Our love affair with London fashion designer and rising star Nasir Mazhar continues as we launch new apparel from his womenswear line at SHOWstudio Shop. You can now get your hands on a black lycra long-sleeve crop top and sparkly pink mini skirt from Mazhar's Autumn/Winter 2014 collection.
© Anj Smith, Apparatus, 2012, Oil on linen, 42.8 x 38.6 cm/ 16 7/8 x 15 1/4 inches
Collection: Amrita Jhaveri. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth
SHOWstudio is delighted to announce that our upcoming exhibition is with painter Anj Smith. Opening 21 November 2014, the painter will create a 'wunderkammer' spilling with the vestiges, mementos, relics and artefacts that combine to inform her meticulously executed worlds.
Anj Smith's paintings do not succumb to easy categorisation. A single golden hair painted minutely, is as likely to appear as a rock face hacked from crude impasto slabs. While the composite elements in her works are not inherently magical or fantastical in themselves, when piled together in sheer layers of paint, they acquire a mystic quality as though extracted from hallucination, intoxication or psychosis.
Smith's painting Apparatus (2012) marks the centrepiece of the exhibition. Ethereal, androgynous and with rouged lips, her sitter's pallid complexion and soft features are crowded with facial hair, dark eye circles and blue veins. Smith's muse is exquisitely attired and has seemingly constructed an armoured veneer from found debris. Embroidered drapery is ornamented with obscure embellishments that have possibly been sourced from the surrounding wilds. Wriggling beetles and insects have been clumsily stitched into place alongside grasses, a jewelled Chanel brooch and a bonzaied corpse flower. Clawing bats nest in the hair amongst feathers, fauna and shells that are lodged precariously into place.
Smith's cabinet features a wide array of objects that have served as a reference point for her work. Richard Dadd's handwritten manuscript The Elimination of a Painter and its Subject-called the Fairy Feller's Master Stroke details the schizophrenic 'spirit' inspiration he received whilst recovering in Bedlam. Plant-inspired relics from Mediterranean temples jostle with antique pearls. 17th century Mughal masterpieces are juxtaposed with a capsule library and glittering figeater beetles fossilised in 70's neon perspex. Detritus, Smith's 2009 Liberty print, also features, alongside Philip Treacy's intricately hand carved Chinese Garden headdress and Yoshiki Hishinuma's waxed plastic wind coat. Amongst objects lent directly from Smith's studio are grains of Stromboli's black volcanic sand, a skull found on the Isle of Mull and a treasured painting of a monkey.
Smith will also release a limited edition etching to coincide with the opening of the show. The exhibition opens 21 November 2014 and runs through until 27 February 2015. Don't miss it!
We are deeply saddened by the news of fashion designer and icon Oscar de la Renta's passing this morning, aged 82. Our condolences and sympathies go to his family, friends and colleagues. The world has lost an incredible artist. Rest in Peace Oscar.
Join us for the final day of our live editorial shoot with 10 Magazine! Today Nick Knight is on set with Victoria's Secret Angels Behati Prinsloo, Lais Ribeiro and Barbara Fiahlo as they continue to revamp the traditional figure of the pin-up.
Tune in at live at 10:30 BST to watch the shoot unfold and keep an eye on our Pin-ups project for further develoments!
Our Girly project continues! Read Lost Girls, an evocative new essay by writer and researcher Liberty McAnena. Focusing on the ubiquitous trope of the 'Lost Girl' so often seen in Tim Walker shoots and the pages of Lula, McAnena explores the unwavering appeal of this ambiguous character. Citing her influence on designers such as John Galliano and Alexander McQueen, McAnena deconstructs the fantasy the 'Lost Girl' embodies.
'She represents fantasy in a way that few other fashion tropes do - whilst jetsetters with Louis Vuitton luggage and couture-clad brides are not 'realistic' per se, they do have an aspirational quality…The 'Lost Gir'l is at odds with this idea of 'having it all.' She doesn’t seem to have anything.'
In addition to this great read, stay tuned for more Girly content coming soon, including an essay on Meadham Kirchhoff’s whimsical Spring/Summer 2013 collection Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.
It's the second day of our live Pin-ups shoot with 10 Magazine and Victoria's Secret! Today Nick Knight and Sophia Neophitou will be on set with 'Angels' Devon Windsor and Ming Xi as they continue to reinterpret the codes and motifs of the traditional pin-up. Expect 3D scanning, innovative set design by Andrew Tomlinson, male models in an unmissable shade of powder pink and beauty by hairdresser Eamonn Hughes and make-up artist Laura Dominique!
Tune in to the livestream now to watch the shoot as it progresses, and join us again tomorrow for the final day of the shoot with models Behati Prinsloo, Lais Ribeiro and Barbara Fialho!
SHOWstudio joins forces with Sophia Neophitou, editor-in-chief of 10 Magazine and one of the masterminds behind the infamous Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, for a live editorial shoot! Featuring a gang of Victoria's Secret 'Angels' including Jourdan Dunn, Behati Prinsloo, Devon Windsor, Lais Ribeiro, Ming Xi, Sui He, Cindy Bruna and Barbara Fialho, the three-day shoot riffs on the traditional codes and motifs of erotic imagery, from fishnets to silk, reinterpreting the traditional pin-up into something modern and cutting-edge.
Watch live today, 16 October at 11:00 BST and again on Friday 17 October and Saturday 18 October to see Nick Knight and the grooming and styling teams, including make-up artist Laura Dominique and hairdresser Eamonn Hughes, at work. Be sure to stay tuned for further developments in our Pin-ups project including an exciting innovative take on the traditional pin-up calendar made using the 3D technologies we love.
