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April 24 2014

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19 posts tagged "SHOWstudio"

Nick Knight In Bloom

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For his latest exhibition, opening at SHOWstudio’s London gallery October 11 during the Frieze Art Fair, Nick Knight holed up in a herbarium and spent over three years studying flower specimens. Not your usual fashion photography project by the lensman known for his collaborations with designers like Alexander McQueen and John Galliano, that’s for sure. “Going through the 6.5 million specimens in the Natural History Museum was not only intense because it took my wife and I three and a half years, but it was also an extraordinary project because the act of capturing each of our most favorite discoveries was rigorous,” he tells Style.com of the project, entitled Flora. “In the end [we] edited it down to just 40 individual images.” (Originally, the shots were part of his now out-of-print book by the same name—he’s picked out 15 images from the acclaimed publication to be displayed for the first time at SHOWstudio’s headquarters in London’s Mayfair.) “Because we (understandably) weren’t allowed to remove any of the flora from the museum, we ended up converting an area the size of a broom cupboard in the 131-year-old building into a studio space,” he adds. In conjunction with the exhibition, Paddle8.com launches its online sale of the newly released portfolio of 15 archival prints today, along with a series of Instagram shots Knight did for Paddle8 documenting the creative process behind the flower series. Here, a look at a few of the prints, which showcase the diversity in botany, included in the sale.

Photos: Nick Knight

Digital Daphne

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In May, Daphne Guinness famously settled into the window spaces at Barneys and turned them into her personal dressing room. While the world watched, the artist and social fixture prepared for the Met ball, modeling some of the enviable pieces from her collection. As it turns out, that’s not the last time Guinness played mannequin. Photographer Nick Knight’s SHOWstudio shot images of the heiress that will be used for virtual Printemps window displays in which the digital Guinness models clothes by the likes of Rick Owens, Gareth Pugh, and Maison Martin Margiela. The virtual statues—a part of the Visions Couture display set to be unveiled February 6, will be accompanied by a fashion film of each outfit and a multimedia display.

Photo: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

Death Becomes Her

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Daphne Guinness, dead again? The heiress-gone-style-icon recently laid herself on the slab to debut her collaboration with London jeweler Shaun Leane, and now she’s at it again. In The Death of Jean Seberg, a new fashion film that debuted on Nick Knight’s SHOWstudio, Guinness plays the titular gamine, who made history as the heroine of Godard’s Breathless (and helped to inspire a generation of pixie cuts) before meeting an untimely end under mysterious circumstances in 1979. The film, by director Joseph Lally, doesn’t claim to be historical or even accurate (“Film should not give satisfaction,” a title card reads), but the hour-long fantasy is no less interesting for that. The complete film is on view now at SHOWstudio.com. And speaking of Godard, the reclusive French director, who received (but didn’t show up to collect) an honorary Oscar this year, is in the news again, too: He’s got an interesting solution to the Greek economic crisis, if you’re interested.

Photo: SHOWStudio.com

Models In The Aisles, Jane Again,
Ralph Lauren’s Return To TV, And More…

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Is Naomi Campbell set to help Kate Moss down the aisle? In a new interview (with, admittedly, one of the U.K.’s most incorrigible tabloids), the supe won’t say she’s Kate’s bridesmaid—but she won’t say she’s not, either. Developing! [Vogue U.K.]

And speaking of weddings, model Lily Aldridge and Kings of Leon rocker Caleb Followill tied the knot last week. In case you missed it on Friday, here’s Lily’s custom Vera Wang gown. [@Styledotcom]

Jane Pratt—the eponymous Jane behind Jane and the founder of the much-beloved Sassy magazine—is back with a new Web site: xoJane.com. What’s in: Pepto-Bismol facials, nude bodysuits try-outs, and her usual blend of grabby headlines and measured snark. What’s out: Internet phenom Tavi, who was reportedly involved at an earlier stage in the site’s development. [xoJane.com]

The latest of SHOWstudio’s fashion films is now online. Ruth Hogben—the longtime SHOWstudio collaborator who’s made memorable films for the likes of Gareth Pugh—takes on Giles Deacon’s Fall ’11 Feral Lace collection for the house of Ungaro, with an assist from Katie Grand. [SHOWstudio]

Apparently, when Oprah calls, “no” is not an option. In the final days of her closing season, Winfrey will interview Ralph Lauren—despite the fact that he hasn’t given a TV interview in 20 years. [WWD]

Photo: Courtesy of Vera Wang

See Knight’s Tribute To McQueen, Phillip Lim Teams With Lane Crawford, And More…

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Nick Knight’s short film for Alexander McQueen, To Lee, With Love, Nick (left) screened at last night’s British Fashion Awards in London. Now you can see the whole trippily beautiful thing on Knight’s SHOWstudio.com. It’s well worth a watch. [SHOWstudio]

Speaking of fashion film, Phillip Lim is getting into the game, too. The designer is partnering with Lane Crawford and four up-and-coming women artists—Rain Li, Victoria Tang, Elle Muliarchyk, and Yi Zhou—to create films to celebrate the pioneering store’s 160th anniversary. [Dazed Digital]

Want to be in a Yves Saint Laurent commercial? You may soon have your chance. One hundred and thirty tall, elegant “beautiful people” are needed as extras for what’s said to be a YSL fragrance ad. Castingdujour.com has the details. [WWD]

This holiday season, beware the faux Ugg. The Australian fleece booties are apparently the No. 1 most counterfeited product for the holidays, followed by Coach bags, Tiffany jewelry, and, farther down the list, North Face jackets. [Consumerist via Racked]

Photo: SHOWStudio.com