SHOWstudio: Pete Burns, Chanel, Raquel Zimmermann, Nick Knight, Nasir Mazhar, Cathy Horyn, Marina Abramovic, Gareth Pugh, Ruth Hogben, Erin O'Connor, Alexander McQueen, Katy England, Bobby Gillespie and more...

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Newsletter | 23 November 2011
Over Autumn 2011 Café Conversations invited a selection of the most intriguing, exciting and influential movers-and-shakers in the fashion and art world to pull up a chair for intimate one-on-one coffee and conversation. An influx of sitters marked the final days of The Café at Bruton Place, with footwear designer Rupert Sanderson in conversation with Mike Doxey; artist Julie Verhoeven speaking with fashion designer Peter Jensen; artists Sarah Bowman and Willie Landels in animated discussion, and a conversation between pop icon Pete Burns of Dead or Alive and award-winning film editor Dustin Robertson. The final conversation in this expansive series recorded young fashion star Simone Rocha talking to photographer Perry Ogden - a collaborator and influence behind Rocha's minimal, masculine-meets-feminine designs. A fitting finale to the Café Conversations season alongside acclaimed art and fashion figures including milliner Stephen Jones, fashion designers Mary Katrantzou and Roland Mouret, model Alexia Wight and artists Carlo Brandelli, Keith Tyson, and Henry Krokatsis. [more]
Karl Lagerfeld laid down a catwalk of steaming volcanic rock as backdrop to his Autumn/Winter 2011 Chanel show - and that mix of the savage and the graceful inflamed the collection as a whole. For the latest in our Object Fetish 2011 series, Lagerfeld's latest take on Chanel's signature luxe pauvre - a pair of simple fingerless woollen gloves, 'dressed' with elaborate costume jewellery - are the focus for Nick Knight's camera modelled by Raquel Zimmermann inside the Ladies' Paradise of Selfridges & Co.
Our Fashion Mix project continues to offer a unique aural reflection of contemporary fashion, giving a selection of fashion figures the opportunity to showcase their favourite songs of all-time - or maybe just the season. This week opened with a ten-song set from cutting-edge London milliner Nasir Mazhar, while the internationally respected fashion critic and journalist Cathy Horyn has chosen her favourite tracks to launch this Friday 25 November 2011. Stay tuned for the tunes! [more]
For the duration of the latest SHOWstudio Shop exhibition The Café, Café Concert streamed a series of intimate musical performances live and direct. Held in SHOWstudio's Bruton Place HQ, performers include singer/songwriter Patrick Wolf, Danish musician Oh Land, London-based chanteuse Jade Williams - a.k.a. Sunday Girl - and most recently the British pop-folk sensation King Charles. All performances, recorded live, are available to view now on SHOWstudio. [more]
Unpicking the intricacies of the contemporary fashion world, SHOWstudio's new article series Behind The Seams explores the ideas, inspirations and individuals shaping the landscape of twenty-first century fashion in an in-depth and ever-expanding series of texts, lead by SHOWstudio fashion director Alexander Fury. The first, Fashion Café, comes hot on the heels of the latest SHOWstudio exhibition The Café and examines fashion's fixation on creamy, coffee shades from darkest expresso to palest latte - brown as the new black, indeed. [more]
The latest exhibition to be staged in the SHOWstudio Shop space, In Your Face is a jolt to the senses, colliding  agitprop pieces from the world of fashion, fine art and film. The title reveals a duality, a reference to confrontation and also the immediately and universally legible language of the portrait. The exhibition includes works by artists, fashion designers and filmmakers - including Marina Abramovic, Douglas Gordon, Santiago Sierra, Nick Knight, Stephen Jones and Nasir Mazhar amongst many more -  who have engaged with the corporeal and the body as matter and in doing so have created works which resonate in a wider political sphere. The exhibition is also reflected in the online programming of SHOWstudio and celebrating a major relaunch of the site, with a new visual identity and fresh approach to always-outstanding fashion film and editorial content. Up-front, direct and sometimes brutal, In Your Face explores the contradictions, difficulties and traumatic engagements involved in our relationship to the world.
In Your Face opens at SHOWstudio on 1 December 2011
'Truly beautiful, very sophisticated, and incredibly chic' - those are fashion designer Gareth Pugh's own words to describe his first make-up range, created in collaboration with M.A.C. 'With an underlying edge of darkness and attitude' is his caveat, expressed to the fullest in his latest collaboration with fashion film director Ruth Hogben, a film designed to unveil the range to the public-at-large. Showcased on SHOWstudio from this Sunday 27 November 2011, this latest film takes a fresh approach to the well-established tradition of make-up advertisement by showcasing the powder and pigment of the Gareth Pugh for M.A.C range in motion: a selection of signature, specially-fashioned faces for the twenty-first century crafted with stylist Katie Shillingford and make-up artist Val Garland, and captured for posterity by Hogben's lens.
Taking the metamorphic potential of fashion imagery and following this through to an extreme, in July 2002 Nick Knight extended an invitation to friends and colleagues in the fashion, music and art worlds to participate in Transformer, a SHOWstudio project that challenged each to devise an act of transformation that held personal significance for them. The entire progress of this one-off two-day shoot is showcased in time-lapse footage, alongside four fashion films recorded live chart the transmutations devised and performed by Alexander McQueen, Erin O’Connor, Katy England and Bobby Gillespie. An image gallery animates Nick Knight's polaroids to reflect the on-set metamorphoses of fashion greats including Lily Cole, Juergen Teller, Judy Blame and Shaun Leane. [more]
In Your Face - December 1st, opening at Bruton Place
With just over a week until the opening of our next exhibition, In Your Face, things here at our Bruton Place headquarters are, in a word, humming.  Given that the show itself is supposted to be a jolt to the senses, colliding agitprop pieces from the world of fashion, fine art and film, it's been an incredible experience unwrapping all of the pieces as they come in.  From Franko B's hand-stiched canvases to Debra Baxter's knuckle dusters, we've been kept on our toes. [more]
Nick Knight - Lil Darling's Souldies
I found these fantastic illustrations on a incredible old soul music channel on Youtube run by someone called Lil Darling.
Love the music 100% and love the art.
If anybody know more about these I would love to find out who did them.
Nick Knight
Lily Donaldson - Connan Mockasin. Forever Dolphin Love.
I love Connan's voice. It's weird and a bit creepy. The album 'Forever Dolphin Love' has been one of my favourites for a while. 
Erol Alkan (who re-released the album earlier this year on his label, Phantasy) has done a remix of this song, along with Mr Micky Moonlight.
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