At the end of a somewhat bumper year (which included our move from Clerkenwell to Mayfair, the launch of SHOWstudio SHOP and of course our retrospective exhibition SHOWstudio: Fashion Revolution at Somerset House) we have now officially flown the coop for Christmas, with the SHOWstudio.com office open for business again on 4 January 2010 and the SHOP resuming trading on 5 January.
For us all, a break in action gives a moment to reflect on the frankly breakneck speed of the past few weeks, with dozens of live shoots and broadcasts - at the moment showcased in our BLOG archives, although next year will mark the release of archive material created to document the action. Not least of this will be the film portraits created alongside Nick Knight's photography as part of our climactic 100 Portraits project for i-D magazine, staged at Somerset House throughout early December.
For now, there is still a raft of recent projects to enjoy - including Ruth Hogben and Fran Burns' Untitled film study of A/W 2009's trends for fur; The Modern Gentry, our examination of contemporary menswear in collaboration with leading London bespoke labels; and our ongoing search for new filmic material as backdrop to Lady Gaga's Monster Ball tour.
Delving further back, our In Fashion project showcases archive interviews with some of the contemporary fashion's biggest names, including photographers Sølve Sundsbø and Tim Walker, PR guru Mandi Lennard, and Richard Nicoll and Marios Schwab, London fashion's golden boys and the newly-appointed heads of Cerruti and Halston respectively. Last - but by no means least - we have the interactive, cinematic feast that is Plato's Atlantis, the title taken from Alexander McQueen's S/S 2010 collection, which was exclusively broadcast live by SHOWstudio.com, under the direction of Nick Knight directed and with the support of IMG. Our project not only showcases our film of the show itself, but also an exclusive one-on-one interview between Nick Knight and Alexander McQueen.
However, amidst the frenzied action of the final few days of the exhibition, ow SHOWstudio.com face was conspicuously absent. After over a decade of work on SHOWstudio.com, our stalwart Creative Director Paul Hetherington left last Wednesday to follow his own creative path as a freelance creative director and graphic designer. With typical understatement, Paul rounded off his days with us quietly and with little fanfare at a small, well-respected and eminently understated public house on Bruton Street. An integral cog to the SHOWstudio.com machine, he will be greatly missed by us all. Our former Creative Technical Director Ross Phillips has now taken on the mantle of the site's creative direction.
Onwards and upwards. We'll see you all in 2010!