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    Marina Mika is our Paris Couture Illustrator for A/W 17!

    For Paris Haute Couture Week 2017, starting Sunday 2 July, fashion illustrator Marina Mika will be creating unique artworks for SHOWstudio interpreting couture looks straight from the catwalk.

    Marina Bitunjac is an illustrator with a degree in visual communication and graphic design. She was born in Croatia, in 1992 and is known by her illustrative (and social media) name Marina Mika.

    Her expertise is graphic ink illustration inspired by fashion and fairy tales. Her work features mostly on online blogs dedicated to contemporary art, such as The TAX Collection, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine and Designcollector. 

    You can see Mika's artist renderings as they come in from the Paris couture catwalk shows whilst she guest curates SHOWstudio's Tumblr, and follow our collections coverage to see the imagery alongside the runway looks.

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    Haute Couture A/W 17 Panel Schedule
    Our live panel line up for Paris Couture Week

    During Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week A/W 17, SHOWstudio will be hosting two live panel discussions on the shows that spark debate and the designers that push the boundaries. 

    This season, Lou Stoppard, Finn McTaggart and Mimma Viglezio chair panels alongside various industry experts on a range of issues currently affecting the fashion industry, all streamed live at either 11:00 or 17:00 BST.

    See the schedule below and tune into our Iris Van Herpen and Maison Margiela couture panels.

    Iris Van Herpen

    Monday 3 July 2017 at 12:00 BST 

    Topic: This panel debates van Herpen's role in pushing boundaries in fashion technology and celebrates the designer's ten-year anniversary.


    Mimma Viglezio, creative consultant

    Hilary Alexander, writer

    Niamh White, curator

    Jose Teunissen, writer

    Ariane Koek, producer

    Watch the panel discussion here.

    Maison Margiela

    Wednesday 5 July 2017 at 17:00 BST

    Topic: This panel focuses on the evolution of couture and contemporary craft.


    Lou Stoppard, editor

    Nick Knight, photographer

    Edward Meadham, designer

    Amy De la Haye, professor

    Anna Trevelyan, stylist

    Per Götesson, designer

    Watch the panel discussion here.

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    'Moving Kate' exhibition now open in Tokyo

    Moving Kate, SHOWstudio's exhibition showcasing artist renderings of Kate Moss' most memorable fashion moments, is now open to the public at The Mass Gallery in Tokyo after a successful showcase in London earlier this year.

    A selection of contemporary fashion illustrators and creatives have offered their own take on the runway and editorial looks of model Kate Moss, selected by the model herself and curated by SHOWstudio's Bex Cassie. 

    More than 40 original artworks from the likes of Jenifer CorkerUnskilled Worker and Rei Nadal are accompanied by footage of Moss from SHOWstudio's extensive archive. 

    The exhibition is held at The Mass, a space dedicated to the display of modern and contemporary art, located at 5-11-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-Ku, in Tokyo. Open from Friday 30 June - Monday 31 July 2017.

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    What do you want to know about Travis Scott?

    Travis Scott, world-renowned rapper and producer, is the latest cultural icon to be featured in our live one-on-one interview series!
    SHOWstudio Editor-at-Large Lou Stoppard will be posing questions to the fashion and music star, as he joins the likes of Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Kate Moss, Juergen Teller and Wolfgang Tillmans as a participant in our ongoing In Camera project.
    The In Camera series allows a global online audience, as well as Scott's peers and collaborators, to pose questions answered during a live and unedited broadcast. Head to SHOWstudio now to submit your questions for Scott and tune in at 12:00 BST 2 July 2017 for an in-depth exploration into his life, work and influences.

    You can submit your question here.

    While you wait, revisit Twisted, Nick Knight's collaboration with Travis Scott for the cover story of Numero Homme Magazine

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    MACHINE-A Celebrates Ken Doll with Archive Exhibition and Martine Rose T-Shirt!

    To celebrate Barbie’s THE NEW CREW release of fifteen diverse Ken dolls, MACHINE-A’s founder and buying director, Stavros Karelis, has curated an archive exhibition of Ken dolls that will go on display at the independent concept store.

