With everyone riffing around deconstruction, individualism, army surplus, gender bending and lace (all tied up with string), then you'd be wise to check out the back catalogue of superstylist Caroline Baker.Photo by Eddy Kohli from Tatler, June 1984
Becoming a Body Without Organs, After Deleuze is a work based on a performance by Kevin Brennan, an artist currently studying at the Slade School of Fine Art. Kevin and I collaborated to create a series of images for Re-Edition Magazine based in Antwerp. You can see the whole series here.
Savile Row brand Kilgour mark their Spring/Summer 2015 collection with a fashion film by Nick Knight and Kilgour’s creative director Carlo Brandelli. The second in the ‘Reflective Series’ after last year’s Kilgour: The Relaunch film, Reflective 2 uses mirrored boxes in black and silver built by Brandelli to reference the layers of development and ideas put into creating the A/W 15 garments.
As Brandelli himself explains; 'The idea was to arrange these as an installation and capture the image of a silhouette. The architectural nature of the sculptural layers building is a comment on how the thought process builds with layers of ideas.'
'I'd like to feel that we're doing something new all the time.' Steve Strange. 1959-2015.
Photograph by Holly Warburton.
Remember our Design Download: J.W. Anderson competition? Launched as a special Christmas gift to viewers, the project saw J.W. Anderson offer up not one but two patterns for a leather top and balloon skirt from his acclaimed A/W 13 collection. SHOWstudio invited viewers to create their own J.W. Anderson pieces from the pattern and submit images of their garment to a competition.
After much deliberation from Nick Knight and J.W himself selected Central Saint Martins student Ryan Rodriguez as the winner thanks to his dynamic fringed reinterpretation of the garment using chinese silk, poly latex and cotton. His pieces now star in a specially commissioned SHOWstudio fashion film by Jon Emmony. Watch it now, and revisit the crafty project as a whole.
Yesteday, 10 March, Venetia Scott visited the studio to talk about her life in fashion live on camera. On-demand footage of the stylist-turned-photographer's In Fashion conversation with Lou Stoppard is available to watch for a limited time only. Hear her discuss her 'anti-fashion' aesthetic, her early work at British Vogue, The Face and Nova magazines, her passion for 'stories rather than clothes', her long collaboration with Juergen Teller and the two characters that underpin all her shoots.
We invited Zurich-based fashion illustrator François Berthoud to be our guest Collections illustrator for the Paris Autumn/Winter 2015 season. So far, the acclaimed fashion artist has executed elegant drawings of runway looks from the Saint Laurent Paris, Veronique Branquinho, Givenchy, Chloe and Celine shows in his signature precise style.
Stay tuned for Berthoud’s final artworks on our Tumblr as he rounds up his SHOWstudio residency!
Tune in tomorrow, 10 March for a live interview with Venetia Scott. SHOWstudio editor Lou Stoppard will be talking to the stylist turned image maker at 15:30 GMT. Streaming live as part of our ongoing In Fashion interview series, the candid chat with Scott follows in the footsteps of interviews with numerous notable industry luminaries, including Craig Green, Jefferson Hack and Simon Foxton.
Don't miss the photographer discussing her distinctive style and collaborations with the likes of Juergen Teller, David Sims, and Marc Jacobs.
Born in Le Locle, Switzerland, Berthoud graduated from the School for Graphic Design, Lausanne in 1982, before moving between Paris, Milan and New York.
His early fashion illustrations were championed by Anna Piaggi in Vanity Fair, and he has since appeared in publications such as Vogue and Numero as well as advertisements for brands including Viktor&Rolf, Bulgari and Tiffany. In 2014, he drew upon his background as a cartoonist to produce an animated comic strip for Prada's Candy Florale perfume.
His experimental style is renowned for its precision and elegant eroticism, and his hand-made aesthetic employs the increasingly unusual technique of linocutting in order to capture both mood and moment with irony and artistry.
Stay tuned for the first of his works on the SHOWstudio Tumblr, and review the work of our guest Milan Fashion Week artist Gordon Flores while you wait.
Create your own Marques'Almeida campaign for the chance to win a piece from the label, fresh from the runway!
Encapsulating the undone aesthetic that underpins their collections, the Marques'Almeida S/S 15 campaign is the antidote to the photoshopped advertising imagery that dominates fashion. The M'A duo handed creative responsibility to their young studio team, the same crew that made the collection, and asked them to follow their intuition and dream freely.
In keeping with Marques'Almeida's passion for street-inspired fashion and their love for the raw, honest imagery of style titles such as The Face and early Dazed & Confused, SHOWstudio, Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida invite you to eschew Photoshop and the expensive production that goes behind polished high fashion campaigns and offer up your own home-crafted Marques'Almeida S/S 15 campaign.
