The Autumn/Winter 2015 womenswear collections begin tonight with New York Fashion Week! As usual we’ll be covering the shows with our signature selection of live social media feeds, runway shots, show reports and illustrations as well as our live panel discussions.
Lou Stoppard and a host of industry insiders will be discussing some of the season’s most noteworthy shows as well as the wider subjects surrounding the state of contemporary fashion. Here’s what you can expect from SHOWstudio in the coming month:
The experts explore the identity of New York Fashion Week and the growing interplay between sportswear and high fashion. In the wake of Wang's H&M collection, they'll also discuss high street / designer collaborations - when they work well and why?
Tune in for a discussion of the late Oscar de la Renta’s influence and iconic moments, the appointment of Peter Copping at the helm of the label and his past work, plus a look at the complex subject of new appointments at old houses. The panel will also debate the question of evening dressing - is dressing up over?
Lou Stoppard will be leading a conversation on fashion education. Why is London the centre for fashion schools, how likely is this to change, and how are tuition fees and arts cuts damaging fashion education? The experts will also talk about the influence of the late Louise Wilson.
This live panel will see the industry insiders examine London as the fashion city of showmanship as well as the influence of club culture on the fashion world and the pros and cons of licensing for Pugh and other designers.
Industry insiders will debate London’s key shopping streets and the ways they are changing, citing Kane’s Mount Street store as an example. They will also question whether London’s designers have failed to produce an ‘it’ bag and if so, why? Similarly they'll look at Kering’s investment in Christopher Kane and the potential young upstarts likely to gain financial backing in the future.
We'll begin our examination of the Milan shows with an in-depth look at the recent changes at the house of Gucci; the appointment of Alessandro Michele and his work so far and Frida Giannini’s legacy. The panel will also chat about the death of the star designer and why we’re seeing appointments from ‘behind-the-scenes’, as well as the future of traditional leather goods in the age of technology.
Our panel discussion on THE show of Milan fashion week will include conversations on gender and whether menswear and womenswear should be shown together, the issue of approaching the Chinese market intelligently and the question of which young designers could eventually replace Miuccia Prada.
A group of industry experts will talk Vaccarello’s appointment at Versus, the identity of Paris Fashion Week and the relevance of ‘sexy’ dressing.
Topics of discussion in our Loewe panel will include the ingredients for a successful rebrand, the importance of advertising and imagery and the modern ‘it’ bag.
Our panelists will discuss the highly anticipated womenswear show under the creative direction of John Galliano and the response to his appointment so far, as well as the wider issues of media focus on designers and the relevance of the deconstructionist aesthetic.
Monday 9 March at 20:00 GMT - Saint Laurent panel discussion
Continuing our tradition of inviting a selection of students from London's finest art and fashion colleges into the studio to give us their thoughts on the contemporary fashion landscape, this livestream will see bright young things give their verdict on Hedi Slimane's Saint Laurent. They'll discuss their hopes and ambitions within the fashion industry, the brands that feel relevant and exciting to them and the A/W 15 season as a whole. They'll also give the definitive verdict on whether Saint Laurent is actually cool in the eyes of the kids!
Tuesday 10 March at 19:30 GMT: Alexander McQueen panel discussion
We’ll be wrapping things up with a discussion of the upcoming Savage Beauty exhibition at the V&A and exhibiting fashion in general and the tricky topic of designer biographies and the blurred lines of fashion reportage and gossip. The panel will also explore the McQueen brand now and the imprint of Sarah Burton.