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  1. by Ben Knight Evans .

    Kenji Hirasawa: Celebrity

    Yesterday we attended the private view of SHOWstudio.com Contributor and explorative photographer Kenji Hirasawa's new show, simply titled 'Celebrity'. Based on a series of thermographic images capturing Madame Tussaud's' icons of wax and their admirers, the exhibition is a colourful examination of idolatry and the relationship that the public has with its public figures. A vibrant cousin of Designer Purikura, Hirawsawa's pop-art photo-booth project for SHOWstudio.com back in 2007, Celebrity is on show at KK Outlet, 42 Hoxton Square from Friday, July 8.

    Ben Knight Evans

  2. by Ben Knight Evans .

    House Of Organza presents MUSE

    SHOWstudio officially got the Thursday night blues yesterday evening attending 'Muse', the latest installation from stylist Kim Howells and designer Lyall Hakaraia's creative collective, House Of Organza. Themed around the works of Yves Klein, several designers including our inaugural Les Smokings créateur Craig Lawrence, fashion recyclist Dr. Noki, accessories wizard Fred Butler and milliner Piers Atkinson were given a metre of blank canvas from which to muster their own blue pieces, which also appeared worn by 'Mr. Roy' in a film by Daniel Sannwald. Lawrence's gloves in his signature knit and Noki's cocoon were particular hits, as were the blue drinks which ran the gamut from blueberry juice to WKD. Conspicuous in her absence was Smurfette, though this was assuredly compensated for by the attendance of Venus' own Danni Daniels in little more than a slick of Klein's finest for modesty preservation.

    Ben Knight Evans

  3. by Ben Knight Evans .

    Paris Fashion Week: Junko Shimada

    The Junko Shimada show, held at the Espace Pierre Cardin took an aptly 60s futurist edge to a softer side of florals, lace, enveloping furs and pastels. The daywear and tailoring had a more 50s flavour however, a time-travelling woman the Shimada woman certainly is.

  4. by Ben Knight Evans .

    Paris Fashion Week: Jean-Charles de Castelbajac

    Jean-Charles de Castelbajac's show this afternoon took his beloved playful surrealism back to the old-school, literally. Using cello details -a favourite motif of the original master Man Ray- before going full-blown with iconic Man Ray prints, JCDC presented a collection that placed a country manor feel (dog and horse-blanket coats, picnic plaids) alongside the more Pop surréalisme. Also in the mix were a 101 Dalmations print, fox-gloves, photogram handprints and House of Horrors sequinned skeletons.

  5. by Ben Knight Evans .

    Paris Fashion Week: Commuun

    Commuun's show at the Maison de la Chimie featured a collection geometric in theme, pattern-cut so that most seams hung vertically and horizontally on the body with 90° precision. The occasional foray into wavy bands of colour provided interest, as did the fact that every look featured several different fabrics in layers, from see-through jersey and voile to treated silks and deep-pile wools in a collection that was defined and pleasant to digest.

  6. by Ben Knight Evans .

    Paris Fashion Week: Alexis Mabille

    Alexis Mabille's A/W 2011 collection continued on the distinct note of bourgeois struck by Jean Paul Gaultier yesterday. The show -which began with a maid opening the curtains through which the models entered the hall from the bitter Parisian cold outside- had a heavy Country Living vibe to it, with equestrian details such as braid and blanket coats sitting alongside paisley print. This new direction in some ways alienated the Mabille signature pieces of soft-yet-neat tailoring with carefully placed bows, yet these stood out as the more chic and desireable pieces. Surefooted as this new direction seemed from Mabille and his confident stride at the finale, doubt from the viewer was enhanced by the tumble of several models from leather-tasseled heels to the parquet floor.

  7. by Ben Knight Evans .

    Paris Fashion Week: Felicity Brown at the London Showrooms

    At the London Showrooms on the Rue Richelieu, we have an opportunity to get a closer look at the work of several London designers. Firstly, we saw Felicity Brown and her collection of dresses with sawn-into layers of silk inspired by costume and distinctly remeniscent of the Ballets Russes. With beautiful colours and Scheherezade batik-style patterns, the collection revealed layers of boning, lacing and corsetry in a simultaneously savage and delicate fashion.

  8. by Ben Knight Evans .

    Paris Fashion Week: Yohji Yamamoto

    This evening's Yohji Yamamoto show was predominantly punk in theme, with generous historical reference. Formed largely of fabrics that both cloak and reveal (read: crochet, voile and broderie anglaise) mostly in black with the occasional burst of crimson and khaki, the collection spliced in elements of historical dress such as the bustle, crinoline and stomacher in ever-intriguing ways. The show was seemingly similar in theme to the punk ethos in a 'trashing one's forefathers' sort of way, yet such respect, thought and care was applied to the treatment that the atmosphere was infinitely more refined and positive.

  9. by Ben Knight Evans .

    Paris Fashion Week: Maison Martin Margiela

    The Maison Margiela Margiela show this afternooon at the Palais de Tokyo was one that addressed the concept of dressing in a way that Margiela does so interestingly. Exploring the notion of wrapping and unwrapping, with peeling layers at front and back and boots with fishnet tights wrapped on the outside, the collection featured rich and soft fabrics (leather, cashmere, pony) and colours (raspberry, aqua, lavender) against powerful black looks, some with beautiful 20s flapper-style beading.

  10. by Ben Knight Evans .

    London Fashion Week: Tween

    Turkish textile brand Tween's show at Somerset House was a neat and tidy collection for a rough and ready man. Many models carried rolled-up blankets and sported waxed denim and cotton like a portable tent in a show of luxurious utilitarianism. Bringing to mind the storied explorer's paradox of living luxury at home and practicality in the harsh of the unknown; features such as leather and quilted patches under the forearm provided interest in detail which was explored further in quilted trenches.

  11. by Ben Knight Evans .

    London Fashion Week: Hardy Amies

    At Hardy Amies on Savile Row, Claire Malcolm showed her A/W 2011 collection for the historic and royally patronised house. Alongside the tailoring of coats and suits -that was of course immaculate- also sat greatly desirable knitwear including rollnecks and ribbed cardigans, largely coming in greys but also in a crystal-bright aqua and deep maroon. The collection communicated a confident relaxation, and succeeded in proving once again the gentleman's love of Savile Row tailoring is modern and eternal.

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