1. by SHOWstudio .

    Kali Uchis presents a brand new Fashion Mix!

    Kick off the week with Kali Uchis' playlist of favourite songs. As part of our running Fashion Mix series - which features playlists by a myriad of designers, models, journalists and photographers - the Columbian-born, LA-based singer/songwriter has picked out her top ten tracks. Her mix features a string of golden oldies starting with Beto Villano’s Suavecito and rounding off with Brigitte Bardot and Leo Dan.

    Listen to Kali Uchis’ selection now and be sure to explore the rest of our Fashion Mix series.


  2. by SHOWstudio .

    Anj Smith's SHOWcabinet

    Last night saw the opening of Anj Smith’s spellbinding SHOWcabinet exhibition at 19 Motcomb Street! Featuring objects and artefacts that have informed and inspired the painter's practice, Smith’s spectacular 'wunderkammer' offers a rare insight into her mystical world and work. Nick Knight’s beautifully printed Flora portfolio sits alongside Louis Wain’s surreal Kaleidoscopic Cat paintings and a garden headdress by Philip Treacy compliments two of Anj Smith’s own exquisite artworks. Don’t miss this spectacle, open daily from 10:00 - 18:00 GMT.

  3. by SHOWstudio .

    Take 15 minutes with Sarah Mower

    The final cut of Sarah Mower's In Fashion interview is now available to watch! The critic and Vogue contributor sat down with Lou Stoppard to discuss theatrical fashion, young designers and crying at shows; 'It's not just about being professional, it's about feeling it.'

    Mower also talks about the rise of bloggers  - 'i hate that thing of trying to set dinosaur critics against bloggers. I believe in everyone having an opportunity' - and ponders the role of the fashion journalist; 'It can never be about you, it should never be about you. Even if I don't like something, I can still analyse it. Who would care whether Sarah Mower wants to wear it?'

    Watch the condensed interview now and explore the rest of the In Fashion series, including chats with Vogue's Alexandra Shulman and Lucinda Chambers.

  4. by SHOWstudio .

    Kate Moss on Peter Lindbergh

    Our Subjective interview series returns! This week Nick Knight speaks to Kate Moss about her experiences working with Peter Lindbergh as he continues his investigation in fashion photography from the model's side of the camera.

    'It's classic,' says Moss of the black and white portrait. 'Peter is a legend. He was a lovely cuddly guy, no ego... He loves women but not in a weird sexy way, he's not a lech. He loves who the woman is.'

    The British supermodel also discusses collaborating with other iconic image-makers including Irving Penn, Richard Avedon and Helmut Newton; 'He didn't like me that much, I was too thin. They put more accessories on me than I probably weighed!'

    Watch the exclusive interview now and don't forget to explore our sister project Transformative!

  5. by SHOWstudio .

    Girly: a new essay by Sarah Kathryn Cleaver

    The Girly project continues! Read our latest essay from writer Sarah Kathryn Cleaver as she ponders Tumblr's troubling infatuation with Lolita.

    Examining the current online obsession with Nabokov's eponymous heroine, Cleaver explains the inherently problematic dichotomy that the trope represents; 'the co-existence of obsessive love and self-serving tyranny.' This, she argues, finds a perfect outlet in the angsty Tumblr pages of the 'nymphet community,' idolising Lana del Ray and spanning 'a diverse range of Lolita interpretations, from superficial feeds of anything pastel-coloured, to the almost inventorial, right through to the pornographic and upsettingly dark.'

    Read the full essay now and don't forget to explore the rest of the project, including interviews with Girly aficionados Ryan Lo, Louby Mcloughlin and Arvida Bystrom!

  6. by Iain R. Webb .

    Walking in the rain

    This still is taken from backstage video footage of preparation for Alexander McQueen’s Golden Shower Spring/Summer 1998 fashion show, filmed by renowned set designer Simon Costin. It shows McQueen’s stylist and long-time collaborator Katy England road testing the designer’s heels on a wet perspex catwalk. This film is part of Costin’s Impossible Catwalks exhibition at Fashion Space Gallery, 20 John Princes Street, London College of Fashion, London, W1. Until Saturday, 13 December 2014.

  7. by Niamh White .

    Christopher Orr's Monkey Portait

    This wonderful portrait of a monkey by artist Christopher Orr will feature in Anj Smith's SHOWcabinet exhibition at SHOWstudio. We open to the public on Friday 21 November so come and see it at 19 Motcomb Street, London then!

  8. by Marie Schuller .

    Hervé L. Leroux at ARTGeorgia

    With the festivities of ARTGeorgia coming to a close another guest of the event, designer Hervé L. Leroux, enjoys an autumn walk through the centre of old town Tbilisi which features a city centre waterfall.

  9. by SHOWstudio .

    The adidas Spezial exhibition moves to Paris!

    Travelling from its original home up north as part of Design Manchester, Gary Aspden's adidas SPEZIAL exhibition re-opened yesterday, 13 November at No42 in Paris. The exhibition, which showcases archive adidas footwear curated from the collections of the sportswear brand's most fervent devotees, changes and develops along with its location, and features pieces from local collectors as well as celebrity fans.

    The exhibition is a must-visit for Paris-based sportswear fans, but, if you can't make it, console yourself with Sole Searching in South America, a short film documenting Aspden's search for vintage adidas in Buenos Aires.

  10. by Sarah Piantadosi .

