Interview: Penny Martin
The Gentlewoman editor-in-chief Penny Martin interviewed by Lou Stoppard on 4 September 2014 as a part of SHOWstudio’s ‘In Fashion’ series.
Essay: Designer Purikura
Designer Purikura: Penny Martin on the cult of 'Purikura' and why SHOWstudio selected it to depict the Autumn/Winter 2007 collections.
Essay: Erwin Blumenfeld's Fashion Films, 1958-64
Experiments In Advertising: The Films Of Erwin Blumenfeld - Penny Martin on the work of the legendary photographer.
Essay: Perfume by Viktor&Rolf
Shelf Appeal: Penny Martin on the extreme beauty of Viktor&Rolf's most commercial offering.
Chanel's tennis ball shoes, Karl Lagerfeld's candarel dispenser, Fortnum and Mason's biscuits: Penny Martin selected designer objects of desire to analyse in this series of illustrative essays.
Essay: Handbag by Ann-Sofie Back
Shelf Appeal: Penny Martin on the hybrid, anti-fashion piece from Ann-Sofie Back's A/W 04 collection.
Essay: Helmet by Stephen Jones for Gibo
Shelf Appeal: Penny Martin on Stephen Jones and Julie Verhoeven's working relationship.
Essay: Parasol by Eley Kishimoto
Shelf Appeal: Penny Martin on the functional frippery of Eley Kishimoto's printed parasol.
Essay: Tennis Shoes by Chanel
Shelf Appeal: Penny Martin on sportswear's transition from functional innovation to fashionable commodity.
Essay: Mask by Lanvin
Writer and Editor Penny Martin unpicks the playful femininity of Lanvin's lace mask.
Essay: Hair Brush by BLESS
Shelf Appeal: Penny Martin on the 'sinister sexual iconography' of BLESS's 'Hair' brush.
Essay: Teapot by Vivienne Westwood
Shelf Appeal: Penny Martin on the 'creative capital' Vivienne Westwood bestows on the the classic ceramics firm Coalport.
Essay: Suitcase by Bottega Veneta
Shelf Appeal: Penny Martin on the secret symbolism of Bottega Veneta's luxury luggage.
Essay: Knickers by Alexander McQueen
Shelf Appeal: Penny Martin on Alexander McQueen's appropriation and revision of historical fashion.
Essay: Necklace by Marni
Shelf Appeal: Penny Martin on a flower necklace from Marni's Spring/Summer 2004 collection.
Essay: Biscuits by Fortnum & Mason
Shelf Appeal: Penny Martin on the cultural currency of the 'fashion gift'.
Essay: Hat by Yohji Yamamoto
Shelf Appeal: Penny Martin on Yohji Yamamoto's elegant reworking of the coolie hat.
Essay: Bracelet by Yves Saint Laurent
Shelf Appeal: Penny Martin on the symbolism of a bejewelled cuff from Tom Ford's penultimate Yves Saint Laurent collection.
Essay: Edo Bells by Maison Martin Margiela
Shelf Appeal: Penny Martin on the impeccable branding of Maison Margiela's homeware range.
Essay: Contact Lenses by Christian Dior
Shelf Appeal: Penny Martin on the extreme branding of Dior's contact lenses.
Essay: Shoes by Viktor&Rolf
Shelf Appeal: Penny Martin on the visual history of the red shoe and Viktor&Rolf's S/S 04 rendering.
Diary: It's a Question of Taste
Writing live on set, Penny Martin delves into the clothes themselves, examining Jonathan Kaye's approach to styling By Arrangement on the shoot's second day.
Diary: The Brief
Penny Martin sets the scene from the set of Nick Knight's S/S 04 W magazine shoot, celebrating flowers and fashion in tandem.