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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
As Noritaka Tatehana’s SHOWcabinet exhibition comes to an end, discover the technique behind his intricate craft with our new Floating World: Process Film. The 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.
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.
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.
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
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!
Last weekend saw an inspiring chat between our own Lou Stoppard, designer Pedro Lourenco and tennis pro Maria Sharapova at NikeLab. You can now watch the full conversation, on the subject of women, sport, fashion and innovation, as part of our In Conversation series.
Having recently designed a collaborative range for Nike, Lourenco shared his thoughts on sportswear's influence on the fashion industry, and the future technological possibilities of design; 'We've had an amazing technological revolution in communication - that should apply to clothes now.' Sharapova, whose long-term working relationship with Nike has resulted in some of the world's most photographed centre-court outfits, gave her perspective on the fusing of function and fashion in women's lives today.
Enjoy the absorbing panel discussion now, a must-see for sport and fashion fans alike!
We are thrilled to announce that the Madrid Fashion Festival awarded SHOWstudio an honorary award in recognition of the pivotal role we have played in both creating and championing the medium of fashion film, which has become widely acknowledged as the most dynamic and exciting way to show fashion. Charlotte Knight went out to Madrid to collect the award on SHOWstudio's behalf.
Dip into our archive to explore some of our most acclaimed fashion films including Sweet from 2000 and The More Visible They Make Me, The More Invisible I Become, Nick Knight's second ever fashion film.
Edited footage of Lou Stoppard's In Fashion interview with Dazed and Confused founder Jefferson Hack is now available! Watch them discuss his attraction to fashion’s ‘bigger psychological story’ and the importance of London club culture to his creative upbringing, ‘Anyone I collaborated with or did anything on Dazed with, including all my staff, were recruited through bars and clubs! They were the most interesting places for me … the level of experimentation was incredible.'
Watch the condensed interview now and be sure check out the rest of the In Fashion series, featuring some of the industry’s most effervescent individuals including Dazed's former creative director Nicola Formichetti and the inimitable Alexander McQueen.
Yesterday, 9 November we spent an inspiring day at the NikeLab in Shoreditch, as our own Lou Stoppard chaired a conversation on women, sport and fashion. Other panelists included tennis star Maria Sharapova, famous for her customised Nike looks on the court, and designer Pedro Lourenco, whose collection for the sports brand was released last month.
The group discussed innovation in sportswear and the fusion of sport and fashion: 'Sport has such an amazing aesthetic, it's not surprising fashion is influenced by it,' declared Lourenco. Sharapova spoke about her earliest memories of discovering fashion upon moving to America from Russia aged 7, and her love for combining form with function in her on court wardrobe: 'It's so powerful to be good at what you do and to wear something that makes you want to do it better.'
You wont have long to wait to watch the panel, we'll be releasing the footage this Wednesday, 12 November. In the meantime watch more from our In Conversation series featuring the likes of Suzy Menkes, Alber Elbaz and Yohji Yamamoto.
Last month our editor Lou Stoppard attended the Nike Women’s Summit in New York, which debuted some of the sportswear label’s exciting upcoming products, including the collaborative collection by Brazilian designer Pedro Lourenço (seen above worn by Karlie Kloss). Nike’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection was unveiled at the event, modelled by 27 of the world's top athletes including Paula Radcliffe & Laura Robson.
This Sunday, 9 November, Stoppard will be chairing a conversation at Shoreditch, London’s Nikelab on the subjects of women, sport, fashion and innovation and featuring panelists Maria Sharapova and Pedro Lourenço. Stay tuned for the footage, launching next Wednesday 12 November and follow our Twitter for quotes live from the event.
It’s the last day of digital artist Claudia Maté’s reign over the SHOWstudio Tumblr! Review her lighthearted curation - a gaggle of glorious GIFs that bring to life some of fashion’s most famous images from Naomi Campbell by Steven Meisel to Vivienne Westwood by Juergen Teller as well as irreverent artworks such as Lorena Prain's portrait of a nude Justin Bieber. You can also revisit past curations by the likes of fashion designer Mary Katrantzou, artist Erica Schreiner and stylist Ellie Grace Cumming.
It's part two of our live editorial Pin-ups shoot with 10 Magazine! Today Nick Knight is on set with Victoria's Secret Angels Lily Donaldson and Lily Aldridge as they continue to reinterpret the traditional codes and motifs of erotic imagery. Expect animal costumes, 3D scanning and a whole lot of feathers.
Watch NOW to see the shoot as it happens and stay tuned for the finished images, coming soon in the Spring issue of 10 Magazine!