day in a collection that celebrated the crasser face of contemporary culture - apparently Mrs Prada was thinking of American Idol and X Factor contestants shouting for attention in garish get-ups. Those flame-patterned leathers were the order of the day, alongside acidic pleated silks splashed with sinuous prints, and some natty checkerboard dance shoes.


    1. amy.ireland
      16:36 11 Nov 2010
      After my absolute dream of a collection last season I was so disappointed by the fluoro! Although I did spot a little pale pink heart neckscarf at the back that i wish I could have snapped right up. Mmm Miu Miu.
  5. by Alexander Fury .

    Chanel Press Day

    Gilded lions' heads by Desrues buried in verdigris-encrusted chains like buried treasure? Biker boots covered in silky, fruit pastel-coloured bouclé tweed? A boxy, quilted leather handbag studded with enamelled ladybirds (chain-strap included)? Mon dieu, mesdames et messieurs, we could really only be at the Chanel press day!

    Having staged his spring collection in a monochrome recreation of Le Nôtre's trimmed and topiaried jardin à la française at Versailles, perhaps those ladybirds could be expected - alongside a few lacy dragonflies and a couple of gilt bee-clasps on those Chanel handbags.

    But they also collided with all the old-school Chanel-isms customers know and love: quitting, camellias, lots of tweed and a landslide of costume jewellery. The aforementioned lions' heads (created by master button-maker and costume jeweller Desrues) studded necklaces and bangles, the latter also cropping up studded with Maltese crosses in cabochon gems, and even striated with glitter. As for that double-C insignia? That was splattered with gay abandon across everything from hi-top trainers to the backs of those metallic picnic-invading ladybirds flecking the surface of the new 2.55.

  6. by Alexander Fury .

    Mary Katrantzou wins the 2010 Swiss Textiles Award!

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    One of my highlights of London Fashion Week (and, in fact, of the S/S 2011 season) was Mary Katrantzou's spectacular, spellbinding collection - a riot of 'devil-may-care extravagance and energy' (although my prediction that no woman will wear Katrantzou's fringed lampshades was proved spectacularly wrong by the powerhouse that is Anna Dello Russo). Today came the news that she is the latest recipient of the EUR100,000 Swiss Textiles Award, whose roll-call of previous winners include Alexander Wang, Rodarte and Marios Schwab. The award is not only about creativity and innovation, but also marketability - something Katrantzou has in the bag: her stunning silk frocks are stocked worldwide and sported by thousands of women (with fans of both her high-end range and sell-out line for Topshop - another is on the cards for February). Katrantzou herself is due to come in to the LiveStudio later this year as part of our events programme for the upcoming SHOWstudio Shop Florist exhibition. More details very soon!

  7. by Alexander Fury .

    Emporio Armani and Giorgio Armani Press Days

    As the temperature drops to freezing (well, in the office at least), paradoxically the S/S 2011 round of press days has just begun in earnest. First up today is the Armani Empire, straddling New Bond Street with press days for Emporio to our left and Armani mainline to the right. The key piece at the former was the 'body sock' - a somewhat unappealing name for what is actually a rather charming piece of clothing, a stretch-tulle dress that swathes the body as a longer layer beneath neat, graphic dresses or as ruched leggings beneath shorts. The layering theme was also reflected in the menswear, and the semi-transparency echoed in perforated footwear and a neat line in distressed jacquard. Across the street at Giorgio Armani, we were awash in blue for the Tuareg-inspired mainline - from woven raffia evening sandals through embroidered and draped gowns all the way to the collection's leitmotif, a draped silk turban that seems an oddly appealing headwear option come next summer. Maybe Signor Armani can make them in a hardy waterproof gabardine for our somewhat less balmy British summertime?

  8. by Alexander Fury .

    Stephen Jones Interview Now Launched!

    It's impossible not to adore Stephen Jones - both the man himself, and his spectacular hats, are expressions of fashion at its joyous best best. Coming hot on the heels of the September opening of Jones' retrospective Stephen Jones & The Accent of Fashion at the MoMu–Fashion Museum in Antwerp and his OBE for Services to Millinery in February, we are proud to launch our latest In Fashion interview with the master milliner.

    In this exclusive interview recorded earlier this year - with my very privileged self - Jones recounts his illustrious career to date, the amazing intricacies of his working methods with iconic fashion designers including Marc Jacobs, John Galliano and Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons, and his creation of hats for clients as diverse as Steve Strange of Visage and the Princess of Wales - for whom Jones recalled he made the exact same beret in the early eighties. Alas, tight as these edits ever are, the latter anecdote couldn't make the cut, but in Jones' own recollection, 'Steve Strange wore it in the video for Mind of a Toy… the Princess of Wales wore it to, I think, launch a ship.'