    Hand selected by Karelis, the exhibition will include archive Ken dolls that pay tribute to the new range that offers over twenty different looks, three body types and four ethnicities Archive dolls will include the 1991 MC Hammer Ken, a 2009 Ken by Gareth Pugh, which features a miniature version of a patent leather coat from his A/W 09 menswear collection, as well as a 2011 Ken by Ambush among many more!

    The exhibition will be displayed alongside an exclusive T-shirt by Martine Rose that celebrates Ken’s origin with the designer graphic featuring an archive image from 1968, reworked in her own inimitable style.

    Head over to MACHINE-A from 7 July 2017 to see the retrospective exhibition!



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    FAMILY: A new collective of global creatives

    FAMILY is the name of a new collective of global creatives who have teamed together to launch a series of graphic tees launching this week at Paris Fashion Week.

    The project is fronted by Nic Jones, co-founder of Parisian collective Surface to Air, now of Canadian store Jonathan+Olivia, where the tees will be available, alongside Colette, from 24 June 2017. Proceeds from the sales will go to War Child - an independent charity whom are responsible for providing aid for children in areas experiencing conflict or it’s aftermath. A number of talent is involved, including; Off White's Virgil Abloh, ALYX's Matthew Williams, Common Good agency's Jamie Webster x Berkeley Poole, VICE TV chef Matty Matheson, Vexed Generation, NYC's Fraser Cook  - Nike x Kamilla Sun, Aritzia's Brian Hill, Graphic designer Pieter Ceizer, Cactus Plant Flea Market, Actor Dan Levy, NYC artist Mark Samsonovich and Surface to Air.

    In a time when there are those doing their best to polarise and terrify the world’s population, this project celebrates homogeny, finding beauty in youth and coming together as one to send a message; As FAMILY, we are always better together.

    Imagery shot by Pat O'Rourke.

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    SHOWstudio x Port Eliot Festival

    SHOWstudio's latest exhibition, Fashion Flora will be travelling to Port Eliot festival from Friday 27 July to Monday 30 July! As part of the festival's continual exploration into the creative industries, fusing the likes of art, fashion, flowers and music, SHOWstudio will be hosting a pop up gallery at the Orangerie.

    The exhibition will showcase bespoke fashion illustrations from Fashion Flora, originally shown at our gallery space at 22D Ebury Street. The exhibition captures some of the greatest floral catwalk moments as chosen by floral designer Flora Starkey. In tandem with Nick Knight, Starkey allocated these moments to our community of artists to re-intepret the looks in their unique stylings. Exceptional floral looks by the likes of Alexander McQueen, Valentino, Dior and many more will be on show.

    In addition to the exhibition, SHOWstudio will be hosting live art master classes with the exceptionally talented illustrators Fiona Gourlay, Jenifer Corker and Gill Button

    Follow SHOWstudio on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for live coverage of the festival!

    Tickets to attend the Port Eliot can be purchased here.

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    François-Henri Galland is our Paris Menswear illustrator for S/S 18!

    As part of our extensive collections coverage, every season SHOWstudio collaborates with artists and fashion illustrators to depict the season's offering. A different artist illustrates key looks from each city. Following on from Sally Bourke and Crystal W.M. Chan, renowned artist François-Henri Galland will be interpreting the shows for Paris Fashion Week Men's S/S 18.

    Galland grew up in Madagascar and now works and lives in Paris. He began focusing on ink portraits a decade ago, using Chinese tools as his medium, transitioning into watercolours.

    Galland's work seeks to convey emotion and gesture, with as few marks and details as possible, capturing the essence of his subject impeccably.

    Be sure to keep an eye on the SHOWstudio Tumblr to see this imagery as it is created, as well as our collections coverage to see the art and catwalk inspiration side by side. 

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    Crystal w.m. Chan is our Milan Menswear Illustrator for S/S 18!

    As part of our extensive collections coverage, every season SHOWstudio collaborates with artists and fashion illustrators to depict the season's offering. A different artist illustrates key looks from each city. These unique artworks will be available to purchase on our e-store soon after.

