Karlie Kloss is back on the swing in the second outfit of today's shoot - a floral look from Katrantzou's S/S 12 show, another collection that helped put Mary on the map! Tune in now to watch Nick Knight shoot #SomethingAboutMary!
Our #SomethingAboutMary shoot is getting started with the first look from Katrantzou's A/W 12 collection. For the collection four seasons ago, Katrantzou took her inspiration from things you would find in every day life, even working the ubiquitous yellow pencil into the hem of a dress alongside extravagant digital prints of spoons, watches and the now iconic typewriter. This dress is a hero piece from her digital print era, one of the signature components her label became known for early on in her career.
Stay tuned as we shoot more looks from Mary Katrantzou's five year archive!
It's finally here! Stay with us all day as we live stream the #SomethingAboutMary fashion film shoot from the Park Royal Studios. You can watch the entire process, from hair and make-up to the final shots!
SHOWstudio has championed the work of Greece-born, London-based designer Mary Katrantzou since her earliest collections, and we're continuing in the same spirit with a celebration of the brand's five year anniversary.
Our own Nick Knight is collaborating with Katrantzou on a fashion film to show off iconic pieces from her archive and to promote her famed skill with print and texture. The film will star the equally iconic Karlie Kloss, watch the live stream to see her and creations from the Katrantzou archive in motion and stay tuned on social media for sneak peaks from the film!
Over the years we have been building our In Fashion series to bring you rare, candid insights into the mind of some of fashions finest. The project now spans over fifty names - from designers and editors to photographers and stylists.
The latest edit is a truly extraordinary glimpse into the world of Lucinda Chambers, revered fashion director at British Vogue. Chambers, in conversation with our editor Lou Stoppard, offers captivating anecdotes, letting us in on everything from applying to art school and fearlessly calling up Vogue for a job, to her relationship with Grace Coddington and so much more!
An interview not to miss, watch it now and re-visit others in the series!
Our Punk project isn't over! We're delving back into the theme through the eyes of none other than Lady Amanda Harlech! Harlech teamed up with our head of fashion film Marie Schuller to capture her visions of punk...
The piece, entitled Blood Rose plays with connotations of death, using a spot of blood seeping through fabric to create organicically abstract shapes, which are, at points, reminiscent of a rose.
Harlech explains, 'The idea for the film began from pain as expression. That emotional truth has to be voiced. Punk for me was about being heard and understood. I began with an image of a baby chewing a razor blade and moved through a red rose blossoming as a heart with petals of blades. The blood became a flowering. The beauty of truth is that blossoming - the Blood Rose - to say what we mean.'
Overall the piece is a serenely surreal two minutes, set off by a soundtrack from Leslie Winer. Watch now or purchase a framed fabric piece made during the filming process.
In tandem with our exhibition of portraits of William Burroughs, SHOWstudio has compiled a series of interviews with Kate Simon to shed some light on each of the photographs in the show. In the latest sound bite, Simon discusses a head shot of Burroughs from 1979. The image captures the writer standing in the front entrance of The Bunker, which Simon describes as a softbox where you could bounce light across and around the space. She gives specific details of the type of camera and lighting equipment she used at that time and shares some insights into the atmosphere of this quite surreal space. The interview touches upon Simon's experience and memory of the bunker space and is available to listen to now! Don't miss out!
To accompany our current solo exhibition of portraits of William S. Burroughs by Kate Simon, SHOWstudio has been releasing a series of interviews with the photographer. In the latest conversation, Simon describes her experiences of visiting Burroughs at The Bunker and talks about the very particular creative circle that gathered there. She recalls Burroughs' obsession with weaponry and how he would recommend various means of self defence to her. Seen here wielding a cane, Burroughs gave Simon various tips on staying safe and later bestowed her with a pepper spray! The interview reveals a number of intimate details about the pairs' working and personal relationship and is not to be missed. Listen in now.
Image copyright Kate Simon
Joseph Lally's Soap Opera series has offered a gripping visual experience each week, and the next segment - Episode#7: Breathless, which shares its name with a Jean-Luc Godard film by no coincidence - continues to shock and delight.
Lally has previously cited Godard's cinematic values in his work - including films for SHOWstudio such as The Murder of Jean Seberg and RAPE - and his latest piece is a re-make of French visionary's first feature Breathless.
Lally employs his signature playful editing techinques and mixes his signature taboo themes with Godard's vision. Watch the film now and immerse yourself in the series as it continues to unfold.
During New York Fashion Week we dispatched our head of fashion film Marie Schuller out to the big apple to capture the making of Hood By Air A/W 14. She filmed Shayne Oliver and his team getting ready for the catwalk display and putting the final touches to their acclaimed collection. You can also see the team finalising the running order for the show. Watch the film now to get a insider view of the process behind Oliver's vision.
