Based in Australia, the contemporary figurative painter studied Visual Arts at the Queensland College of Art, and has since exhibited in institutional exhibitions and an international solo show. She has also been titled one of Australia’s ’50 most collectable artists’ by Art Collector magazine, and her works are regularly featured in publications such as Australian Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.
SHOWstudio was extremely honoured to be awarded one of three Tributes to Visionaries in Fashion Filmmaking at the Fashion Film Festival Milano on Monday, 22 September! We were given the award for Visionary Digital Platform, while Visionary Brand in Fashion Filmmaking went to Prada and International Fashion Film Director to Bruno Aveillan.
Our own executive producer Charlotte Knight and editor Lou Stoppard travelled to Milan to attend the dinner and accept the award. They struck a particularly fashion-forward vibe in Junya Watanabe and Simone Rocha respectively.
'SHOWstudio was the first and only window that showed us this new form of expression, this new form of art,' said festival director Constanza Cavalli Etro. 'It was the inspiration for many of us and undoubtedly the motivation to create and develop what today is the festival.'
Revisit some of SHOWstudio's fashion fims, from some of our earliest experiments with the genre - Sweet, and The More Visible They Make Me, The More Invisible I Become - to the explosive Beasting, the beautiful Dynamic Blooms and our most recently launched - Girl.
Our Girly project continues as SHOWstudio editor Lou Stoppard talks to Swedish-born, London-based artist Arvida Bystrom about her hyper-feminine aesthetic.
Bystrom discusses the effects of girlishness in the internet age, highlighting Tumblr as both an influence and an outlet for developing her work. She also talks about white privilege and the inherent nature of femininity, explaining that the notion of 'girly' is not tied to gender, 'There's nothing biological about kids loving pink.'
Read the full interview now and stay tuned for more as the Girly project develops. In the meantime, read our chat with Ryan Lo and don't forget to check out Nick Knight and Rei Nadal's newly launched fashion film - Girl!
Items ready for purchase include the Nymphets Bedroom Jacket by Charlotte Lewis, and both the Atsuko Kudo lace-up trousers and thigh length over-boot lace ups which were made specially for the film. Two of Slim Barrett’s accessories are also on sale, including the beautiful East of Paris Coronet and the Double Rope necklace. View these items now!
Early in September, we kicked off our ongoing Girly project with a fashion film shoot. The resulting film Girl, which launched today, 23 September, was shot simultaneously by two directors, Rei Nadal and Nick Knight, and features fetishistically feminine fashion styled by Ellie Grace Cumming. You can now listen to the sounds of Girly, in the form of a playlist put together by Nadal and played during the shoot.
Mirroring the opposing ideas of strength and vulnerability that exist within the film, Nadal's chosen tracks by the likes of No Doubt, Rhianna, Kelis, Tatu and Pink all feature dark subject matter concealed in the upbeat, poppy sounds. Listen now!
Girl, the fashion film at the centre of our ongoing Girly project launches today! Envisaged by SHOWstudio founder Nick Knight and editor Lou Stoppard, the Girly project seeks to explore the trend of 'overt, cartoon femininity' seen on the runways recently, as well as increasingly on social media and image sharing platforms such as Tumblr and Instagram.
We kicked off the series by shooting a fashion film, in collaboration with the British Fashion Council. Playing on ideas of gaze, autonomy and voyeurism, the unique film is shot from the two viewpoints of its co-directors, Nick Knight and Rei Nadal. Nadal shot model Ali Michael, while Knight captured their interaction. The final edit by Younji Ku features a split screen, presenting the independent visions at the same time.
Styled by Ellie Grace Cumming, the fashion shows off the work of a host of key London designers, including Marques Almeida, Meadham Kirchhoff, Atsuko Kudo, Ryan Lo, Louise Gray, Topshop Unique, archive Luella Bartley, Vivienne Westwood and Alexander Mcqueen, as well as up and coming graduates and the occasional trinket from British high street store Claire's Accessories! Expect layer upon layer of frills and glitter, lace and latex, sick pastel shades with unexpected dark details - perfectly encapsulating the complexity of the 'girly' aesthetic.
Admire the hyper-feminine fashion in our gallery of editorial stills, and watch Girl now!
Don’t miss the first of our Paris Fashion Week panels! We'll be kicking off this Wednesday, 24 September with a live discussion on the subject of Dries Van Noten’s S/S 2015 show. Tune into our live stream at 15:00 BST, where we will be joined by creative consultant Mimma Viglezio, PRISM's creative director Anna Laub, and Bon magazine editor Madelaine Levy!
