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  1. by Lou Stoppard .

    Farewell S/S 2013

    It's hard to believe that over the past four weeks we've had over fifty fashion experts through our doors. I'm not one to name drop, but I must offer Antony Price, Stephen Jones, Frances Corner, Bella Freud, Lily Cole, Jane Sheperdson, Philip Treacy, Susannah Frankel, Amanda Harlech, Daphne Guinness, Judith Watt, Colin McDowell, Hilary Alexander, Imran Amed, Madelaine Levy, Jo-ann Furniss, Fred Butler, Hywel Davies, Ruth Chapman, Iain Webb, Judy Blame, Mandi Lennard, Ruth Hogben, Caroline Evans, Harriet Walker, Anna Trevelyan, Roger Tredre, Caryn Franklin, Harriet Quick, Sasha Wilkins, Bay Garnett, Marion Hume, Anna Laub, Bronywn Cosgrave, Andrea Gelardin, Kay Montano, Karl Plewka, Rosanna Falconer, Angela Quaintrell, Carlo Brandelli, Trino Verkade, Verity Parker, Maggie Norden, Virginia Bates, Katherine Zarrella, Quentin Jones, Mimma Viglezio, Natalie Theo, Ronnie Newhouse Cooke, Michael Howells, Dilys Williams and Yasmin Sewell a sincere thank you - without your expertise our dream of dynamic, critical live fashion discussions could never have been realised. Special thanks, of course, go to our fabulous stalwart panelist Camilla Morton, who took part in multiple discussions, giving up a great deal of her valuable time. In the earliest planning stages of this season - when the exciting live panels were just a fragment of our imagination - Nick Knight joked that this month would be like 'one long party'. I stifled a nervous scream at the time - the organisational web of panelists and shows just seemed too daunting - but, in the end, he couldn't have been more right. It has been an absolute pleasure analysing the shows alongside so many fantastic, creative minds. Such was my enjoyment that at points I forgot that I was hosting the discussions and simply sat back in awe of some of the knowledge I was witnessing like a starry-eyed teen fashion fan.

    A huge thanks also goes to Indigo Clarke, Kiki Georgiou and Stephanie LaCava who have been out in the field while the rest of us reclined in luxury with tea and cake at Bruton Place. Your sharp show reviews are greatly appreciated. Our wonderful Tumblr-ist Rei Nadal deserves similar applause. She was faced with a hard task - covering all four fashion cities with just an iPad is no mean feat - but her charming illustrations have offered a cheery reminder of the sheer beauty of fashion. Additionally, Sean Cunningham's addictive backstage videos have given us a great insight into all the mischief that goes on behind the scenes.

    It goes without saying that we are also greatly indebted to our amazing band of SHOWstudio interns who, alongside the rest of the full time team, have helped make the innovations this season so successful. Li Yin, Nicholas, Sue, Jake, Sally, Younji - and of course Andrew and Monique - your professionalism, hard work, intelligence and at points sheer unrestrained mania has been incredible. We couldn't have done it without you.

    Roll on next season.

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    1. intern
      16:13 3 Oct 2012
      Aw lovely post Lou! Without you of course, none of this would have been remotely possible. Onwards and upwards to SHOWstudio x
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      09:51 10 Jan 2013
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  2. by Lou Stoppard .

    We've launched a live Instagram and Twitter feed!

    Our new collections design is all about embracing social media as a method of communicating fashion. From witty tweets to candid backstage snaps, we are pulling in all the commentary from fashion's great and good as they flit through fashion's four cities, iPhones in hand. As well as featuring key tweets and images in our collections feed - look at the amazing hair preparations backstage at Proenza Schouler - we have also launched a dynamic new live unit, the brain-work of tech-wizard Danny Brown. Check out all the collections-related Instagrams and Tweets from fashion week insiders live as they come in!

  3. by Lou Stoppard .

    Backstage with Val Garland!

    Make-up queen Val Garland is in New York (brushes in hand) ready to transform models into runway-ready visions. In keeping with our commitment to showing all the processes of fashion - not just the shiny final product - the wonderful Val is sending us hot-from-the-make-up-chair Instagrams live from backstage. Her imagery will be pulled straight into our newly launched collections feed, alongside various other exciting shots from the shows, as soon as our collections coverage kicks off! In the meantime - check out her gorgeous look from the BCBG show.

  4. by Lou Stoppard .

    Nick Knight and the Golden Girls (and boy) at the Olympics!