    Christopher Owens

    Musician Christopher Owens recently came by my studio for a shoot for HERO Magazine. Owens grew up in the American religious cult The Children of God, and subsequently battled substance abuse and depression. He's already found a large following with his band Girls, and with his new solo album A New Testament. I imagine his storytelling has only just begun.

  11. by SHOWstudio .

    SHOWstudio returns to Tbilisi

    This week artists from across Europe, reaching as far as the UK and Azerbaijan, met in Tbilisi to take part in the ARTGeorgia festival, a ten day event featuring workshops, seminars, exhibitions and talks across the fields of fashion, film, photography and fine art. The event was initiated by Sofia Tchkonia who also established the yearly Be-Next fashion competition in Georgia, creating unique career placements and opportunities for young fashion designers from Georgia and neighboring countries. 

    Some of the Be-Next design alumni was also represented in this week's program, amongst others Lasha Devdariani, who showed a new design collaboration with artist Гуга Котетишвили in an atmospheric presentation seen in the picture above.

    London guests included Hilary Alexander and Kathryn Ferguson. SHOWstudio was present as part of a two day fashion film initiative which saw presentations and screenings of local and International fashion filmmakers. The program was centred around a talk by SHOWstudio's Contributing Head of Fashion Film Marie Schuller, who introduced the medium to a local audience, as well as a screening of SHOWstudio's latest output, screening Ruth Hogben's Beyond The Glass and Nick Knight's #asif

    The festivities ended with a party at Tbilisi's Cafe Gallery, which saw local ravers dancing into the night in front of Ruth Hogben's Gareth Pugh A/W09 film.


  12. by SHOWstudio .

    See Noritaka Tatehana at work!

    As Noritaka Tatehana’s SHOWcabinet exhibition comes to an end, discover the technique behind his intricate craft with our new Floating World: Process FilmThe footage, which follows Tatehana in action over the course of his three day residency at SHOWstudio, exposes his entire process from the initial stages of the insole to the final heel-less creation, alongside a step-by-step explanation from the designer.

    Tatehana touches on his motivations behind the shoes, ‘Many people think it’s all about the eccentric look,’ yet the designer explains how he sees his work ‘as an important tool to expand Japanese culture,’ striving to look at fashion from ‘a new angle.’

    Watch the film now for an up-close insight into Noritaka’s design, and view the finished pair of heel-less red shoes Noritaka announces ‘special,’ having made them entirely alone, without help from his assistant.

  13. by SHOWstudio .

    Beautiful Bonnets

    Bonnet, an ethereal editorial shot by Nick Knight and styled by Amanda Harlech is out today in V Magazine’s Winter 2014/2015 issue.
    The project, which explores the rich and varied history of the largely extinct piece of headwear, saw a handful of the most talented designers craft their own interpretation of the bonnet, with encouragement to ignore limitation and create freely. Invited designers included Alexander McQueen's Sarah Burton, Iris Van Herpen, Givenchy's Riccardo Tisci, Stephen Jones and J.W. Anderson. The final thirteen creations demonstrate the bonnet's many roles: from framing the face, capturing the gaze and serving as a funnel for beauty, to standing alone as an attractive object. Modelled on a variety of girls, from infant to adult, the bonnets are styled alongside a beautiful selection of vintage pieces and clothes by Junya Watanabe, to create a fantastically haunting set of final images. 

    To accompany the launch of the editorial we asked V&A curator and SHOWstudio favourite Oriole Cullen to teach us a little more about the fascinating history of the headpiece. In conversation with our editor Lou Stoppard at the V&A’s London-based fashion and textile archives The Clothworkers’ Centre, the pair discuss the styles and social connotations of an array of spectacular archive pieces as well as suggesting subconscious references for the contemporary, custom-made bonnets fashioned for the V Magazine story.

    Get your copy of V Magazine today, and browse Bonnet to view an extended gallery of editorial images as well as shoot footage and the interview with Oriole Cullen! Coming up soon, we'll be launching a Bonnet fashion film - stay tuned!
  14. by Niamh White .

    Anj Smith: Echo, 2014
    Limited edition etching available now

    We're currently installing the upcoming Anj Smith exhibition at SHOWstudio and, among an array of awe inspiring items that are gradually coming in, we have received this beautiful etching Echo from the artist. It is the first edition to be made by the painter in 10 years, and we're releasing it to mark the opening of the show. It's an extremely limited run, and it's available now.

    The show opens next Thursday 21 November at 19 Motcomb Street, and then runs through until 27 February 2015. Don't miss it.

    Image: Anj Smith, Echo, 2014, Zinc on etching paper, Edition 10/10 + 2AP, 12.7 x 16.2 cm / 5 x 6 3/8 inches, Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth, Photo: Todd-White Art Photography

  15. by SHOWstudio .

    Erin O'Connor on David Downton

    This week's Subjective interview is with British supermodel Erin O'Connor, who speaks to Nick Knight about her ongoing collaboration with illustrator David Downton.

    O'Connor praises Downton's elegant style - 'If you're David you can capture the essence of a person in three lines' - and explains the success of their longstanding relationship; 'The way he will take an angle and run away with it, I sort of represent that in real life, a bit asymmetrical... He can do a drawing of me in ten seconds.'

    She also describes her earliest attempts at modelling ('We'd emulate the poses from my mum's knitting patterns') and discusses her influence on other illustrators; 'I get sent a lot of stuff on twitter, especially from students. That's the most flattering thing of all.'

    Watch the exclusive interview now and stay tuned for more as Subjective continues!

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