SHOWstudio Shop's associate director Niamh White will be speaking on a panel about fashion curation as an emerging practice tomorrow evening. The talk is chaired by curator and fashion historian Amy de la Haye, and will also feature Sophia Hedman, Shonagh Marshall, Alison Moloney, Alistair O'Neill and Ligaya Salazar. The discussion will take its starting point from Cecil Beaton’s Fashion: An Anthology exhibition at the V&A in 1971 and look at the ways in which the practice has evolved in recent years. The talk has been billed as part of the British Fashion Council's International Fashion Showcase at 180 Strand and will start at 17.30 GMT tomorrow evening. The event is free and you can register to attend here.
Kinee Diouf stars as Cynthia in this dramatic, captivating film, which features a performance by The Johnny McCullough Orchestra. The piece nods to the swing era’s buoyant, defiant reaction to the economic disaster of the Great Depression. Diouf's rendition of Cynthia captures a usually austere woman going through a private moment of release while remembering childhood trips to New York and Harlem parties where she saw Frankie Manning and first heard the phrase 'Put out the lights and call the law' as she peered through the bedroom door as the grown-ups danced in the living room.
Over the past week London Fashion Week has delivered a breadth of Instagrammable moments and hashtagged highlights. As a counterpoint, we are thrilled to have had Conrad Roset in the studio giving these key A/W 14 looks a new, more considered resonance in his beautiful illustrations.
Roset's interpretations of collections including Christopher Kane, Topshop Unique, Sibling and Mary Katrantzou have been transforming our Tumblr and Collections page into a visual dream where you can now review the works in full! What's more, you can get your hands on one of Roset's unique depictions of the season, available soon from our SHOWstudio Shop.
SHOWstudio's head of fashion film Marie Schuller will be taking part in a Russian Fashion film event later today at 15:00 in The Strand, London. The project, entiled New Russian Fashion in Film, is part of an ongoing collaboration between the British Council and the British Fashion Council. Embassies, cultural institutes and their partners are invited to select their brightest fashion talents, whose work will be shown in a series of exhibitions and installations during London Fashion Week.
Todays showcase presents fashion films from thirteen Russian fashion designers, created in collaboration with Russian filmmakers during the Dressing the Screen workshop in Moscow. Established by filmmaker and curator Kathryn Ferguson, the programme promotes and teaches fashion film around the world. British directors Grace Ladoja, Alex Turvey and our own Marie Schuller have provided curatorial support in Russia and the resulting fashion films are being premiered for the first time today.
Following the screening of the films and a behind the scenes featurette, Schuller will chair a panel discussion with Russian fashion insiders including stylist and blogger Vlasta Guryeva, journalist Natalia Turovnikova, FF.Digest's Maria Pudan, journalist Jana Melkumova-Reynolds, The Calvert Journal's Anastasiia Fedorova and Interview Russia's Natela Potskhveriya, as well as British filmmaker and Dressing the Screen curator Kathryn Ferguson.
There are a limited number of tickets still available, so book now! The films will be launched on SHOWstudio very soon. Above is a sneak peek from a film for designer David Gervorkov from the label DAVIDSROAD, directed by Ruslan Pelykh! Stay tuned for more!
Tomorrow is the final day of London Fashion Week and we're rounding off with panel discussions on two of its most anticipated shows. First up, we'll be joined by Browns creative director Caroline Burstein, director of Claire de Rouen Lucy Moore, fashion writer Bertie Brandes, A Magazine Curated by editor Dan Thawley and Hostem buyer Christie Fels, as we unpick the Simone Rocha show at 11:00 GMT.
Then at 16:30, Brandes is back alongside head of digital at Matthew Williamson Rosanna Falconer, stylist Soki Mak, photographer Amarpaul Kalirai and our own Lou Stoppard to air views on Meadham Kirchhoff's collection. Tune in!
From intiricate penned interpretations of the Sibling collection to Nasir Mazhar re-imagined with Roset's signature gentle drips, each artwork is more stunning than the next! Make sure you stay glued to our Tumblr for the final days of LFW to see his work unfold!
It may be Friday, but London Fashion Week doesn't stop for the weekend and neither does SHOWstudio. We're bringing you two amazing LFW panels. First on Saturday 15 February 2014 at 16:00 GMT a noteworthy line-up of panelists including LCF's Head of College Frances Corner, and fashion writers Marion Hume, Bel Jacobs, Katie Baron will unpick J.W. Anderson's collection.
Then on Sunday 16 February, tune in at 19:00 GMT, when our own editor Lou Stoppard will be discussing the Mary Katrantzou show with stylist and shop-owner Brix Smith-Start, editor Dan Thawley, Vogue Australia's Alice Cavanagh and once again Frances Corner.
Join us for both panels this weekend, and while you wait stay glued to our Collections coverage!
As an antidote to the mass of Instagrams and Tweets that flood in over Fashion Week, here at SHOWstudio we pride ourselves on bringing you hand-picked illustrators to offer up their unique, hand-crafted artistic visions of the collections. Taking over the reigns from Bex Cassie, who covered New York, is the wonderful Conrad Roset.
