G., a sense of humor that rises to the surface. (A friend of mine answered a question about his strengths this way: I am responsible about refilling the Brita pitcher. More than 50 percent of all communication is done via body language and gestures, explains body-language expert Janine Driver says. Look around! If he's been checking you out the whole time, be bold. But times have changed. Send her jokes about things you know will make her laugh. Pen, clutches, Bags, belt, Dress. Once someone becomes a liar, they're always going to be a liar in your eyes, so don't lie right off the bat, she warns. When getting ready to go on that first date there are many things to consider. Keep doing it over and over again obviously after a little break! Is it making someone laugh? They're the most obvious asian dating site source because everyone has outwardly declared that they're searching for someone, and while they have their pitfalls, the good thing is that everyone is there for the same purpose. In particular, don't worry about the finer points of looks: as with a nice car you've had for a while, you won't notice the details over time but just fondly recognize them overall.
Ace Hotel London REMIX Summit

REMIX London Summit

25.11.2014 | Art , Culture | BY:

Next week creatives from all over will be coming together at Google’s London HQ for the REMIX London 2014 Summit. The event is the European edition of an annual series of global events exploring culture, technology and entrepreneurship.

With over 100 speakers from companies and brands such as YouTube, Red Bull Academy, British Museum, Virgin, Manchester International Festival, Mumsnet, Time Out, Sonos, Ace Hotels, Burning Man, Maker Faire, Natural History Museum, Dubai Design District, The Barbican, Sony, General Assembly and Google, REMIX looks to provide a ground-breaking forum to explore issues facing cultural and creative organisations from the inside-out.

“REMIX London is an opportunity to shine a light on the world-class creative entrepreneurs in the city, as well as showcasing cultural influencers from across the UK and Europe. REMIX brings together creative leaders at the highest level in a unique forum, exploring the evolution of contemporary culture, technology and the creative economy.” says Peter Tullin, co-founder of REMIX.

The launch party will take place at Shoreditch’s Ace Hotel on December 1st where you’ll be able to network in the hotels new top-floor event space.

Tickets are running out so head to eventbrite.co.uk to get yours.


Issey Miyake Merry Xmas

Issey Miyake’s Holiday Message

24.11.2014 | Fashion | BY:

There’s no escaping it any longer, the Christmas season is upon us. To celebrate, Issey Miyake has created a limited edition animated typeface to make sending holiday messages much more playful this year. Each letter of the alphabet is allocated a unique sound, so that every message will contain a one-of-a-kind melody. Create your own at isseymiyake.com/message.

If you take a closer look at the typography, you’ll see limited-edition products from six of the Issey Miyake brands that feature Araishu, a traditional colour of Japanese lacquerware. The holiday products, which include tops, bags and wallets, are now available from the recently opened Issey Miyake flagship store in London.

Issey Miyake Flagship, 10 Brook Street London W1S 1BG



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Death In Paris Q&A

21.11.2014 | Fashion | BY:

Death In Paris is the name of a creative studio based between Paris and London. They focus on motion, web and print design, but their latest venture sees them designing accessories reflective of the brand values they’ve created for themselves. For spring/summer 2015 they looked to skylines, rooftop swimming pools, vast open spaces and Japanese city life, focusing on the concept of utilising small living spaces using clever design to give us their version of contemporary luxury in a monochrome palette.

Twin spoke to the designers behind the brand and creative studio to find out more.

Tell us a bit about starting a brand from a creative studio.
The brand is an extension of the Death In Paris studio identity.  We are both into fashion and have similar tastes so it was a natural progression from traditional graphic design to product design. With the studio we tried to stay multidisciplinary: exploring web, branding, photography, video and motion, mostly for premium lifestyle brands. Designing accessories is a new output for us and an alternative way of expressing our love of clean, minimal products that are functional yet sophisticated.

What elements of your studio work did you translate to your brand?
The way we approach design is similar in both disciplines; it is similar to how you would design a book layout. You spend a lot of time organising text and photos, and then search for what works best to deliver the overall message. That is the approach we had when we designed the Vasistas, to design a bag that helps you to organise your daily life, with an option to hide certain things and showcase others. We want the bags to be visually pleasing in their simplicity, but with an understated sense of luxury.