    Our Milan Menswear S/S 18 illustrator is Crystal w.m. Chan! Chan was born in Macau, a former Portuguese colony in China but is currently based in New York. Since 2012 she has been exploring her self taught craft and has featured in exhibitions in Macau, Hong Kong, Singapore, San Francisco and New York.

    Her signature style exhibits heavy influences from her Chinese heritage, often reworking elements of her native caligraphy into watercolour. Her aim is to provoke elicit emotions with those who view her pieces, through the direct, honest and autobiographical nature of the work.

    Be sure to keep an eye on the SHOWstudio Tumblr to see this imagery as it is created, as well as our collections coverage to see the art and catwalk inspiration side by side. 

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    Royal College of Art MA 2017

    MA shows are visual declarations from brilliant minds, an option for the industry to tap the keg of youth and its innovative, fresh ideas. For 2017, on election day - a day filled with news, media hysteria and an abundance of stuffy suits in the public eye - the RCA presented a remedial slap of refreshingly energetic talent and style. Shown across three floors of the Old Truman Brewery, this presentation was a declaration of politics, race and gender. 
    First up was Zahra Sooty Hosseini, whose modern Iran-inspired pieces were entirely interchangeable. Sat centre stage in a pool of Sooty’s designs while the fashion pack took their seats, the models rose to show the versatility of the garments as a call to prayer rang overhead - dress transformed into prayer mat, prayer mat into slick hooded suit, suit into cape and back into mat for the models to pray. Particularly pertinent considering the recent attacks, Sooty’s work is a reminder about the way Islam is so often misconceived in the western world. 
    The gong of call to prayer became a singing fog horn as Michael Stewart’s ladies of the moor stepped out. Cut on the bias, Stewart’s designs are all about drawing the eye to the hip. Henry Moore inspired hand-made wrist and waist cuffs hugged the body and drew attention further to those sumptuous lines. One thought of sculpture, of Heathcliff and of Hans Bellmer. In a world of Kardashian silhouettes, Michael Stewart offers a beautiful alternative. 
    Innovative knitwear from Verity Germer challenged our comfort zones with thick and thin ribbed sleeves and oversized pinch pleat shoulder, Aubrey Wang’s fishbowl head ornaments, silver trousers and plastic bag stripes nodded to a fun future of fashion with a nineties twist, Colin Horgan’s Tekken and Gladiator inspired women came in iridescent and holographic patent strips and black oversized flares, showing the viewer his women are ready to take on the world and Jennifer Koch’s vivacious models danced and sprang about the stage in their shimmering candy coloured metallic tracksuits, throwing fortune cookies toward the audience. (Each of which cleverly had Jennifer’s contact within.) Amongst all the fantasy and frivolity these designs shone as covetable and marketable items.
    Fabien Kis-Juhasz took a torch to the generic horror film female stereotypes and gave them a new club-kid lease of life. Debutante was given a boozy twist with slurred make-up and nipple accessory, Grandma (retitled as The Anarchic Mother) was given chunky extra-prominent shoulders and a soft pink headscarf and the final bride came with a stomp in her buxom breasted gown complete with waxen lingerie accessories. A wonderful deconstruction of femininity as a construct. 
    From female empowerment to manipulated menswear, Charlotte McDonald’s denim and parka-like visions had the front row leering over toe to get a better look at her techniques. McDonald had used radio frequency welding to create her distressed and structured jackets and trouser - each of which looked to challenge the way masculinity is represented.
    When roaming through the upper and lower floors, creativity seemed to appear from each corner as if course leader Zowie Broach had created a Willy Wonka Factory for arts and fashion. Up top, viewers were entranced by Binbin Hu’s conjoined models, each attached with a white or cream lightly ribbed dress. One thought of Ernesto Neto’s sculptures as models moved and swayed creating new shapes and shadows as they nonchalantly wagged cigarettes and vapes from fingers. 
    Down below in the basement, Abbie Stirrup's performance saw models coated in neon slime, creating second-skin body suits in dripped neons and deep purples. Her ‘tailored gunge’ an impressive design feat. 
    Back on ground floor, the topical themes and designs were abound. Bianca Saunders sought to define modern black masculinity with her collection ‘Personal Politics’. Bathed in a rose glow, her models carried each other in a ceremonial manner, each wearing her already highly-praised designs - lacquered beige kick flares, grey sweatpants with coral like crimping on each hip and strapped puffer jacket and crop. Ellie Rousseau’s Manchester club-kids came in rave-coloured, checkerboard and graffiti print oversized knits and jean with some models sporting Manchester’s bee symbol on their hands - particularly poignant considering the recent attacks. Models also held up political banners that read ‘Corbyn In, Tories Out’ and ‘Save our Future’ - reminding us of the uncertain times ahead.
    Each student, thanks to Broach’s tutelage, presented a truly wonderful presentation of craft and performance that emblazoned each student’s passion and awareness. Each offering was a finger on the pulse moment showing an impressive and deserved sense of confidence. 
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    Mulberry x Grayson Perry: Balloon Giveaway!