Roset currently features in our Maison Martin Margiela exhibition, and we're excited to see how he will interpret the A/W 14 London collections in his captivating inky style.
Over the last week we have been covering NYFW with cracking live panel discussions on shows like Rodarte and Hood by Air and the curated social media feeds featuring the best Instagrammed moments of Proenza Schouler and Thom Browne. Additionally, we've been posting Bex Cassie's illustrative inturpretations and Kiki Georgiou and Indigo Clarke's witty, insightful reports from the front line. This has only just got us warmed up for London Fashion Week!
Make sure you bookmark our Collections page for our real-time, in-depth reportage from our capital. Expect live panels for the likes of Simone Rocha and Nasir Mazhar, with esteemed guests such as Mandi Lennard, Dan Thawley and Bertie Brands, to name just a few. Additionally, to give you a perspective on the collections from all angles we are recruiting artist Conrad Roset to offer up his visions of key looks and Anders Christian Madsen to file through show reports.
We're already well underway, as our our LCF panel took place at 10:30 GMT - on-demand footage will be up soon! Be sure to tune in tomorrow at 16:00 GMT for the next live panel - J.W. Anderson!
Stay tuned for a very exciting project launching today! SHOWstudio and designer Gareth Pugh have teamed up with Amnesty international in their fight against the prejudice and violence directed towards Russia's LGBTI community. Pugh and filmaker Ruth Hogben have collaborated on a short film, in their own words; 'a meditation on the themes of chaos and control, illusion and propaganda, and the need for a unified response to Russia's recent actions. Ultimately it is a call to speak with one voice: love is a human right.'
Adding more voices to the cause, our own Nick Knight asked respected figures from across the fashion community to participate in striking 30-second mini videos. The project is time to coincide with London Fashion Week and the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Follow the countdown to the fashion industry-wide protest launching at 14:00 GMT!
Tomorrow we're wrapping up New York Fashion week with a Marc Jacobs panel and heading straight for London to discuss the LCF show. The Marc Jacobs show goes live bright and early at 9:00 GMT, with Stylist's Alexandra Fullerton, matchesfashion.com's Tilly Macalister-Smith, The Independent's Alex Fury, editorial director Harriet Quick and British Vogue's Emma Elwick-Bates lending their thoughts to the conversation.
In the mean time browse our coverage of recent shows on the Collections page.
We're proud to launch the first in a series of dynamic Moving Portraits shot by photographer and filmmaker Clive Booth. The series aims to give an insight into leading figures within the fashion industry. With his first subject, Henry Holland, Booth sought to present the British designer in an honest way, revealing something that may not be familiar to the public and displaying his passion, energy and openness.
The film was shot in 4K, a relatively new medium to Booth and one which provides an unprecedented amount of detail. As always, part of SHOWstudio's aim in producing Moving Portraits is to unveil the mystery surrounding techniques and technologies. As well as the beautiful end results, the overall project aims to explore and explain the processes involved in making a short film, including the technicalities involved with shooting in 4K.
Have you been following Joseph Lally's Soap Opera series? In the latest film, Episode#3: The Psychedelic Reality Show the director continues his strong, sexual portrayal of the Hollywood character with nods of Warhol in all the right places.
in Lally's own words the piece, which stars Tyson Ballou, is 'An exploration of reality TV shows if they were produced while on LSD and with an avant-grade intention. A glimpse into the future potential of such shows. Be prepared to lose your mind.'
Every season we task different artists with capturing the Fashion Week collections in their own distinctive style. Illustrator Bex Cassie has been in the studio since the start of New York Fashion Week, interpreting looks from the likes of Jason Wu and Victoria Beckham and showing off her stunning skill for manipulating charcoal and pastels. Watch her at work on the SHOWstudio webcam, and stay glued to our Tumblr to see the completed illustrations.
We've added new lines to our exclusive pre order of the KTZ x #BEEN TRILL# collection!
Last week we launched this pre order with a selection of the KTZ x #BEEN TRILL# patched garments. Due to popular demand, we've now added a further 8 items for sale, including the Skull Printed T Shirts and the Los Angeles Baseball Shorts.
We've also had an overwhelming response to the highly covetable Tibet Monster Printed Tshirt, that was made available exclusively with Bitcoins. If you weren't able to order using the digital currency, fret not, because we've also made the tshirt available with regular currency for the final days of the sale.
We are thrilled to bring you the exclusive on haute coiffeur, Charlie Le Mindu's latest S/S 14 collection Stronger.
The collection encapsulates, 'a new world where man has not yet been, but which will be reachable and palpable in the near future.' Fittingly, the designer worked for several months in the dark with only a blacklight to produce these steampunk vs. seapunk inspired pieces.
Revel in the expertise and creativity of Le Mindu's work with this selection of images taken by Inès Dieleman and a brilliant fashion film showcasing the illuminating works of hair art!