The final edit of Lou Stoppard's In Fashion interview with the brilliant retailer Joan Burstein, known in fashion circles as Mrs B, is now available. The Browns Fashion founder discussed her fascinating life, from her earliest recollection of falling in love with fashion (buying a Dior toile at Liberty) to losing and re-building her business. 'Retail is detail!' she explained, summarising her approach to her work. Watch the interview now!
This week, SHOWstudio hosted a very special event in support of Simon Costin's Museum of British Folklore. Costin is a long term SHOWstudio collaborator and world renowned art director whose fascination with folk traditions has lead him to embark on the mission of preserving and cultivating them. At present, there is no museum dedicated to British folklore in the UK, and within an increasingly globalised and digitised world, Costin feels that it is ever more urgent to engage with and educate in these particular heritages. For the past 2 years, he has been touring the country in a specially customised caravan staging events and exhibitions that celebrate various folk customs, but now is ready to set down firm roots for this very important project. Architect Adam Richards has designed a wonderful and environmentally friendly building that could house the museum. Set amongst a grove of trees, it has been conceived as a cluster of interlinked buildings that embrace the shapes and patterns associated with the seasons. The museum's programme will engage directly with its content and encourage the people and communities involved with these traditions to shape and mould its development, switching the conventional museum model on its head.
The project now needs an influx of funding to realise this next step and is now seeking support. On Wednesday night, guests were invited to pledge to the cause, and now you can too by becoming a friend of the museum through the website. This is a wonderful cause and a unique opportunity to help initiate the preservation and investigation of these important traditions and customs.
You can now watch our two most recent In Fashion interviews on-demand. Last week Lou Stoppard interviewed two giants in the world of publishing, Esquire editor Alex Bilmes and founder of Dazed & Confused and AnOther Magazine Jefferson Hack.
Stoppard put both men through their paces, bringing up some challenging topics, which for Alex Bilmes includes 'ornament-gate' - Bilmes infamously once declared, 'the women in our magazine are ornamental' - and Esquire's attitude to women. 'We interview a lot of famous women and I feel Esquire takes them more seriously than anyone else does,' he declared.
Hack's conversation centred around ideas of creative community and collaboration, including his memories of workng with Lee McQueen. 'It was apparent from the moment I met him that he was an absolute fucking genius. That's rare,' he said.
Re-live the interviews with our on-demand footage, available for a limited time only!
Two of last week's fascinating In Fashion interviews are now available to watch on-demand! Lou Stoppard sat down first with Joe Bates, Sid Bryan and Cozette McCreery of Sibling, who covered everything from their process of working together to run Sibling - 'If two are on the floor crying there's always one left standing who can take the helm!' - to their experiences early on in their individual careers.
The second interview with Olivier Zahm took an equally sincere direction, with the Purple founder touching on seventies pornography as an early creative influence and discussing the sexual nature of his photographs - 'Maybe the nudity in Purple is more shocking because we don't protect ourselves with artificial fashion imagery'.
Catch up on the interviews and stay tuned for uncut footage of chats with Jefferson Hack and Alex Bilmes!
We're proud to launch a new fashion film for the debut collection by Area, a NY based design studio set up by Parson's graduates Piotrek Panszczyk and Beckett Fogg. The collection, which launched during the NYFW Autumn/Winter 2014 shows, is the result of an exploration of novel garment production techniques. The film by Charlotte Wales Eric Wrenn is a visual translation of the ideas of 'flatness' within the garments and features a new edit of a track by John Roberts of Dial Records. Watch it now!
We are releasing a series of interviews with Kate Simon to accompany her current solo exhibition of portraits of William S. Burroughs at SHOWstudio Shop. Simon photographed Burroughs consistently over 20 years and many are being shown for the first time as fine art, limited edition prints. In this series, Simon speaks about each image to SHOWstudio Shop's associate director Niamh White and sheds some light on her relationship with her notorious subject. In the first interview, Simon recounts her first photograph of Burroughs in 1975. It was Patti Smith's 29th birthday and marked the start of the pair's friendship. Listen now!
We've had a post-fashion week break to reflect on all we've seen in the four major fashion cities, and now Lou Stoppard and a very impresive selection of panelists are back to round up the shows in our signature live panel format!
Tune in tomorrow 18 March at 11:00 GMT to watch Susanna Lau, Katherine Ormerod and Harriet Walker review New York, followed by a London discussion with Mandi Lennard, Alex Fury and Camilla Morton at 15:00 GMT. Then on Thursday 19 March prior to our Paris finale with Alex Fury, Harriet Walker, Susannah Frankel and Jo Ann-Furniss at 15:00, Mimma Viglezio, Hilary Alexander and Richard Gray will be dissecting Milan at 11:00 GMT.
Watch what are sure to be four extremely animated debates LIVE!