Craig and I are guest bloggers over at Fashion156 next week so drop us a line if you have anything interesting you think we should know about and be writing about..............otherwise its going to be us in our studio stirring tea with a knitting needle.............which is actually quite facsinating!
Friday, 14 May 2010
Wednesday, 12 May 2010
Man Like Me return to play The Electric Ballroom after last month's Camden Crawl to launch their new EP "Lovestruck". One of my top fave bands for their stage performance deploying props, Russian doll-esque layered costume changes, jumping brass section, banging beats, on point witty poetic lyrics and group dance moves...........a masterful front man Johnny Langer now flanked by new addition to the line up vocalist Jessie Ware.......seen here from their recent performance on the BBC Switch 5:19 show. For anyone in London wanting to catch them before the summer festival season, head to their original stomping ground and ATG tagged Camden Town tonight ........... records will be spun by guests The Maccabees
(Pics from top to bottom, Jessie by Dan a.k.a MLM trumpet player, EP on vinyl available May 24th on Black Butter records)
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Hillman Studio spent their weekend down at Dover Street Market installing the latest window display to launch the Tommy Hilfiger capsule collection of shoes for the Keith Haring foundation. The range of wellington boots and sneakers has been designed with the foundation to raise money for its work in supporting AIDS and children's charities. The interior has been designed in keeping with Keith Haring's original pop up shop on Lafayette Street. In '86 Haring expanded his creative universe into the commercial context in order to open up the experience of his work to children who might not have had the opportunity to see it elsewhere. In that vein I think this is a positive step to continue sharing his vision with the next generation that weren't around for the subway graffiti he penned himself. Its incredibly important to keep his distinctive talent alive as his life was cut criminally short by the disease that the foundation is now actively generating funds to overcome. If you have nippers in need of a new pair of kicks and the finances to invest in this cute collection take them down to Dover Street to have a look.
If you are in NYC you can put your Haring sneakers on to join the team on May 16th for the Aids Walk happening for the 25th year to raise money for HIV programs within the tri-state area..............its officially the largest AIDS fundraising event in the world!
(For ladies of a more dainty disposition wishing for something more whimsical than a pair of high-tops, I hear whisperings of a Haring collaboration with Nicholas Kirkwood.........)
Thanks to Alex Cunningham for the snaps from when they were on site.
Monday, 10 May 2010
Its the last week of Ron Arad's Restless exhibition at The Barbican where I had a meeting today and was very thankful to catch the show before it finished. Here is the rolling bookcase which is massive and runs down one side of the gallery. I worked out for the 1st time how to make a film so this is going to be a new feature to the blog I think!
Its also the last 2 weeks of the free exhibition in The Curve gallery at The Barbican with a live installation by Celeste Boursier-Mougenot. Please, please go if you haven't already, its so cute! He has turned the space into an aviary of zebra finches which are nesting amongst symbols and electric guitars wired up to amps. The little birds fly around you and land on the guitars, jumping around creating sounds as they pluck the strings. It looks like they are really enjoying it as they chirp along to their incidental instrumental bird song! I'm not quite sure what will happen to the birdies after the exhibit............I had a sick and twisted vision of them being gassed and handed over to Polly Morgan to immortalize in a taxidermy sculpture. Obviously that would be wrong and sick on every level but it did just cross my mind................
Sunday, 9 May 2010
Here are the photos as promised from Shini Park who was an earlier guest to the Mirror Mirror line up on Friday. I didn't recognise her, hidden behind her camera when she appeared on my screen to comment, but I did have a hunch she may be a blogger! As it turned out I was correct as she came back to SHOWstudio to say hello in person! Here are her snaps from infront of the mirror and back at the ranch where you can see how the whole thing is operated.
From my article yesterday explaining my wish for the mainstream mediocre trend followers to experiment a little bit with unique accessorizing it became food for thought with BryanBoy and his followers picking up on the notion.
fredbutlerstyle @bryanboy thanku for sharing my post! I really believe that accessorizing can open up discussion between strangers & bring humanity closer
@fredbutlerstyle I completely agree! That one question, "where did you get that", have started many friendships and acquaintances
Well, here I am with my Judy Blame rainbow necklace (kindly donated!), my own caterpillar necklace, Steven Shein Spectrum Argyle Bangles (from Lazy Oaf), and my new fave accessory - a simple slinky worn as a bangle. But perhaps the best accessory of the day was my neon yellow tulle pom pom archive AsFOUR bag which I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE. You can see my picture and everyone else at the facebook page here..............
Its the last day so get down to Top Shop.
(Many thanks to Shini for her photographs.........to see more follow her site Park & Cube)
After my Mirror Mirror encounter with Leith Clark I ventured round the corner of Oxford Street to boutique Machine A for its 1st birthday anniversary and celebration of 1 year stocking milliner extraordinaire Charlie Le Mindu. Founder Stavros Karelis and buyer Paul Joyce opened the doors to a special live installation staged by Charlie and his stylist Anna Trevelyan with set design by Alun Davies. Charlie's hair sculpture artwork had been used to create a sinister graveyard in the basement gallery of the shop with spirits risen from the tomb and roaming around (3 naked ladies crawling around on all fours). This kind of thing totally freaks me out so I didn't stay long enough in the zone to get photos but perhaps they may have been to explicit to publish anyway! The gravestones had a contextualised Cathy De Monchaux quality and the girls were acting out a kind of unsettling Araki bondage scene as if a photo had come alive. My head is full of rainbows and sweet smelling kittens and sometimes an antidote to my Care Bear fantasy can catch me out!
Not perturbed I stayed to the end and had a lovely time catching up with lots of familiar faces and the extended family of the emerging scene who turned out in support. Its a guaranteed good crowd at a Machine A opening with one particular wash out Summer evening last year where we all ran the gauntlet of Soho's streets that had turned into the Ganges to get there. So high five to everyone involved for another great success!
There is a special t-shirt now on sale to commemorate the occasion with an illustration of Charlie's work by Stefan Schwartzman. Fake tattoos of the drawing were printed up for the event and here you can see the beautiful Bishi sporting one on the back of her shoulder. Head down to the shop to get your own limited edition Charlie T!
(top to bottom: Bishi, metallic shoe trend, Gemma Slack infront of the current window display by artist Celia Arias featuring a doll of her own work, Alun, installation illustration under UV, Anna infront of the Charlie doll, the man himself)