For the 2018 edition of The Copenhagen International Fashion Fair, CIFF's Creative Director, Kristian Andersen, invited Stavros Karelis to curate the CIFF Raven Projects Area. As part of SHOWstudio and MACHINE-A's long-standing collaborative relationship, SHOWstudio travelled to Denmark to operate as media partners in February 2018 and August 2018, for 'ENLIGHTENMENT', co-curated by Sami Janjer. Karelis' unwavering support and knowledge of emerging design talent presents CIFF with a curation at the cutting edge of contemporary fashion.
To introduce the collaboration, Karelis interviewed CIFF's Kristian Andersen at SHOWstudio's location in London in December 2017. Karelis and Andersen discuss the process of choosing and combining international brands to create this uniquely innovative and unrivalled presentation.
From 30 January - 2 February 2018, SHOWstudio covered the fashion fair with a combination of live social media and a vary of broadcasts. Fashion Editor Georgina Evans interviewed the likes of Virgil Abloh, Max Lamb, Sami Janjer, Steve Salter, Matthew Williams and an MM6 representative, exploring the booths on show. Features Editor Lara Johnson-Wheeler spoke to Bex Cassie, Olya Kuryshchuk and Samuel Ross, asking these curators about their contributions to CIFF.
SHOWstudio also hosted a panel discussion during the fashion fair, asking whether the industry provides support for young designers and questioning the current climate for fast fashion. Britt Lloyd shot intimate portraits of each of the exhibitors, inspired by Irving Penn's 1948 Corner Portraits. Gabriel Carasso also took dynamic behind the scenes images, supplying 360 degree coverage of the event.
Returning to Copenhagen in August 2018 for CIFF SS19, SHOWstudio produced exclusive behind the scenes content. This season, the Special Project installation, 'ENLIGHTENMENT was co-curated by Stavros Karelis and Sami Janjer.
Contributions featured ten original artworks by Naomi Campbell and Peter Saville on Woolrich blankets. The blankets displayed Campbell's ten favourite inspirational quotes, designed by Peter Saville Studios. Continuing his explorations into the beauty of violence and potential energy, Nick Knight's film 'The Sound of Light's Own Destruction / 2' premiered at CIFF SS19. "Little Sun c/o Virgil Abloh" curated a field of solar powered Little Sun lights and an uniquely designed poster on sale here.