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  1. by SHOWstudio .

    SHOWstudio unites with Northern Soul Girl

    Levanna Mclean is a young woman from Bristol who became an online sensation after uploading clips of herself dancing to northern soul music on YouTube under the psyendonim 'Northern Soul Girl'. The videos are filmed and edited by her mother Eve Arslett. Both Arslett and Mclean, who began uploading the videos while still a student at Winterbourne International Ridings Academy, were totally overwhelmed by the popularity of the videos, some of which have received nearly a quarter of a million views. In 2014, after the success of a video of her dancing to Pharrell William's Happy, she was invited by the musician to dance on stage with him at the Brit awards.

    Captivated by Mclean's carefree spirit, Nick Knight invited her to create a film specially for SHOWstudio. Katy England styled, selecting fashion by Gucci, Lanvin, Miu Miu and more. 'I prefer to think of northern soul as not having a particular style - the style is simply being who you are,' explains Mclean.

    Watch the film now - it's the happiest thing you'll see all day!

  2. by Marian Newman .

    The nails at Vivienne!

    29 models. 29 hair looks. 29 make up looks. 29 nail looks. This is one - gorgeousness! It's Marian Newman for MAC Transformations over black!

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    1. jon.emmony
      17:36 15 Sep 2014
      These are great x
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  3. by SHOWstudio .

    Tune in for two panels on Monday!

    Tune in on Monday 13 September as we continue our coverage of London Fashion Week with two live panel discussions. We begin the week with a dissection of the Erdem show. Lou Stoppard will be joined by LCF's Frances Corner, writer Dal Chodha, make-up artist Kay Montano and designer Caroline Charles at 11:00 BST. Then at 16:00 BST writers Hettie JudahBel Jacobs and stylist Cobbie Yates will be joining us to discuss Thomas Tait.

    Meanwhile, keep watching the Collections page for the latest on London Fashion Week!

  4. by SHOWstudio .

    LIVE: J.W. Anderson panel discussion as the show happens!

    Tomorrow, 12 September, 16:00 BST - don’t miss our J.W Anderson panel discussion! We will be joined by some very special guests to discuss the S/S 15 show, live as it happens! Milliner Stephen Jones, ICA curator Matt Williams, and stylist Andrew Davis will accompany director of Claire de Rouen Books Lucy Moore and broadcaster and documentary producer Maggie Norden as they discuss the young designer's newest collection. Chaired by SHOWstudio's editor Lou Stoppard, this panel is one to watch! 

  5. by SHOWstudio .

    Velwyn Yossy illustrates the London collections!

    Today we welcomed the beginning of London Fashion Week S/S 15 and with it a new guest illustrator! Velwyn Yossy is a London and LA based creative who works along the borders of design, illustration and fashion. She'll be taking up residence in the studio over the course of the London collections to paint her own interpretations of the shows. She's already completed her take on J. JS Lee! Head over to Tumblr and our Collections page to view her first artworks and keep watching for more!

  6. by SHOWstudio .

    Noritaka Tatehana's favourite music!

    If you watched our recent broadcast of shoemaker Noritaka Tatehana creating his signature heel-less shoes live in our studio, you might have heard some of his favourite songs playing in the background as he worked. Now you can listen to them at your leisure thanks to his new playlist in Fashion Mix. Featuring ten of the designer's top tracks, the playlist includes an eclectic selection of international artists including danish singer MØ, icelandic punk band Tappi Tíkarrass and British cult group The Smiths.

    Fans of the man lauded as one of the most important shoe designers of our time can visit his SHOWcabinet exhibition at 19 Motcomb Street until 7 November 2014. 

  7. by Lou Stoppard .

    Gold-leafing the cove!