Join us again on Thursday, 25 September for our live Balmain chat, beginning at 14:00 BST! This panel will see Ponystep’s Richard Mortimer, TV presenter and trend forecaster Angela Scanlon, commentator and TV personality Grace Woodward, and DJ and club brand creator Jodie Harsh in conversation with SHOWstudio’s own Lou Stoppard.
Be sure to watch these two exciting panels, featuring hand-picked fashion experts guaranteed to spark engaging discussions!
If you happened to be in Shanghai this weekend, you might have caught YOHOOD2014 - the exhibition dedicated to the cult Be@rbrick toy, curated by my friend the actor, producer and entrepreneur Edison Chen.
He asked me to customise the Be@rbrick, so inspired by Edison's Instagram where he posts pictures of clouds from his long and very frequent airplane journeys I decided to make my Be@rbrick out of the time-lapse clouds I photographed this summer, suggesting a world free of national boundaries, one people, no divisions.
Review Frida Wannerberger’s wonderful artwork, which has been inspired by the luxurious runways of Milan Fashion Week. Head to our Tumblr to check out her mixed media illustrations, which are inspired by looks from shows such as Dolce e Gabbana, Versace, and Prada and more. The Swedish Central Saint Martins graduate illustrates her favourite collections with her uniquely delicate yet playful approach. Her GIFS are a particular highlight; accentuating her fun, quirky signature style. Enjoy them all on our Tumblr now!
Cav Empt is a brand founded by Sk8thing and Toby Feltwell in 2012. Sk8thing is the graphics artist behind BAPE®, Billionaire Boys Club, Ice Cream and a host of other legendary Japanese brands. The duo previously worked with OPN to create limited edition t-shirts and sweatshirts exclusively for SHOWstudio Shop. Browse the Shop now for their Autumn/Winter 2014 range of products, which include t-shirts, a hoody and cap!
You may have caught the live stream of Nick Knight, Amanda Harlech and Alexander Fury's Sans Couture shoot for The Independent, earlier this year. Playing with the literal idea of 'sans couture' - 'without sewing', the editorial focused on veiling, wrapping and unwrapping the body, using garments drawn from the latest couture collections worn by model Elena Sudakova - a Russian famed for her flexibility and contortion abilities - and dancer Olivia Cowley.
Be sure to watch our final Milan Fashion Week S/S 15 panels!
Lou Stoppard will be chairing a discussion on the Versace collection today, 19 September at 19:00 BST with photographer Amarpaul Kalirai, editor and writer Dal Chodha, Matthew Williamson's Rosanna Falconer and journalist Katie Baron.
Then, tomorrow 20 Spetember, tune in at 14:00 BST to watch PR Mandi Lennard, creative consultant Gianluca Longo, Centre for Sustainable Fashion director Dilys Williams and milliner Stephen Jones unpick the Jil Sander collection.
My morning was made all the more lovely by our wonderful collections artist Velwyn (who illustrated so brilliantly the London Collections this season) and who dropped off these delicious chocolates and a beautiful collage.
Thank you so much Velwyn.
Milan Fashion Week is in full swing, and we've been covering the action in signature SHOWstudio style, with live in-depth discussions on key shows as they happen. If you missed the live broadcasts, you can catch up on the industry insiders' opinions with on-demand footage available now!
We kicked off with a look at the Gucci show. Mushpit founder Bertie Brandes, creative consultant Gianluca Longo and presenter Grace Woodward joined Lou Stoppard to discuss the defining aesthetic codes of creative director Frida Giannini compared to those of her predecessor Tom Ford, as well as the different portrayal of 'sexiness' seen on the runways recently.
Our Prada chat featured special guests including Brandes, designer Bella Freud, stylist Verity Parker and writer Dean Kissick, whose conversation centred around the problems caused by advertising in fashion and the melancholy mood of the S/S 15 collection.
We unpicked Jeremy Scott's Moschino collection with the help of a panel of students from LCF, CSM and UEL. Students Alexander Kessler, Maria Piankov, Clara Damaschke, Fani Mari and Chloe Curry talked to Stoppard about financing, interning and their own mixed feelings on the current incarnation of the Moschino bran. 'It was fun the first time but now I hope he gets more into the Moschino heritage,' commented Clara Damaschke.
Catch up on the Milan panels now, and stay tuned for more!
Review our talented LFW illustrator's paintings on our Tumblr! London and LA based creative Velwyn Yossy took up residence in our studio during the London collections, creating her bold, colourful and playful depictions of her favourite shows, including J.W. Anderson, Vivienne Westwood, Burberry, Simone Rocha and Meadham Kirchhoff.
Admire Yossy's completed works now, and keep following our Tumblr page as we post witty illustrations and enchanting GIFS by Milan Fashion Week artist Frida Wannerberger!