    Unique, humorous and absolutely fabulous, Stephen Jones' sensational creativity is the fitting focus of our latest In Fashion film.

    Click here to view film


    1. CarrieScott
      16:41 29 Oct 2010
      fabulous. totally.
  9. by Alexander Fury .

    Mother of Pearl S/S 2011

    Coming as it does at the end of the international round of collections, the Frieze art fair earlier this month felt like the perfect time to launch the latest collection from Mother of Pearl, the clothing collection designed by Damien Hirst's wife Maia Norman - and not just for that rather obvious art-world connection. The label collaborates with figures from the contemporary art world to devise exclusive prints and fabrics for their collections: but, as Norman herself states 'I keep it very practical, and wearable. It's not just art for art's sake'. For proof of that, one need only look at the neat little romper-suits sported by the label's PRs at their presentation at London's Haunch of Venison gallery. The fact the graphic jacquard fabric was the result of a Carsten Holler collab for A/W 2010 seemed secondary to the aesthetic considerations of the outfit. The same was true of this season's collaboration with artist Jim Lambie, presented on a series of flower-headed mannequins dotted about the gallery, or framed poster-style in a sandwich of glass sheets. For S/S 2011, Norman and Lambie chose a selection of prints from his archival work and then applied them to fabrics - fine silk crepe-de-chine, organza and even nappa leather - which were then crafted into simple sportwear-influenced pieces. Norman relates that it is a case of working with the artists' existing work, but translating that into clothing - and specifically, seeing which works best within the realm of fashion. Lambie's trademark assemblages seem the perfect choice - case in point the gaffer-scarred silk number Norman herself was wearing. Any music or art buff would recognise the eyes peeping out from behind the tape as coming from Lasmbie's cover of Primal Scream's Dirty Hits LP - but to the uninitiated, it registered as a clever twist on fashion's continuing obsession with pretty printed frocks, and one that looked mightily desirable into the bargain.

  10. by Alexander Fury .

    Milan Fashion Week - Season Report

    I always smile wryly when I hear a midwestern drawl dragging the Italian fashion capital's vowels out from Milan to 'Mil-yawn'. How apt for our third stop in the fashion month, where creativity traditionally plays second-fiddle to commerce, and has recently been relegated to third behind that other dirty c-word - celebrity. Not so with the S/S 2011 collections, where Milan managed to shock, surprise and delight just about every worn-out fashion hack with a fresh infusion of energy and vivacity.

    It shouldn't surprise us quite as much as it did; after all, the Italians turn out spring/summer much, much better than their frosty Northern European counterparts. But this season, it was the Italian collections I really wanted to shout about - those fringes at Versace, the leather at Gucci, Prada's insouciant, impudent, incredible banana prints and all that gobsmacking colour at Jil Sander. Those are the ones that leap to mind as stand-out favourites, but they were just the finest in a stellar bunch of shows. Even if you didn't like a collection, there was something that impressed - the workmanship, the craftsmanship, the showmanship. Here's to Milan - and to more of the same next season.

    Click here for Milan Season Report

  11. by Alexander Fury .

    Paris Fashion Week: Giles Deacon for Emanuel Ungaro

    At the house of Emanuel Ungaro, 11am is cocktail hour - at least, it is under new Creative Director Giles Deacon, who doled out the champagne and macaroons this morning at his first presentation for the house. It wasn't quite your typical chi-chi Parisian party: Giles is a Brit after all, hence we had an old-fashioned English garden party, with daisy-shaped lawn in real turf and flower-packed vintage cars as a centrepiece. The clothes themselves were the perfect meshing of English eccentricity and French cinq-à-sept seduction, draoed, ruched, laced and embroidered with flowers and feathers. As light and refreshing as a glass of champagne - or a macaroon, in fact. Fabulous was to start day seven (day seven?!) of the Paris collections.

  12. by Alexander Fury .

    Paris Fashion Week: Galliano's grandeur

    Here is a snap of the finale of the John Galliano show this afternoon in Paris' packed Opéra Comique - without a doubt the best show I have seen all season. Scratch that: it's quite possibly the best show I've ever seen. It creates wonderful fashion when a designer throws caution to the wind and goes with their gut instinct. But when that designer is John Galliano, one of the great geniuses of our time and, in my opinion, the great fantasist of twentieth and twenty-first century fashion, the results are awe-inspiring.

    This season, I've sometimes felt as if I've been numbed - as, it seems, has the rest of the fashion pack. Few people have leapt up to nominate a single show as outstanding - when pushed, a few have confessed to having difficulties remembering individual shows, so easily has everything melded together into one great, never-ending morass of clothing.

