37 posts tagged "Nick Knight"
“John Galliano has really tiny feet—almost childlike,” observed a guest at the opening of SHOWstudio Shop’s Blackwhite exhibition in London Friday night. She was inspecting a pair of well-worn ballet slippers owned by the Dior designer, along with a collection of other Galliano artifacts, assembled in a shoebox by Lady Amanda Harlech—one of the few people in the world, we imagine, who has access to this sort of thing—and dusted with a thick coating of white baby powder (pictured, above). Childlike? Well, as they say, if the shoe fits. “They were from when he was a child,” explained shop curator Carrie Scott. “I am guessing his feet have grown since then.”
The Galliano box was one of many pieces on sale at Nick Knight’s event, where every piece was on sale, and, true to the title, black and white. (The only spots of color were the red check marks on a vintage contact sheet of Cecil Beaton’s—a roll of shots of Audrey Hepburn in full My Fair Lady regalia.) Also on offer: Irving Penn’s iconic portrait of Lisa Fonssagrives in a harlequin-print cape; a few Chanel couture headpieces by Kamo; a Knight shot of Kate Moss; Michael Howells’ black and white Union Jack (pictured, top), which was used for the 25th anniversary of London fashion week in September 2009; and a disturbing white bondage table created by artist Peter Saville, complete with painful-looking prongs and harnesses. Its title? Fashion.
Blackwhite runs through June 19 at SHOWstudio.com Shop, 1-9 Bruton Pl., London, www.shop.showstudio.com.
The ASVOFF (A Shaded View on Fashion Film) festival awards ceremony, the final event to cap off four weeks of collections, played to a packed house last night at the Centre Pompidou. Founder Diane Pernet awarded the first ASVOFF/Samsung prize of €3,000 ($4,417) to filmmaker Georgie Greville for her spoof on model castings, entitled I Wanna Be Your Dog. (That’s a still from the short pictured above.) “What Diane is doing is a sign of what’s to come in the future,” said jury president Rick Owens, who also starred in a Nick Knight piece. “Who knows where it will lead, but this is a pioneering event for fashion lovers.” Sound words considering this season’s number of live-streamed shows and Knight’s highly successful (almost too much so) collaboration with Alexander McQueen. As Pernet greeted guests like Gareth Pugh, Rad Hourani, and Hannah Marshall, she noted the event would likely move to the front of Paris fashion week for next year’s edition.
But he still will. The famously private Alexander McQueen jumped headfirst into social media on September 1 with this maiden tweet: “STRESSED! Microwave head meltdown! Sparks flying out of my brain! Preparing for the show—Lee McQueen.” Yes, it was really him. While McQueen’s Twitter @McQueenWorld has some of the publicist-driven tweets like other major fashion houses, the designer himself has been giving us intimate and occasionally expletive-filled little glimpses into his world, like this and this, and revealing abstract hints about the upcoming collection. It might actually be the case that for the shy designer—he once insisted on doing a TV interview with his back to the camera—Twitter may be the perfect mode of communication.
And McQueen is joining the likes of Louis Vuitton, Emporio Armani, and Burberry in live-streaming his show, called Plato’s Atlantis here on October 6 at 8:15 p.m Paris time. SHOWstudio head Nick Knight will be directing the live broadcast which will be spliced with footage already shot by McQueen and Knight that stars Raquel Zimmermann. Considering McQueen is usually one of the most thrilling and theatrical 15 minutes of Paris fashion week, it’s worth your while to tune in. In the meantime, you can pre-game on the site with a reel of past highlights.
Tired of hearing the two words “concept store”? Well, you may just be re-energized by the latest installment of such from London. “Up until now, so many fantastic props from fashion shoots, shows, and ad campaigns wound up in storage, back to the taxidermist, or even chucked,” said photographer Nick Knight at today’s viewing of his new shop on Bruton Place—the retail expansion of his Web site SHOWstudio. “These are real pieces of art, so why not treat them as such?” There it is: the “concept” of the new shop, which happens to be strategically placed nearby the city’s Matthew Williamson, Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs, and Rick Owens boutiques. Quite a departure for Knight. “It’s a career move I never counted on—it wasn’t in the plan,” he added. But then, who plans on selling seven-foot stuffed tigers (from an Alexander McQueen for Puma ad) or gigantic eyeballs (from a Karen Elson portfolio)? Among the other goodies are a skull-slashed Union Jack, whipped up by Galliano for a portrait of himself by Knight, and a lion’s head that was made for a Dior show in Versailles—an indication that this ain’t no flea market. The tiger goes for £50,000 (approximately $82,000) and the Galliano Union Jack is £25,000, while the eyeballs are a snip at around £3,000. “It’s not like buying an It bag, to be sure,” said Knight. “But then how often do you get the chance to buy not just art but real fashion history?”
AnOther Fashion Book, a greatest hits compilation of the fashion photography that has been featured in AnOther Magazine and AnOther Man over the past eight years, makes its stateside debut today—and we have Karl Lagerfeld to thank for it. Well, not entirely. “It was actually Karl who came up with the idea of doing a book,” explains AnOther founder and editor in chief Jefferson Hack, who edited the collection. “I was at the atelier in Rue Cambon, and he said to me, you know, you have this amazing archive, you should compile something that can be available and accessible to people as a resource. And,” Hack adds, “he said he’d publish it.” Needless to say, that was a pitch Hack was eager to run with. The first in a series of three book to be published by Lagerfeld’s imprint 7L and distributed via Steidl, AnOther Fashion Book features work by photographers such as Terry Richardson, Craig McDean, Mario Sorrenti, and Nick Knight. A book of portraits from the magazines will follow this fall, and a collection of AnOther and AnOther Man interviews will round out the trilogy next year. Here, Hack talks to Style.com about stripping out, slowing down, hanging Kate Moss, and dancing.
One of the things that intrigues me about this book is that you’ve let the images stand on their own. There’s no layout, no dates, no captions—no suggestion, really, that they were ever published in a magazine.
That was one of the first decisions we made when we began working on the book—to strip the magazine element out. This isn’t a book about AnOther Magazine. It’s a book about photography, and we wanted it to feel timeless. So we’ve taken the most stirring images and laid them out simply and created a running order that’s non-chronological, nonlinear. And not even entire spreads, often—just selections. My hope is that people who have never seen a copy of AnOther will come to this book and find it compelling.