I loathe shopping. Working in fashion has made trawling through retail stores akin to research – I just can’t turn off. So the years spent trailing family & friends through London’s shiny temples to commerce has meant I’ve been able to accumulate a list of interesting places for me to hang out in whilst they get their shopping fix.
Most convenient of all is Nick Knight’s brilliant tiny SHOWstudio SHOP on Bruton Place in Tim Taylor’s old gallery space, perfect for dropping into when the heady delights of Bond Street pale.
Their current project headdresses, a selling exhibition, is small but perfectly formed with pieces from some of the most interesting people working in headwear now. I dropped in last week after a breakfast & spent a very enjoyable twenty minutes marvelling at the flights of imagination on display.
Jewellery designer Jordan Askill, hairstylist & wigmaker Charlie Le Mindu, milliners Stephen Jones & Nasir Hazir (who showed successfully at last month’s Fashion East presentation at London Fashion Week) and street couture designer Noki are all included, and today Charlie Le Mindu (probably best known for his designs for Lady Gaga) starts a two day residency in the LIVEstudio at Bruton Place, making two headpieces in situ.
Visitors are welcome to drop in and, of course, the entire process will be streamed live on line here from 12:00 GMT today.
The selling exhibition started February 19 and ends March 20th
SHOWStudio SHOP is at 1-9 Bruton Place, London, W1