    What a varied job I have! Fresh from chairing this morning's live Marc Jacobs panel discussion, I got to work covering the walls of our studio with gold leaf. As you can see Charlotte Knight and I are not afraid to get our hands dirty! Tune into our broadcasts all across fashion month to see brilliant expets discuss the shows while surrounded by gold. How very Spandau Ballet of us. Or maybe Goldfinger was the refeence. Or perhaps Tutankhamun. I'll have to ask Nick Knight, it was his bright idea.

  8. by SHOWstudio .

    Project Tea Cosy

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    BFC Headonism (the BFC's milinery initiative headed up by acclaimed milliner and SHOWstudio friend Stephen Jones) has teamed up with luxury china brand Wedgwood on Project Teacosy! Launched in 2009, BFC Headonism offers young milliners mentoring by Jones and showcasing opportunities with installations at London Fashion Week. Wedgwood has invited the four hatmakers - Awon Golding, Lizzie McQuade, Emma Yeo and Keely Hunter - to create a contemporary and unique tea cosy for a Wedgwood teapot, thus allowing them to investigate and celebrate the heritage brand's 250-year history of great craftsmanship and design. The designers were given privileged access to the Wedgwood pattern and china archives during their visit to the factory, documented in a short film here!

    Project Tea Cosy will be displayed within the Designer Showrooms at London Fashion Week from 12 to 16 September 2014 along with the other films documenting project.

  9. by SHOWstudio .

    Review Viktoria Kim's NYFW illustrations!

    The NYFW S/S 15 collections finished yesterday, but you can still head over to Tumblr to view illustrator Viktoria Kim’s wonderful illustrations of key runway moments! Kim has depicted her favourite looks from New York shows including Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, MBMJ, Thom Browne, Alexander Wang and Gareth Pugh, each executed in her delicate and beautifully fragile signature style. Enjoy them on Tumblr and within the Collections section of our site and stay tuned for the next lot of artistic interpretations from our resident London Fashion Week illustrator Velwyn Yossy.

  10. by SHOWstudio .

    Marc Jacobs panel discussion tomorrow!

    We're saying goodbye to NYFW with another of our signature live panel discussions! We'll be taking an in-depth look at the Marc Jacobs S/S 15 collection. SHOWstudio editor Lou Stoppard will be sitting down with The Independent's Alexander Fury, Wonderland's Andrew Davis, designer Caroline Charles and designer Peter Jensen to observe and analyse one of the New York season's biggest shows.

    Be sure to tune in tomorrow, 12 September at 10:00 BST to see the discussion as it happens. In the meantime, check out some of our previous panels and don't forget to revisit last season's serene show. 

  11. by SHOWstudio .

    The Noritaka Tatehana residency ends with a live shoot!

    Noritaka Tatehana's residency at SHOWstudio comes to close today as he completes a pair of his besopke heel-less designs live on camera. But there's more! After spending the last three days getting an in depth look at his creative process through our exclusive livestream, viewers will now be able to see the finished shoes modelled by longtime Noritaka-wearer Daphne Guinness in a fashion film directed by Nick Knight.

    Tune in now to see the shoes on film and don't forget to visit our SHOWcabinet exhibition celebrating the work of the Japanese designer, running until the 7 November 2014 at 19 Motcomb Street!

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    1. ferrius
      14:54 25 Oct 2014
      dying to watch it. Miss it but his work is one of the most intriguing and fascinating in recent fashion history.
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  12. by SHOWstudio .

    Three new essays on the subject of Girly!

    We launched our Girly project early this month with a live fashion film shoot examining 'fashion's relationship with overt, cartoon femininity'. We're excited to publish three essays further exploring different facets of the 'girly' trend - internet aesthetics, Luella and the problems of reclaiming girlishness.

