Milan fashion week has flown by, but some of Spring/Summer 14 collections most mesmerizing designs have been captured by the talented Alexandra Levasseur with her multi-layered signature style artworks.
Tomorrow, 22 September, we'll be hosting a live panel discussion for the womenswear Spring/Summer 14 Marni show. Featured panelists include The Observer's Helen Seamons, journalist Katie Baron, style expert Tremaine Emory and Matthew Williamson's head of digital Rosanna Falconer. As usual, the panel will be chaired by Lou Stoppard.
Christie's auction house is celebrating one of the fashion world's most iconic muses, Kate Moss, in a specially commissioned auction featuring several iconic works depicting Moss, including a number of works by SHOWstudio creative director Nick Knight. Kate Moss - From the Collection of Gert Elfering includes photographs and artworks by the likes of Annie Liebovitz, David Sims, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Jurgen Teller and Allen Jones, all of which were selected from the collection of famed fashion photography collector Gert Elfering.
Knight's relationship with Moss dates back to 1994, when he shot the young icon for Vogue. The pair have gone on to shoot more than 14 covers of the magazine, and most recently have also collaborated on a number of SHOWstudio projects including Editing Kate and Moving Fashion.
For the auction, Knight and Elfering have selected several stunning works from Knight's oeuvre, and have also created new works of art. In one work, which was originally commissioned for the 2006 cover of The Independent's 'Africa' issue by Giorgio Armani, Moss appears as a darkened version of herself, boldly confronting the camera. In another, Knight gives us Moss' distinctive silhouette against 18 carat gold. Used as Vogue's December 'Gold' issue in 2000, this powerful abstraction of the icon sits within a longstanding art historical narrative about portraiture. Alongside these wonderfully rare archival works, Knight also debuts his first public foray into sculpture. Here, Moss is made into a porcelain angel, presenting celebrity as deity exclusively for the Christie's exhibition.
The auction will take place on 25 September but the exhibition is open to the public from September 21 to September 24.
Alexandra Levasseur has been busy all week capturing the S/S 14 collections in her multi-layered signature style. The riots of colour, print and embellishment on the Milanese runways have lent themselves perfectly to her aesthetic, though she's also perfectly embodied the more pared-back look at MaxMara. Take a look at Levasseur's drawings, including ones inspired by Fendi, Prada and Gucci, on our Tumblr or Collections page.
Our Milan panel discussions are in full swing! Tomorrow, 21 September, we'll be hosting two live panel discussions for the Milan womenswear Spring/Summer 14 season.
First off will be a Jil Sander chat at 14:00 BST. Tune in to hear AnOther's Laura Bradley, fashion writer Dal Choda, Ponystep's editor-in-chief Richard Mortimer, consultant and broadcaster Izzy Lawrence and fashion consultant Jack Tobin discuss the ready-to-wear season. Later, tune into our Moschino live panel discussion at 20:00 BST to hear from Amber Jane B, stylists Kim Howells and Anna Trevelyan, art director Fred Butler and once again, editor-in-chief Richard Mortimer.
Earlier this week, we were thrilled to have DIESEL's Nicola Formichetti in the studio to talk fashion with Lou Stoppard as part of our rolling In Fashion series. The candid interview covered a myriad of topics from Formichetti's experience working with Lady Gaga, to his vision for DIESEL and the reason why he left Mugler.
Formichetti disclosed, 'I wanted to turn Mugler into a big business, to have a big collection, stores and advertising and all those things, but it just wasn't the right time. So I needed more support, and yes I was kind of frustrated, so I was like 'fuck it, I'm leaving.' Candid!
Hot on the heels of Fashion Week, London's eye now turns to another week of festivities celebrating the city's creative output. Here at SHOWstudio Shop we join the rest of the city in welcoming the start of The London Design Festival! To mark the occasion SHOWstudio's director Nick Knight has been invited by the V&A to contribute to their multisite exhibition God Is In The Details now open until 22 September.
The museum, in partnership with Swarovski, asked Knight along with 13 other influential creatives, including Amanda Levette and Stephen Webster, to each select a piece from the V&A's extensive collection that best fit the 'detailed' thematic. Knight selected the Virgin and Child by Carlo Crivelli, 1480 which can be found in Medieval & Renaissance on the second floor. When asked why he chose the piece Knight said:
'I have often thought that we don’t actually 'see' an image, more that we feel it. Like a symphony, we are unaware of the individual notes. But if one is out of place, or is false or out of time, then it is obvious. Photographs, paintings and all images are visual compositions. Harmonious when they work and operatic when they are truly beautiful. When I work I believe it is the synaesthete part of me that makes me see images as sound. What I am searching for is the harmonies, the moment the image 'sounds' right. Every note has purpose and a reason to be there.'
