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  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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!! 

  13. by Lou Stoppard .

    Touch down in Milan

    So it begins - aptly with the famous ticket shot institutionalised by Mr Fury! After a lovely - if roasting - sojourn in Florence I've just touched down in Milan ready for the onslaught of moda masculino. After the pace of Pitti - where one can idly wander from stand to stand and attend just two to three shows a day - Milan's timetable is starting to look even more like some kind of perverse endurance test; sweltering heat, packed schedule, anarchic taxi system...

    It's set to be an interesting few days - as much due to the political maneuverings behind the scenes as the turns on the catwalk. What will Jil Sander drop at her grand return? How naked will the Dsquared2 boys be? And finally - and most importantly - just what does Miuccia Prada have up her sleeve for this season?

    Stay tuned to our Collections pages for all the gossip and hot-from-the-runway imagery courtesy of the wonderful NOWFASHION.

  14. by Lou Stoppard .

    The Young Folk

    Today Carven's Guillaume Henry showed his collection in the Club Sportivo on the Via del Fosso Macinante. An undeniably childlike venue - where the accompanying signs offered prospects of ciclismo, tamburello and tennis - that complimented the schoolboy looks on show. I'd like to think of this as a sign of the times. Or more specifically, a reaction to the uncertainly currently facing our home continent. It occurred to me today that designers are going in two opposing directions with their clothes in response to the current financial unease. There are those who stiffen up, suit up and adopt a warrior like veneer - see the return of bankable tailoring last season in Milan - and those who bury their head in the sand amid the surrounding crisis and embrace escapism - exemplified by the trend for butter-wouldn't-melt doll-like looks floating around the catwalks last S/S (I'm looking at you Louis V). The Carven youth obsession falls into the latter pack. His clothes exemplify the safety, innocence and joy of childhood. Fight or flight seems to be the question. Don an suit and battle the bothers head on, or skip off to Carven-land where the grass (as Madame Carven herself ensured) is always green? Tricky.

    Full review of Carven will be up shortly!

  15. by Lou Stoppard .

    Excellent hosiery at Andrea Pompilio

    Today saw rising Italian talent - and fashion funny-man - Andrea Pompilio take to the floor as one of Pitti's featured designers. All in all he gave a strong offering, which cemented his status as master of reworked city-chic stapes. Best in show was his fabulous sheer hosiery - a perfect example of his penchant for tongue-in-cheek accessories - which boasted lines up the back to give the effect of forties seamed stockings.

    Stockings have had a highly political career in fashion. During rationing money was so tight that some women resorted to painting the backs of their legs with a line of black ink to give the illusion of a fresh pair of tights. Are Pomplilio's colourful seams a willful comment on the economic state of the times? Probably not. But still, who can complain? Socks maketh the man. Invest.

  16. by Lou Stoppard .

    Delphinarium at Pitti

    Delfina Delettrez's imagination seems to know no bounds. The pieces on show at Delphinarium - her new exhibition at Galleria Antonella Villanova on the Palazzo Ricasoli in Florence - included baubles in the shape of crabs, mouths and eyes, displayed in all manner of exciting and, at times, uncomfortable, ways, such as in the centre of a bee-hive, or on a rotating decapitated mannequin head. Perusing the display was like entering the famous Dali museum in Figueres - everything planned to perfection, but nothing predictable.

    Similarly inspiring was the sumptuous setting, with the exhibition spanning four rooms of the historical building. Delettrez had worked closely with the space to ensure that each installation was presented in the perfect context - she told me 'the collections and the settings have the same importance' - and to ensure that the original visions behind each different collection were clear. The pieces on display were taken from a range of her series including Roll-in-Stone, inspired by Iain Banks' macabre book The Wasp Factory and Metalphysic, driven by Rome's beautiful architecture. She informed me that the rickety rotating green metal installation that housed a lot of her pieces captured her imagination because 'the movement of the machine makes the pieces look like they are in a dance. A mechanical dance! The mechanics of the machine inspired me to work on the mechanics of the body.'

    Delettrez has been producing jewellery for over five years. An offspring of the famous Fendi familia, creativity (and exotic luxury!) is in Delettrez's blood. But really, a child of the family who produced the infamous lust-item that is that Baguette bag shouldn't have any trouble turning her own hand to making fabulous accessories!

    But what drew this nice young girl to create such dark, subversive pieces? 'I love surrealism because it allows you to really follow the inner part of you, your imagination. And if you play with irony, there are no limits to the possibilities you can explore. With irony and surrealism combined you can go go go!'

    We at SHOWstudio are particularly fond of Delettrez's works. Those of you with a beady eye may remember that some of the pieces above featured in our luxury jewellery-cum-menagerie photo-shoot, Pussycat, Pussycat from earlier this year! So what's the store for the future? 'Colour', she assured me. 'Lots of colour'. We can't wait!

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