    The really great thing about Galliano's show was the passion behind it - it radiated out of those garments, it was almost visible, and it was utterly intoxicating. It was a fashion show that will be impossible to forget, what we hope against all hope to see in Paris. Utterly magical.

  13. by Alexander Fury .

    Paris Fashion Week: Maison Martin Margiela

    The prize for invitation innovation at Paris Fashion Week almost always goes to Maison Martin Margiela. They've sent out backstage passes, inflatable rubber sex-dolls, matryoshka envelopes and, this time, a google map flipbook to narrow down the location for their shows. They're our next stop at the Paris Collections.

  14. by Alexander Fury .

    Anna Dello Russo in Gareth Pugh

    Here is a trio of images captured by the immensely talented Tommy Ton of Jak&Jil of his (and our) favourite street style icon Anna Dello Russo as she prepared for the Vogue Masked Ball last night. And, truth be told, we like to feel we played a little part in making the magic happen, as Anna is sporting a sensational, gladiatorial and decidedly one-off Gareth Pugh headpiece from our Shop, alongside a custom Peter Dundas for Pucci number. It's all about the look - and this is one of Anna's greatest yet. I'm sure she'll take that as a challenge to dazzle us even more as the Paris collections continue to unfold this week.


    1. restopesto
      16:34 1 Oct 2010
      wowww. she looks amazing.
  15. by Alexander Fury .

    Milan Fashion Week: A fond farewell

    I snapped this rather striking piece of Milanese public art outside of yesterday's Salvatore Ferragamo show (along with four thousand other blog-happy cameraphone users), just as we pulled into our final 24-hours of shows here in Milan. I couldn't help but compare it to the similarly empathic and aggressive mood of the Italian collections for S/S 2011 - it felt as if Milan was dragging itself back from the brink of extinction. Well, maybe that is a touch too dramatic, but certainly it felt Milan's designers were asserting its place as a premier fashion capital and a must-see on the collections circuit.

    This season, Milan pushed for a healthy six-day slot in the fashion week schedule, after the A/W 2010 shows were shown across five days, with the vast majority of major shows crammed into just three. Comparing the breakneck pace of last season with this one, the mood amongst the press and buyers in Milan is entirely different. And whats more, it's been reflected on the catwalks. Confidence has been the overriding tone of the shows, whether it was the ballsy confidence of Frida Giannini's North African luxury for Gucci, Raf Simons' bold experiments in colour and abstract form at Jil Sander, those riotous printed fringe-frocks at Versace or, indeed, the confidence of Dolce e Gabbana in wiping the slate clean for a new decade. The looks haven't always worked (I for one would have preferred a bit more showmanship and less schmaltz at Dolce, but I'm a maximalist at heart), but the confidence behind them was convincing.

    Stand out for me was Prada, a gutsy, love-it-or-lump-it show where Miuccia Prada wilfully pushed us to the edge of bad taste, and then some. At my re-see, I was struck by the inventiveness of the details, the neat use of hardy uniform cotton-twill in bright, childish colours to craft shapes that looked part Balenciaga, part Paul Poiret (echoed by those couture cocoons offered in Raf Simons' Jil Sander collection). And it's weird how people got stuck on tiny fragments of the show - maybe it's part and parcel of digital fashion and the culture of the accessible accessory that those details immediately rendered in high-res close-up during the show stream (and on all those very many macro-sized shots) become the focal-point of our attentions, rather than the overall look. Case in point are the Prada sunglasses, with their whirly-swirly ormolu earpieces in pastels outlined in black - they were one-off prototypes that had already been sent back to the factory, but everyone was clamouring to see them. I was assured they will be going into production - music to the ears of consumers and retailers alike.

  16. by Alexander Fury .

    Milan Fashion Week: Prada Re-See

    The lure of the Milanese showrooms is simple: you're probably not likely to see any Italian collection in its entirety anywhere else, and certainly not from a name like Prada, so editorially in-demand are these S/S 2011 sample garments. I've jokily christened this collection 'Chiquita Banana', and I think the tag fits well, as it seems as if Miuccia Prada's excursion this season was in a decidedly light-hearted mood. The whole collection, it transpires, is in cotton of varying weights and weaves and the simplicity of the fabric makes the ultra-bright colours and vibrant prints pop. The accessories too are primarily in cotton, mixed with leather - those oversized signature Prada buckles were actually stitched calfskin, the bags fastening with a handy magnetic closure. And of course, I couldn't ignore the those fabulous faux-made-real fur stoles in Pantone shades.

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