The latest fashion expert to partake in our Punk: On the Runway series is Maya Singer, Style.com's special projects editor. Singer reminseces about Debbie Harry's hilarious appearance on The Muppets, praising her sexy, subversive look and peroxide hair.
'I really felt that her energy and her look and the Blondie music that she was singing on the show and everything else was this introduction to a whole world of things that were cool', she explains. 'Something about being dangerous and subversive and sly and not quite with the mainstream was very there for me in her performance and it generated this sense of curiosity about that time and that milieu.'
In this candid audio clip, the editor also discusses the legacy of punk, the relevance of its ever present symbols on the catwalk and talented new kids on the block, Meadham Kirchhoff.
Edited footage of Dylan Jones' In Fashion interview is now up! The GQ editor opened up to Lou Stoppard about his art college days, his misguided photography ambitions, his big break at i-D and how every magazine should have a libido. Watch the video now to hear Jones talk fashion, magazine editing and more...
Milan Fashion Week has begun! Following on from our Gucci chat, we'll be broadcasting a live panel discussion tomorrow, 19 September, at 17:00 BST to discuss the Prada Spring/Summer 14 collection.
Featured panelists will include PRISM's creative director Anna Laub, stylist to the stars Avigail Collins, blogger and editor of Liberty London Girl Sasha Wilkins, District MTV's editor William Oliver and fashion designer Maarten van der Horst.
We're thrilled to reveal that our new fashion week artist is illustrator Alexandra Levasseur! Originally from Canada, Levasseur studied Spanish in Costa Rica before moving to Barcelona to study creative illustration and visual communication. Her work has been featured in Barcelona's Picasso Museum, as well as in Juxtapoz magazine.
Levasseur's work is inspired by the constantly changing spectrum of human emotions. It often features figures with multiple faces or in the process of movement or transformation. She will be capturing looks from all the important Milan runways, including Prada, Fendi and Versace. Check out her drawings on Tumblr or our Collections page!
Today we kick off Milan fashion week with a live panel discussion revolving around the Gucci Spring/Summer 14 collection.
Featured panelists will include producer Andrea Gelardin, Vogue's style editor Emma Elwick Bates, HERO's editor Dean Mayo Davies and writer Camilla Morton. Chaired by Lou Stoppard, the panelists will review the collection live as it happens.
Tune in today, 18 September, at 13:00 BST to watch our Live Gucci panel discussion!
SHOWstudio videos now include chapter markers to easily allow you to jump from scene to scene in our videos.
We've rolled the feature out to our Collections Live Panel coverage, providing a list of clickable links beneath the player. These enable you to skip from topic to topic within the discussions, cutting to the highlights of the season that interest you most.
Dressing the Screen: The Rise of Fashion Film is an exhibition that brings together work by some of the world’s most famous and innovative fashion designers and film-makers and is the official fringe event of Digital Fashion Week Singapore 2013 - British Exchange. Curated by filmmaker Kathryn Ferguson and designed by System Sovereign X Fuur, the exhibition explores the origins, history and pioneering role UK filmmakers and designers have played in the development of fashion film.
Ferguson hosted the launch event last night which included a screening and Q&A session with filmmakers Amanda Boyle, Ruth Hogben, Elisha Smith-Leverock, Sarah Piantadosi, MarieSchuller and Ferguson herself. Chaired by fashion commentator Caryn Franklin the panel explored the trajectory of fashion film and how these savvy filmmakers challenge traditional representations of femininity.
On demand footage of the thought provoking discussion will be available on SHOWstudio soon. Stay tuned for updates.
London Fashion Week has flown by and all the while we've had our talented illustrator Valerie Servais interpreting the looks that catch her artist's eye. Over the last few days Valerie has captured the vivid likeness of the Mary Katrantzou, House of Holland and Preen shows and more! Observant fashion followers may have noticed her drawing away in the background of our live panels. View all of Valerie's illustrations on our Tumblr or the Collections page now!
Today, 17 September, we'll be hosting two live panel discussions to round off the London womenswear Spring/Summer 14 season!
Later on, at 15:00 BST, tune into our Meadham Kirchoff live panel discussion to hear from writer Harriet Verney, creative director Becky Smith, i-D digital editor Dean Kissick and fashion designer Maarten van der Horst.