Inspired by the image of a blackened sunflower head, Nick Knight and Amanda Harlech unite on a live shoot featuring model-of-the-moment Molly Bair in a selection of Junya Watanabe and Comme des Garcons. Entitled Amor, the project explores the parallels between creativity and love - both all-encompasing, yet transient. Tune in and watch the shoot unfold live from the studio on Sunday 27 June and Monday 28 June from 11:00 BST!
Our Transformative series returns! This running series of exclusive interviews with stylists, makeup artists and hairdressers continues as influential makeup artist Val Garland shares her experiences of working with designer Gareth Pugh, filmmaker Ruth Hogben and M.A.C cosmetics.
Recalling Hogben’s fashion film to celebrate M.A.C’s collaboration with Pugh, Garland sat down with Nick Knight to discuss the difference between doing makeup for still images and films: ‘With photography, you have more time to make sure that what’s on your canvas is perfect from that angle- there’s more work involved for film because it’s got to look good from every angle, even the back.’
Garland also talks about creative freedom- ‘Gareth said do what you want and that’s exactly what I wanted to hear’- and capturing Pugh’s distinctive aesthetic through the medium of makeup: ‘It’s mysterious, it’s quite gothic and dark, like Gareth, so I think it was a good collaboration.’
Watch the interview now and don’t forget to revisit Garland in conversation with Terry Barber and SHOWstudio editor Lou Stoppard to hear the trio discuss Alexander McQueen show makeup as part of the 'V&A Connects' series.
Our model interview series, Subjective, is back! This week, Karen Elson reminisces about working with dynamic photography duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott and stylist Katie Grand on a daring editorial shoot for POP magazine’s Spring/Summer 2005 issue.
The British supermodel sat down with Nick Knight to candidly discuss the image’s nudity (‘I was like oh shit, I’m naked in Ibiza, people are beeping their horns- it was just such a spectacle’), the perils of over-production- ‘You can’t take away spontaneity from a photograph’- and the excitement of posing for Mert & Marcus: ‘As a model, sometimes knowing less is best- you’re thrown into it and it’s like an instinctual reaction happens.’
In the meantime, take a look back at Joshua Osborn’s eye-catching illustrations of the most salient collections from Milan or Clément Louis’ striking artworks interpreting the LC:M S/S 16 shows. All are available to peruse on Tumblr and shop at SHOWstudio/MACHINE-A!
'Lee wanted his woman to be different… it was the other side of aspirational beauty' says Barber of McQueen's unconventional aesthetic. The pair reminisce about their involvement in some of the late designer's most celebrated shows, from Voss ('It was botox beauty') to No 13 ('The only time I saw Lee cry'). Garland summarises: 'He gave me some of the most fantastic moments in my career that will always live with me. Wasn’t I lucky to be a part of it?'
Last night SHOWstudio had the pleasure of attending V&A Connects with M.A.C. Make-up artists Val Garland and Terry Barber sat down with our own Lou Stoppard to dicuss creating some of Alexander McQueen's most iconic looks, from the 'botox beauty' of Voss to the macabre clowns of What a Merry Go Round. Stay tuned for complete footage of the panel and audience Q&A, coming soon to SHOWstudio!
SHOWstudio presents a new fashion film created by Marcelo Burlon for his brand County of Milan. Released in tandem with the A/W 15 collection, the film is a celebration of bravery and passion.
The collection plays with the esoteric dualism between the black and the red, inspired by gauchos from Burlon’s homeland, Patagonia. ‘Its core mood is a contemporary reinterpretation of gaucho apparel with a hint of intergalactic futurism - a space gaucho’ Burlon explains. The concept of the film is ignited by legendary dancer and choreographer, Maurice Bejart's 1961 Ravel Boero, which too used black and red as a leitmotif, yet the feeling differs completely.
Directed by Daniel Sannwald, alongside creative director Heiko Keinath and with make-up by Isamaya Ffrench, the idea is brought to life by dancers Louis McMiller, Kukiko Takase and Karen Bengo.
Watch County of Milan’s film exclusively on SHOWstudio!
In the meantime, look back at Clément Louis’ eye-catching artworks from LC:M S/S 16 shows including Alexander McQueen, Lou Dalton and Craig Green. Browse the complete selection on Tumblr or shop them at SHOWstudio/MACHINE-A now!