    This week, luxury retailer Mulberry are giving away free Grayson Perry designed Balloons to the public from their Bond Street Flagship store.

    The Balloons depict Perry's childhood teddy bear 'Alan Measles', designed, created and distributed in order to celebrate the opening of Grayson Perry’s 'The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!' at the Serpentine Galleries in London from 8 June to 10 September 2017.

    There are limited numbers each day and there is only one week left to secure your own unmissable disposable art piece from the eccentric artist. The Mulberry Bond St opening hours are Monday-Saturday 10:00-17:00 BST and Sunday 12:00-18:00 BST.

    Don't miss these beautiful gifts! 

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    Sally Bourke is our London S/S 18 Menswear illustrator!

    London Fashion Week Men's has begun! Every season, SHOWstudio commissions a new artist to interpret key runway looks from the current collections. For time it's artist Sally Bourke.

    Bourke is an Australian-based painter whose studio career spans almost twenty years and has been exhibited widely in Australia. Her artwork is inspired by her upbringing and her portraits and scenes are an attempt to make reconciliations with her past, live in the present and imagine the future.

    Head to the SHOWstudio Tumblr to stay updated with Sally Bourke’s portrayal on the LFWM collections!

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    Men's S/S 18 Collections Panel Schedule
    Whats happening this menswear season!

    Live Panel Discussions: shows that raise eyebrows, pique interest and spark debate This season, our Live Panel Discussions focus on the shows SHOWstudio deems the most relevant and conversation-worthy. Lou Stoppard and Finn McTaggart will chair panels alongside industry experts. Our panels this season will be streamed regularly at 11:00 or 17:00 BST. See our schedules for each city below:


    Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY Saturday, 10 June, at 17:00 BST

    Topic: Young London. How has the city's longstanding interplay between club culture and fashion shaped new designers?


    Finn McTaggart, SHOWstudio editor

    Lyall Hakaraia, mentor and creative maverick

    Princess Julia, DJ and writer

    Willie Walters, professor

    Richard Mortimer, editor

    See what the panelists had to say about Charles Jeffery in the live panel discussion here

    Pitti Uomo

    JW Anderson Thursday, 15 June, at 11:00 BST

    Topic: Art and Fashion. Off the back of Anderson’s Disobedient Bodies exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield, we discuss the 'designer as curator'.


    Finn McTaggart, SHOWstudio editor

    Mimma Viglezio, creative consultant

    Amnah H Knight, editor

    Jenna Rossi-Camus, curator

    Hettie Judah, writer

    Watch the panel discuss J.W Anderson S/S 18 Men's collection and Disobedient Bodies exhibition here


    Dolce & Gabanna Saturday, 17 June, at 17:00 BST

    Topic: Social media and the rise of the ‘influencers’. Students weigh in on fashion’s new relationship with celebrity.


    Lou Stoppard, SHOWstudio editor

    Marco Bajjali, menswear student at Royal College of Art

    Ben Duncan, fashion design student at University of Westminster

    Natasha Ahmed, fashion promotion & imaging student at University of Creative Arts Epsom

    Priyesh Patel, fashion history and theory student at Central Saint Martins

    Live footage from the D&G panel discussion is now available to watch here.

