SHOWstudio: Phoebe Philo, Lady Gaga, Kat Marks, Kate Moss, Alice Hawkins and more

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Newswire | 04.02.11

Last week provided the final installment to's exclusive 200 Portraits series.  This ground-breaking series of video portraits was shot by Nick Knight as an inspired accompaniment to the series of photographic portraits he captured for i-D's 'Then Now Next' 30th anniversary issue. Now showcased in its entirety, the series serves as a celebration of some of the twenty-first century's top roster designers, musicians, actors, models and creatives.

Our array of illustrious sitters include fashion icons and pop culture idols alike, with the likes of Kate Moss, Phoebe Philo, Lady Gaga, Russell Brand, P!nk, La Roux and Naomi Campbell amongst many others, providing continued one on one face time with a cast of twenty-first century notables.

This week's exclusive fashion film launch showcases the innovative MA collection of fashion and jewellery designer Kat Marks - The Karass. Directed by Nick Knight and inspired by the particular elegance found in Art Deco forms, this film entwines the seductive image of a classic Vargas showgirl with the sinister sci-fi archetype of the Maschinenmensch, projecting the past into the twenty-first century in a retro-futuristic fusion. [more]
Our latest In Fashion live interview took place yesterday, where Fashion Director Alexander Fury spoke with celebrated British photographer and image-maker Alice Hawkins. But if you missed this illuminating and insightful conversation with one of Britain's foremost young fashion image-makers, fear not! We are re-streaming her In Fashion conversation unedited this afternoon from 16:00 GMT [more]
Central Saint Martins graduate Maiko Takeda has recently become the one-to-watch after winning the Swarovski Trend Forecast Award. Now exhibiting internationally, her UK debut happily happens to be taking place under the veil of SHOWstudio Shop’s latest show To Bed.  Stemming from her fascination with scientific and mathematical laws that we take for granted - such as shadows and gravity - Takeda's body of work is all about light and dark. In Cinematography Collection, the young artist explores the terrain within the art historical parameters of the classic nude: a frame is, to all intents and purposes, 'empty' but casts a shadow of its subject. One minute we see the seductive figure, the next we can't make out her shadow, the viewer's role as voyeur complicated as the subject of the 'shadowed painting' resists falling into that ever too familiar 'to-be-looked-at' female role. Visit To Bed and unmask Takeda’s compelling piece for yourself… [more]
Inspired by the boundless talent of Kat Marks, it is confirmed once again that the future is bright - the same thinking that informed our 2008 'Future Tense' fashion film season. Inspired by Hywel Davies' book 100 New Fashion Designers, this project approached a variety of designers with the simple brief to produce films exploring their own creative ethos and their increased sensitivity to their power as a brand. Accompanying films by Pierre Hardy, Rodarte, Peter Jensen, Lutz, Todd Lynn and Henrik Vibskov are intimate Q&As with each participant in addition to essays and features exploring the themes raised by the designers' films and the shift towards moving fashion as seen through the lens of influential young fashion writers.
NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil Short Film by Ruth Hogben
Following her collaboration with Gareth Pugh for his spectacular Pitti Immagine presentation earlier this month, fashion filmmaker Ruth Hogben's latest work is this film short showcasing the latest beauty product from NARS. The brand's Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil is captured on the pout of model Heather Marks in this exclusive beauty short - and beauty is indeed the word that leaps to mind as Marks' visage writhes across the frame in all six shades of glossy perfection. [more]
Miu Miu's fashion film foray - The Powder Room

Miu Miu is an unusual fashion label - initially a secondary line (don't say diffusion) of the Prada powerhouse, it quickly blossomed into it's own distinct entity, with a fan-base as prone to passionate displays of affection as those of its sister label.

That feminine love affair with Miu Miu has now been expanded and expounded into a series of short fashion films, titled 'Women's Tales' and created by female directors: the first, by Zoe Cassavetes, featured above.

TO BED: Private view

Last night, the latest SHOWstudio Shop show, To Bed, opened with a private view here at Bruton Place to showcase the new offerings to a selected group of guests. The work on display runs the gamut, from Jeremy Kost's intimate polaroids, to Maiko Takeda's shadow-casting frame, to Andy Warhol's 'Sleep' - one of Warhol's first video pieces, described as an 'anti-film' and consisting of five hours and twenty minutes of long take footage depicting John Giorno sleeping.

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