SHOWstudio is excited to announce Ronan Mckenzie as the winner of our Marques’Almeida S/S 15 campaign competition!
Mckenzie was born and raised in Walthamstow, North East London. The twenty year old stylist and photographer’s work is based around her local London, inspired by interesting clothes and people that capture a certain nonchalance.
Mckenzie’s submission consisted of a playful short film and stills shot on an old JVC tape recorder, which was then plugged into a TV and filmed again on her iPhone. From the exuberant performances of models Jessie Keegan and Ellen Rose Christophers to the nostalgic filming process, the film captures Marques’Almeida’s undone aesthetic perfectly.
Our Voicemail interviews are back for S/S 16! In phone calls with SHOWstudio editor Lou Stoppard, industry creatives including designers, stylists, make-up artists and casting directors chat about the shows they’ve worked on and seen.
This season's series kicks off with designer Henry Holland’s call in which he discusses his debut menswear collection, his decision to make it immediately available for sale and his collaboration with photographer Martin Parr.
British supermodel Liberty Ross speaks again with Nick Knight for this weeks Subjective interview, this time discussing working together on a shoot for the Sunday Times and collaborating on a story for British Vogue
Ross and Knight talked over topics including modelling post motherhood, performativity and the sensual shoot the pair created for British Vogue; ‘What I loved is that you really put it back on me and said to me ‘I’m only going to do it if it comes from you’, which to me was so exciting.’ Ross explains. ‘I love this image because I really think it speaks for itself... I wanted to capture eroticism’.
The pair also touched upon Ross’ participation in SHOWstudio’s More Beautiful Women project in 2002. Why not take a look back at the project which pays homage to Andy Warhol’s screen tests.
Edited footage of Tom and Ruth Chapman’s forthright In Fashion interview is now available! The co-founders and CEOs of MATCHESFASHION.COM sat down with Lou Stoppard to discuss the differences between running a shop and a website and what makes a successful brand, explaining that ‘the brand starts with the product. If the product isn’t good, the product isn’t good.’
SHOWstudio is delighted to present Scripting a New World, a new fashion film curated and produced by art director Dejan Jovanovic. The salient film focuses on LGBT awareness and specifically 'the struggle of young people growing up, being different, and the management and realisation of how being different is the essence of change towards a new future.'
The starting point of the film was a poem, written by teaching artist and poet Joanna Hoffman. From this foundation, director Christina Ladwig, producer Sophie Ruthensteiner, stylist Julien Alleyne, along with Jovanovic's special effects and a specially composed score by Jakob Rabitsch, aim to capture the struggle and turn the concept into something relatable.
Watch Scripting a New World exclusively on SHOWstudio now!
We are delighted to announce that SHOWstudio are the winners of the 'most creative collaboration' award at the REBELS 2015!
The collision of luxury and lifestyle is fracturing the contemporary travel industry, transforming travel brands into lifestyle brands with a distaste for the conventional. THE REBELS recognise those creative dissenters whose fight for their individual cause finds them at the forefront of this new, limited edition take on travel.
This year’s shortlist was compiled by a creative cartel of cross-industry artists whose own experience in deviating from the norm won them a place on the judging panel. Then the collective had their say when they voted on the winners at LE Miami 2015.
To coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach and the launch of the hotel, SHOWstudio partnered with The Miami Beach EDITION to host a series of interviews with creative visionaries in contemporary culture, including renowned hotelier Ian Schrager, who discusses the American dream in an interview with Carrie Scott, on location in Miami from the hotel’s exclusive new bungalows.
Massive thanks to EDITION and Purple PR for all their help.
As our coverage of the London menswear collections gets underway, photographer and filmmaker Ellie Tsatsou went backstage at the Cottweiler and Nasir Mazhar S/S 16 shows, creating images exclusively for SHOWstudio!
Featuring imagery from the Cottweiler studio in the days leading up to their S/S 16 show, Tsatsou has created a ‘moving mood board,’ with an exclusive soundtrack by sound artist Panthamilk, giving a unique insight into the creative process and inspirations of the British menswear duo.
Tsatsou then captured the scenes backstage at both the Cottweiler show and British designer Nasir Mazhar’s S/S 16 collection.