Found this late on Saturday night and now listening to and watching it on repeat. Glorious. Love it.
All Hustle No Love by 2TONE ft Reverie
If you happened to be in Shanghai this weekend, you might have caught YOHOOD2014 - the exhibition dedicated to the cult Be@rbrick toy, curated by my friend the actor, producer and entrepreneur Edison Chen.
He asked me to customise the Be@rbrick, so inspired by Edison's Instagram where he posts pictures of clouds from his long and very frequent airplane journeys I decided to make my Be@rbrick out of the time-lapse clouds I photographed this summer, suggesting a world free of national boundaries, one people, no divisions.
My morning was made all the more lovely by our wonderful collections artist Velwyn (who illustrated so brilliantly the London Collections this season) and who dropped off these delicious chocolates and a beautiful collage.
Thank you so much Velwyn.
I accept Kat Davey's ALS ice bucket challenge and nominate my beautiful children Emily, Ella and Calum Knight. Please donate at http://mndassociation.org/
More in the series of 'lovely things I get sent'. I was incredibly surprised and very flattered to get these personalised Stan Smiths Beats monogrammed slippers. Thank you Adidas.
A couple of weeks ago I had the great pleasure of interviewing Steve Strange, a joy and a revelation in itself, but after the interview Steve introduced me to his friend, the artist Mark Wardel. Mark had a cast of David Bowie's face from the seventies from which he had created this beautiful and extremely lifelike mask of the Aladdin Sane Bowie image. To my delight and total surprise a week later, a box appeared on my desk that contained the 'Pin-Ups' version. Life is wonderful at times. Thank you Mark.
I often get really lovely things sent to me at SHOWstudio.
Today's lovely object was Steven Meisel's Miu Miu campaign catalogue.
I will post the wonderful things I get sent on the blog to share them with you.
Our Lou prays that we can have a SHOWstudio office pet
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
My good friend Matthew Williams sent me a link to Jon Rafman's work.
Just wanted to share it with you as I feel its an exciting example of a new aesthetic.
After returning from my holidays, I found a suprise gift from the lovely Ruth Hogben waiting for me. Unwrapped was the most beautiful teapot, which will be sure to make an appearance in our up and coming Live panel Discussions. Thank you Ruth!
I have asked the wonderful Ruth Hogben to work on the films for the Met show Punk, Chaos to Couture. At 1.30 in the morning Ruth sent me this, the many different layers on her Final Cut Pro time line, which shows the complexity of some of the films she is putting together.
Impressive, beautiful and exciting.
3D scanning has been a central theme of SHOWstudio's content and vision.
I have been creating sculpture from 3D scans for at least the last decade and working with an amazing man, Kev Stenning, from Rapido 3D who can push the parameters of this new medium further than one could imagine.
I have scanned, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Lady Gaga, Liberty Ross, and Daphne Guinness to name just a few.
Our second project to ever launch on the fledgling SHOWstudio was called Sweet and was 3D scans of Jane Hows recreation of her favourite pieces from the collections recreated completely from sweet wrappers.
I fell in love with this new way of creating imagery, that combined scanning and photography, but looked like nothing I had ever seen before.
The 3D scan showed the model as a surface as if they were egg shells delicate and precise.
What I loved most was that the scanner could not tell if a reflection was a solid object and wether that object was coming towards it or receding away from it.
Confusing the computer became a game and I indulge in as often as I can, and confusing this one made it create forms that followed a logic unknown to anything I had seen.
The result is beautiful.
Models that fragment and tear, twist like the metal of a tin can and inhabit space in an entirely new way.
The next project on the new SHOWstudio was JWalk, a project investigating Motion capture.
Mo Cap as it is referred to, involves putting a person in a special suit where every articulating part of the body is attributed a small reflective disk and the information from those disks is captured and used to create lifelike human movement. Often used to represent lifelike fighting in video games.
However, I put J Alexander in a motion capture suit and captured his "Naomi Campbell walk".
J Alexander , for those who don't know, is the go-to man to teach the latest 'just discovered working behind the tills in a supermarket' and now Stephen Meisel's latest Vogue Italia favorite, girl to glide and not stomp down the Paris runways.
He is also the wonderful cross dressing presenter in Americas Next Top model.
And at the time it was my desire to combine both the 3D scans from Sweet and the motion capture of JWalk to create a virtual model.
SHOWstudio is the laboratory for new ideas, however some ideas take longer than others to come into reality and not just stay in my mind.
13 years later and many, many 3D scanning projects later, I have at last managed to create my first virtual model.
She is, in fact, the wonderful Ming Xi, one of the most brilliant models I have worked with, and the campaign is for the Chinese Store Lane Crawford.