To celebrate the launch of the adidas Originals x SPEZIAL collection, a premium, archive-inspired range curated by SHOWstudio contributor Gary Aspden, we are proud to present Sole Searching in South America. This 12 minute documentary follows Aspden and a team of adidas addicts (musician Ian Brown, notorious adidas collector Robert Brooks and adidas enthusiast Mike Chetcut) to Buenos Aires in search of rare vintage pieces - both for research purposes and to exhibit in the forthcoming SPEZIAL exhibition as part of Design Manchester 14.
Lovingly captured by photographer Neil Bedford and filmmaker Greg Bond, the documentary is a must-see for all sportswear fanatics, watch it now exclusively on SHOWstudio!
Iconic make-up artist Inge Grognard lent her skilled hand to our shoot for Rika magazine with model Codie Young. I came across Inge's work though her memorable collaborations with Maison Martin Margiela and Walter Van Beirendonck. As well as her work with photographer and partner Ronald Stoops.Using unconventional materials such as feathers, tape and tinfoil Inge created the image of a 'white wanderer'. Inge comments, 'For me a wanderer picks up things he likes on his way, like the tape, feathers etc... and those were my tools to create those looks.'Codie wears Alexander McQueen, Celine and Gareth Pugh among others styled By Rika fashion director Alexandra Carl.See the whole story here.
Photographer Jez Tozer and London-based Sudanese designer Omer Asim have teamed up for the second time to create a new fashion film! We're very proud to launch Zar.Following the pair's previous collaboration, Put Out the Lights and Call the Law, Tozer's new film showcases a piece from Asim’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection. The designer is known for his architectural but primal approach to fashion, with a strong focus on shapes and cuts, which Tozer has exhibited with a minimal film that depicts the dress in movement. Following on from Asim's inspiration for S/S 15, Tozer's film explores the story of Zar - an ancient Sudanese underground trance sub-culture dealing with trauma, hysteria and relief. The film features the performance artist Millie Brown, a long-time collaborator of Tozer. Watch the hypnotic film now.
Live footage of this morning's Marques'Almeida interview is now available on-demand! Part of our rolling In Fashion series, the discussion offers insights into Paulo Almeida and Marta Marques' working relationship, their 'intense experience' as MA students at Central Saint Martins - 'Working that close to Louise Wilson was like psychotherapy,' said Almeida - and the 'soul' behind their label. Watch the chat now, or revisit others in the series.
Our rolling In Fashion series continues next Monday, 13 October! Our own Lou Stoppard will be sitting down with Marta Marques and Paulo Almeida, the pair behind London-based label Marques'Almeida. The designers will discuss the progression of their careers, from Central Saint Martins to their recent highly anticipated Topshop collaboration, as well as their first meeting at fashion school in Portugal. Don't miss what's sure to be an inspiring live interview! While you wait, take a look through past Marques'Almeida collections, and revisit other interviews from the In Fashion series.
For those of you mourning the end of the fashion weeks, we’re bringing you four exciting live panels to reflect on what we’ve seen this season. Join us on Tuesday, 14 October and Wednesday, 15 October as our editor Lou Stoppard rounds up the Spring/Summer 2015 collections with the help of fashion industry experts.
We'll kick off at 11:00 BST on the morning of Tuesday, 14 October with a discussion on New York with the expertise of The Independent’s Alexander Fury and MATCHESFASHION.COM’s Tilly McAllister-Smith. The afternoon will see Susanna Lau (aka Susie Bubble), The Times' Charlie Byrne and Mushpit founder Bertie Brandes take on London at 15:00 BST. Milan and Paris will follow on Wednesday, 15 October, with panelists including SHOWstudio favourites Style.com's Tim Blanks, Vogue’s Jessica Bumpus, and creative consultants Gianluca Longo and Mimma Viglezio.
In the meanwhile, revisit the highlights of the season with SHOWstudio’s Collections coverage, with curated social media feeds, show reports and on-demand panel discussions!
If you happened to miss our latest In Fashion livestreams do not despair - they are now available to view on-demand!
First up Lou Stoppard spoke to i-D founder Terry Jones about his early career as an art director at British Vogue, the idea of 'controlled chaos' and keeping i-D going. 'I did have to remortgage my house a few times!' he remembers.
Next Stoppard sat down with Storm Model's director and founder Sarah Doukas to discuss scouting Kate Moss, the new power models have as icons and social media sensations and what keeps her passionate after 20 years in the business. 'I'm addicted to finding great new people and turning them into a brand,' she says.
Finally, we chatted to MATCHESFASHION.COM co-founders and CEOs Tom and Ruth Chapman. They talked about the differences between running a shop and running a website, explaining that the only way to keep up with fashion's fast-pace is to embrace it 'You have to have a personality that constantly craves newness.'
Watch all three interviews now and stay tuned for more In Fashion interviews. Next up - the dynamic duo behind Marques'Almeida!
The latest instalment of Subjective is here as Nick Knight continues his series exploring contemporary fashion imagery from the model's side of the camera. This week he speaks to Lily Cole about her collaboration with artist Gillian Wearing.
Cole recalls the process of creating the image; Wearing took a cast of Cole's face and made several masks from it. In in the finished photograph she wears one that was partially smashed and then painted. 'I remember being really hungover and glad I was behind a mask!' Cole says of the shoot.
The two also discuss modelling versus acting, Marc Quinn's studies of Kate Moss and Cole's desire to work outside the box. 'Anything different or interesting, I want to try,' she explains.
Illustrations from Frida Wannerberger’s residency with SHOWstudio are now all available to purchase at SHOWstudio Shop!
These charming drawings were created live from SHOWstudio and depict her top runway moments from Milan Fashion Week S/S 15. In this series of works Wannerberger has borrowed looks from designers such as Versace and Roberto Cavalli to create original artworks, often placing them into whimsical narratives and environments that differ from the typical runway setting.