    In an extract from her academic article The Problematics of Reclaiming the Girlish: The Powerpuff Girls and Girl Power, professor and expert on children's media Rebecca Haines deconstructs the 'girl power' movement, citing nineties cultural references from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the PowerPuff Girls to the Spice Girls. She explores the messages of 'girl power' and their appropriation by advertisers as well as the contradictions present in this incarnation of feminism, 'the relationship between girl power’s pro-girl rhetoric and its emphasis on the construction of a circumscribed feminine appearance must not be underestimated. As one crisis girls face is a preoccupation with their looks, emphasising appearance is problematic, but appearance is central to girl power’s attempts to reclaim the girlish.'

    MATCHESFASHION.COM's senior writer and shopping editor Chris Hobbs contributes an essay on fashion and the language of the web - inspired by the fact the 'girly' trend is heavily prevalent on and often inspired by social media sites such as Tumblr and Instagram. A self-confessed emoji addict, Hobbs writes about the fashion industry's use of these internet aesthetics, 'Daubing your brand in these mini pictures, for the moment at least, says 'we’re young, we’re with it and we’re a little bit off-centre.''

    Finally, fashion writer Ana Kinsella offers an ode to designer Luella Bartley and her influence on the current wave of girly fashion. 'While Luella's English Girl might be an idiosyncratic character, straight from the wardrobe of Withnail and I by way of the King’s Road, her wares appealed to a myriad of types.'

    Enjoy our three new essays while you wait for the fashion film - launching next week. And stay tuned for more content including an essay by writer and regular SHOWstudio panel guest Bertie Brandes, as well as interviews with fashion insiders who play key roles in making 'girly' popular - designer Ryan Lo and stylists Louby Mcloughlin and Lola Chatterton. 

  13. by Mandi Lennard .

    Rick Owens Signs Rick Owens

    This is a warning to anyone traveling on the top deck of any London bus traveling down Oxford Street this month. Do not be alarmed when you see a 25-foot torso of Rick Owens, weighing a whopping 1.5 tonnes, featuring 24 kilometres of hair and a fire-burning torch atop Selfridges' front façade. It's the centrepiece to the store's massive homage to the designer, marking 20 years since the inception of the Rick Owens label.
     
    Head to Selfridges at 18:00 BST this Saturday, 13 September, when Owens himself will be exclusively signing copies of his brand new book Rick Owens within the ground floor Concept Store. Part of The Masters, Selfridges lead creative scheme for this autumn, Owens fittingly signifies Master of Elements.
  14. by SHOWstudio .

    Watch Nick Knight's Killer Heels film!

    As part of their latest exhibition, Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe, Brooklyn Museum invited Nick Knight to create a film exploring fashion's most provocative accessory. Running from 10 September 2014 to 15 February 2015, the show offers a closer look at the high heeled shoe throughout history and includes more than 160 vertiginous pairs.

    Knight's film La Douleur Exquise acts as the perfect accompaniment, featuring bespoke glass slippers designed by Georgina Goodman, it recalls the shoe's fairytale association with the painful pursuit of love. Passion, tension, hardship and discomfort are all themes that underly this visual exploration of shoes. Watch the fashion film now!

  15. by SHOWstudio .

    Kristen McMenamy on working with Tim Walker

    The latest episode of our Subjective interview series is here! This week, Nick Knight gets supermodel Kristen McMenamy's perspective on a selection of images of her, shot by Tim Walker

    McMenamy explains how one photograph of her clad in armour surprised her by being the best of the whole shoot, when she felt that it wasn't working. 'That's when you have to trust the photographer,' she concludes. During the conversation she also speaks about her preference for working with photographers who direct her, 'oldie but goodies' as she calls them, and loving Walker's way of shooting - 'It's old school, the whole team goes to a big house and spends a week just taking time… you become friends and you gel and you have your dinners together and you have your lunches together and you stay in the same big house. I love that, it's probably like being on a movie set.'

    Of another photograph from Walker's Origin of Monsters series for Love magazine, McMenamy also recounts that the wings she was wearing almost caught fire - 'that would have been a good death, in a haunted house, because I would have haunted that house!'

    Watch the candid chat for the full story and stay tuned for another instalment next week! 

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