    Last night the Olympic closing ceremony gave old Gianni a run for his money as Britain's most iconic supermodels took to the 'catwalk' to celebrate homegrown fashion talent. Forget Linda, Cindy and Christy - this time Naomi strutted her stuff alongside Kate Moss, Karen Elson, Stella Tennant, Lily Cole, Jourdan Dunn, Georgia May Jagger, Lily Donaldson and David Gandy, all of whom arrived on stage in lorries boasting giant Time Square-worthy self portraits, captured by our very own Nick Knight. Aptly the gang were clad in gold, including a very fetching Christopher Kane Metal mesh and Swarovski crystal trouser suit (worn by Stella) and two Alexander McQueen showstoppers (on Kate and Naomi).

    To see Nick Knight's Oscar-worthy imagery - titled Midas Touch - up close pick up a copy of British Vogue's September issue.

  5. by Lou Stoppard .

    Fashion Fetish film by Lily Donaldson now live

    'I wanted the video to feel a bit unpalatable and seedy - like a crappy old VCR that's been found and put on YouTube. Very dodgy and amateur.'

    Today SHOWstudio is thrilled to unveil a new Fashion Fetish film by Lily Donaldson. The model was not content to limit her offering to bondage, bums and breasts - the usual fashion-does-fetish stomping grounds - instead choosing to champion a more unusual erotic group, the 'furries'. For those innocent souls who haven't stumbled across this particular perversion, 'furries' refers to individuals who have sexual fascinations with cuddly anthropomorphic animals. Some committed enthusiasts even cultivate special animal personalities, or 'fursonas' as they call them (I kid you not).

    'I realised it might be interesting (and fun) to explore something that I didn't immediately relate to or understand within a sexual context,' says Lily. 'I understand the eroticism of a fetish such as bondage but furry soft toys as eroticism is such a bizarre idea.'

    Lily's own 'fursona' is part cuddly cat part lingerie-sporting pin-up. Watch Tiger-Lily in action now!

  6. by Lou Stoppard .

    Journalist Nicolas Niarchos unpicks Mao's relationship with multiples

    Coinciding with the display of the Gao Brothers' challenging bronze The Execution of Christ in SHOWstudio’s Death exhibition comes a scholarly essay from journalist Nicolas Niarchos. System = Power = Ideology starts with one of Mao's early poems, Tapoti, which problematises the relationship between single parts and multiples. This tension is explored with reference to some recent articles in the hope that this fertile aspect of Mao's thought will once again be open to enquiry.

    The essay is spoken over silent footage of London from the top floor of the 148 bus at first during rush hour and then at dawn, punctuated by Google image grabs of some of the things referred to in the piece. Without explicitly linking text and footage, the film grounds the theoretical discussion in quotidian London scenes. The film shows one and many cities, deliberately focusing on a hodgepodge of urbanism and a web of different lives and systems. It offers a musing on something wildly alien to this reality, though somehow hopelessly linked to it.

    View Nicolas Niarchos' System = Power = Ideology now.

  7. by Lou Stoppard .

    There's a taxidermy LiveStudio on its way!

    As if we didn't spoil you enough with our recent run of live events - including real-time interviews with J.W Anderson and Meadham Kirchhoff and live residencies from Phoebe English and Void of Course - we've gone and planned a run of Death themed live shenanigans to keep you entertained. Shop Director Carrie Scott is keeping things sinister by inviting a range of artists and creatives into the studio to showcase their unique dark arts. First up is taxidermy artist Rose Robson, who'll be channelling Hitchcock by creating a sculptured work out of multiple dead birds. Stay tuned on 1 and 2 August to see her in action.

    To whet your appetite in the interim embrace all things mournful by visiting our Death installation at Bruton Place.

  8. by Lou Stoppard .

    Nick Knight's archive

    'I found this image whilst going through my archive yesterday. It is the beautiful Shalom Harlow and was shot for a Dior campaign but never used.' - Nick Knight

    For more magical Instagram imagery follow SHOWstudio on Twitter and Tumblr.

  9. by Lou Stoppard .

    Today's live In Fashion interviews are complete

    Today's In Fashion interview double whammy is now complete. It was a real privilege to sit down with J.W. Anderson and Meadham Kirchhoff, two of London's most acclaimed talents. If you missed the live broadcasts, don't worry! We'll be putting full on-demand footage of both interviews on site shortly and will also be supplying our signature edited film. To keep busy in the interim revisit some of our past In Fashion interviews - we've sat down with everyone from Simone Rocha and Phillip Lim to Suzy Menkes and Anna Dello Russo.

    A big thanks to Jonathan, Edward and Benjamin for visiting us at Bruton Place!