Either style yourself in some new season Marques'Almeida, or choose something in homage to the brand - a vintage piece, some frayed denim to channel the M'A signature, an item borrowed from a friend or even nothing at all! The 'campaigns' can be as literal or as conceptual as you like. Use the images shot by M'A's brilliant studio team as your inspiration and get submitting via Twitter or Instagram using #MarquesAlmeidaxSHOWstudio or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The shots will be judged by Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida. They'll be looking for the most creative, inspiring entries - ones that capture and celebrate the M'A ethos the best. The winner will receive their very own piece of M'A clothing - an effortless, wear-with-anything, unisex baby blue denim tunic. The competition closes Monday, 13 April 2015. Get creative - all you need is an iPhone camera.
‘London’s a big part of me, who I am and what the work’s about,’ explained the designer on the subject of his decision to return to London Fashion Week. Pugh revealed that the themes of Englishness within his immersive Autumn/Winter 2015 show centred around the creative potential of the make-do-and-mend aesthetic, something he perceives as a particularly English style of beauty; ‘If you have all the money in the world and all the options available to you, you can get a little blind-sided with what you actually want to do,’ he reasoned. The conversation also covered Pugh’s path into fashion and his resistance to the commercial demands of the fashion industry.
Watch the conversation now, and be sure to take a look at footage from the Gareth Pugh Autumn/Winter 2015 show exclusively on SHOWstudio.
For Autumn/Winter 2015, Gareth Pugh celebrated the ten year anniversary of his eponymous label by returning to London Fashion Week and staging an immmersive show at the V&A styled by Katie Shillingford. The spectacle opened with a fashion film by Pugh's long-term collaborator Ruth Hogben, presenting a character engaged in a ritual act of liberation, cutting her hair and annointing herself with the Saint George's Cross. Hogben also filmed the runway show, complete with its soundtrack by Matthew Stone, featuring the chants of Sunderland Football Club.
Watch the fashion film alongside the show footage now, and explore our coverage of the show for runway images, social media feed and interviews with Hogben and nail technician Marian Newman.
The Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition at the V&A is fast approaching. To build excitement for the opening of the record-breaking retrospective on 14 March 2015, SHOWstudio was invited by the V&A museum to draw on the wealth of footage from our years of working with the late designer, to produce a trailer.
Edited under the direction of McQueen's friend and collaborator Nick Knight, the film shows some of his most famous work in movement and captures the breadth of his talent and the precision of his vision.
Lou Stoppard has been interviewing some of Alexander McQueen's closest collaborators as part of our upcoming Unseen McQueen series. Beginning 13 March 2015, Unseen McQueen will be a week-long celebration of Nick Knight's visionary work with the late designer. The interviews with stylist Katy England, nail artist Marian Newman, set designers Simon Costin and Joseph Bennett, Savage Beauty curator Claire Wilcox, writer Judith Watt, casting director Jess Hallett, Nadja Swarovski and Knight himself will sit alongside never-before-seen gems from Knight’s archive, from shoot footage to filmed interviews.
There's just 9 days to go until Unseen McQueen begins in conjunction with the opening of the V&A's Savage Beauty exhibition. Stay tuned!
The latest interview in our ongoing Subjective series is here. Nick Knight continues to explore the story of contemporary fashion photography from the model’s perspective, this week's instalment sees him sit down with Lily Cole.
Cole discusses working on Knight and John Galliano’s Editing Fashion project for SHOWstudio (her first foray into film), and her love of acting over modelling. ‘I quite quickly felt frustrated with modelling that I couldn’t be more involved creatively. If you’re a creative person it’s quite a restrictive feeling if you’re not able to exercise that in some way’ she explains.
Nick also asks Cole how she feels about the continuing scrutinisation of models’ bodies by the media. ‘I just kind of ignore it as a debate,’ she respond, ‘there are problems in the representation of ideal beauty… but I don’t think that’s unique to fashion.’
Our next In Fashion interview approaches! For the next instalment of the in-depth video interview series, our editor Lou Stoppard will be in conversation with esteemed image-maker Venetia Scott about her career.
Working as both a stylist and photographer, Scott has created iconic imagery and is well known for her distinctive style and original casting choices. The interview will stream live on Tuesday 10 March 2015 at 15:30 GMT - tune in to find out more about Scott’s life in the fashion industry.
In anticipation, look back through our In Fashion interviews and watch industry greats including the likes of David Downton, Sarah Doukas, Craig Green and many more candidly discussing their illustrious careers.