    Prada Sunday 18 June, at 17:00 BST 

    Topic: This year, Prada staged their first fashion show dedicated to Cruise. This panel focuses on the changing business models dominating fashion.


    Lou Stoppard, SHOWstudio editor

    Mimma Viglezio, creative consultant

    Karinna Nobbs, academic

    Mandi Lennard, fashion PR

    Trino Verkade, creative consultant

    See what our panelists had to say about Prada S/S 18 menswear here


    Walter Van Beirendonck Wednesday, 21 June, at 17:00 BST

    Topic: This discussion considers how gay culture has impacted, shaped and changed fashion.


    Finn McTaggart, SHOWstudio editor

    Dino Bonacic, writer and creative director

    Tom Rasmussen, journalist and drag queen

    Jake Hall, writer

    See what our panelists had to say about Walter Van Beirendonck's S/S 18 collection, and the issues of representation of gay and queer culture in fashion here.

    Comme Des Garcons Homme Friday, 23 June, at 17:00 BST

    Topic: To time with the Met’s current show, The Art of the In-Between, this panel looks at the cult of Comme.


    Finn McTaggart, SHOWstudio editor

    Jeffrey Horsely, curator

    Conner Ives, designer

    Rob Nowill, editor

    Watch the panel discussion about Rei Kawakubo's S/S 18 offering here.

    New York

    Raf Simons: Wednesday 12 July, at 17:00 BST

    Topic: The designer as a creative director. This panel considers the role a designer can play in changing and shaping a brand, in this case, Calvin Klein.


    Lou Stoppard, SHOWstudio editor

    Stavros Karelis, buying director

    Andrew Davis, stylist

    Patrick Grant, creative director

    While you wait for the panels, head to our Collections page to stay up to date with what menswear is offering for S/S 18! 

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    Nick Knight OBE, in Conversation with Mimma Viglezio 

    SHOWstudio’s director, Nick Knight, will be doing a talk at the Sarabande Foundation for his first patron event 6 June 2017.

    Sarabande was established by Lee Alexander McQueen to support artists and designers who are creatively fearless. The foundation grants scholarships to seven of the leading universities for art and design across the UK and provides subsidised studios for artists and designers in East London. 

    A patron of Sarabande since 2016, Knight will be in conversation with writer and creative consultant, Mimma Viglezio, on his years of collaborating across the creative industries with leading designers such as John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Yohji Yamamoto.

    The discussion will be held 5 June 2017 at 19:00 BST. Tickets for the event are available at Eventbrite

    The event is supported by Ketel One Vodka, founding partner of Sarabande.

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    SHOWstudio's exhibition 'Moving Kate' travels to Tokyo

    SHOWstudio are happy to announce that this month our fashion illustration exhibition Moving Kate will be travelling to Tokyo!

    A selection of contemporary fashion illustrators and creatives have offered their own take on runway looks of model Kate Moss. More than 40 original artworks by illustrators by the likes of Jenifer Corker, Unskilled Worker and Rei Nadal are accompanied by footage of Moss from SHOWstudio's extensive archive, as well as unique 3D printed sculptures.

    The exhibition will be held at The Mass, a space dedicated to the display of modern and contemporary art, located at 5-11-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-Ku, in Tokyo. Open 30 June - 31 July 2017.

    Revisit our Moving Kate exhibition which was on display at our 22D Ebury Street space, or why not peruse our most recent exhibition, Fashion Flora

    Image: Suzy Platt's rendering of Kate Moss walking for Vivienne Westwood A/W 93.

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    Happy Birthday to Stephen Jones!

    Happy Birthday to the brilliant Stephen Jones

    In celebration of his 60th birthday and his forty years as a milliner,  British milliner Stephen Jones will be taking over the SHOWstudio Tumblr as our latest guest curator!

    Since graduating from Saint Martins School of Art in 1979, Jones started his millinery career by making hats for friends at a time when London was the centre for creativity and iconoclastic fashion ideas.

    Jones will be posting about his journey and experiences through archive and unseen imagery.

    Head over to the SHOWstudio Tumblr to keep up with Jones' take-over from 1-7 June and revisit our recent take-overs by Guillermo AndradeAlice Hawkins and many more!

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