  10. by Lou Stoppard .

    Fashion Fetish essay by Emer O'Toole now live!

    'There’s power in ambiguity – in being able to expose people's prejudices and expectations. There’s pleasure in playing with cultural signifiers. In this way, head shaving can function as a feminist act – it breaks down learned beliefs about how men and women should behave, and helps to create a visually less gendered society.'

    Most of us like to think that body hair is a personal issue, confined to the discreet salon or private bathroom. Not Emer O'Toole! This brave lady took her hair dramas public, penning a pointed piece on her decision to leave all her body hair untamed on Vagenda. The piece went viral, leading to an appearance on This Morning where O'Toole showed off her hairy legs and armpits in all their glory.

    Today O'Toole turns her writing skills to SHOWstudio, offering up a witty yet thought-provoking piece on head-shaving, drawing on her own decision to go bald not once but twice. The piece, a response to Ellie Grace Cumming's Fashion Fetish film, is live now. Have a read!

  11. by Lou Stoppard .

    Follow us on Twitter and Facebook

    To give SHOWstudio viewers even greater access to the gowns and goings-on at the Paris couture shows Nick Knight has been offering up candid Instagram shots straight to our Twitter and Facebook accounts. Tune in for daily updates hot from Knight's iPhone. Today's most recent treat - Givenchy. Tisci's gone dark this season, with raven black fringing and laser cut leather.

    Catch us on Twitter and Facebook for more couture!

  12. by Lou Stoppard .

    Here comes the bride...

    Hot from Nick's camera is the gorgeous Ms Wixson playing blushing bride at Chanel Couture. White swan meets Charlize Theron in Snow White and the Huntsman. Divine.

  13. by Lou Stoppard .

    More couture...

    To compliment our Couture Collections coverage - comprised of speedy catwalk imagery courtesy of NOWFASHION and show reviews from Stephanie LaCava - Nick Knight has been giving us an extra dose of fabulousness via Instagram. So far we’ve been treated to close up shots of Raf Simons’ recreation of the Chelsea Flower Show at Dior and some stunning visions of Karlie Kloss as she took her sultry turn on the Versace catwalk.

    His more recent posts are equally inspiring, from his shots of the dramatic looks on show at Giambatista Valli to his exclusive snapshot of last night’s Chanel preview event.

    'I spent a delightful and really fascinating evening watching Karl show a few select guests including the beautiful Chinese actress Zhou Xun a preview of tomorrows show. Amanda Harlech as wonderful as ever telling me about each piece. Couture really is unbelievable close up. Some of the clothes so delicate you would think they were made of smoke they were so light! Karl also announced the name of his new bag 'The Choupette',' says Nick.

    Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to see all the action and to catch more from Nick's couture camera!

  14. by Lou Stoppard .

    A tiny bit of fashion history

    It's finally here. Shortly Raf Simons will make his debut at Dior, presenting his first couture collection live from Paris. To whet your appetite here's a New Look-esque snap from his acclaimed final turn at Jil Sander (the dresses were so beautiful that the models actually cried!). During our In Fashion interview on Friday, feted fashion commentator Colin McDowell said that Simons appointment could mean that, 'couture can possibly have real meaning with women again.'

    To catch this moment of fashion history, and to get in on the debate for yourself, watch the show live on Dior.com. Magic.

  15. by Lou Stoppard .

    Men on the mind

    And so Milan menswear comes to an end. Rounding things off are newly-published show reports on Emporio Armani, DSquared2, Gucci and more.

    The hightlight? Well, show of the season has to be Umit Benan's theatrical display complete with perfect sturdy jackets and straight leg jeans. Finally, men dressed as men – a vision also explored at Calvin Klein – does this signal the coming end of androgynous young models and tight shrunken boyish tailoring? Here’s hoping.

  16. by Lou Stoppard .

    Reviews are in for Jil Sander, Burberry, Neil Barrett and Dolce and Gabanna!

    Jil Sander is back! Dolce and Gabbana head to Sicily! Burberry go rogue not vogue! Day one of Milan menswear is up and the reports are in. This seasons feels decidedly less predictable than last - less staid suiting than A/W. But, not content with the babysteps towards excitement Donatella went all out and offered us near-rude Roman warriors. Still, it's always better than Frankie Morello's 'I love pussy' t-shirts (I kid you not).

    Check out our reportage so far alongside catwalk imagery courtesy of NOWFASHION! And stay tuned for today for all the action from Bottega Veneta, Vivienne Westwood and...Prada!! 

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