You focus a lot on transparent accessories. What was the inspiration behind that?
Again its the idea of being able to display certain items while concealing others. We’ve always been obsessed by containers and organisational items, and basically anything transparent. I guess that’s the Asian influence coming through.

What is your creative/design process like?
We are split between London and Bangkok, which hopefully brings together an interesting combination of influences. Most of the designs are inspired by our day to day lifestyles in both cities; our passions lie in cuisine, architecture, cosmetics and stationary, combined with a love for fashion.

We always try to get together as much as possible and spend days sharing ideas, the rest is a back and forth over Skype. Half of the time we focus on the designs and visuals, while the other half is focused on sourcing new materials and production.

Who is the Death in Paris girl?
She is understated, independent and confident with an interest in aesthetic and design.

What can we expect for SS15?
We have introduced some new designs and added some twists to popular existing styles! New materials such as perforated leather and neoprene add an unexpected dimension to the bags.







Allen Jones RA

20.11.2014 | Art , Fashion | BY:

Allen Jones knows how to sell sex. Since he first exhibited his fibreglass women in the late 1960s – the prototype fembot, down on all fours, arse practically over head, strapped into bondage gear – he’s owned it. They were – are – the literal representation of sex-on-legs. And who’d have thought that the place to get a little artistic perversion in London these days would be at the Royal Academy?

It’s clear that Jones’ coterie of fetishised furniture sculptures represents a very specific sort of fantasy. It’s everyman erotica; pert tits, big lips, hard-bodied, submissive, available. Serving you cocktails, ready to take your hat. They’re expensive whores on all fours. Yet, even as a feminist, you have to relish in how aggressively politically uncorrect it all is. Jones makes incredibly, obviously, seductive art. And you might feel a bit grubby about it afterwards, but then we’ve all been there, right?

Jones’ paintings provide a little counter balance to the implied misogyny of his sculptures. In these colourfully kitsch scenes he paints about power-play with cross-dressing inferences, of the dominate female, the submissive male, of the animalistic rituals of mating and the delicate interplay of coupling represented in the form of dance. It’s the paintings and later sculptures that suggest a much more complex side to Jones than the ones his critics would have you believe. To reduce Jones to a fetish artist, means you ignore a lot of the richness and ambiguity in his work. And it’s this that makes you want to go back and take a second look at the sculptures – maybe it’s not all about oppression and submission, maybe there’s something deeper at play? Maybe it’s not a male-female thing after all. Maybe she’s in control. Hell, maybe she’s even enjoying herself. Imagine that.

Allen Jones RA is at the Royal Academy, London until 25th January 2015


IMAGE CREDIT: Allen Jones RA, Body Armour, 2013 Photograph, 127 x 127 cm London, Private Collection / Image courtesy of the artist © Allen Jones

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Quentin Jones, Adult Series, 2014, acrylic, ink and collage, first published in Adult Magazine, courtesy of the artist_3

The Fractured and the Feline

19.11.2014 | Art | BY:

The Fractured and the Feline is a new exhibition opening at The Vinyl Factory today. It showcases the work of multi-media artist Quentin Jones in collaboration with innovative spatial designer Robert Storey, both of whom are previous Twin contributors. The show itself proves to be Jones’ most comprehensive and varied to date, as it delves into her work on paper, in sculpture, film and photography. Storey creates a unique world for her pieces to be displayed, giving us intriguing spaces to explore.

We caught up with the artist to find out what to expect.

Tell us about a little about the showcase…
Lots of the exhibition is work that may have been seen somewhere in some form, but in its layered up, painted on, collaged natural form. Its a chance for me to show people my process, that is surprisingly art-based and hand made. One of the main focuses of the show will be a series of large scale works that no one has seen before… because I am still working on them. I am playing with the idea of blowing up my collages 10-fold and working back into the image at a level of detail I usually wouldn’t be able to – and having the fluidity of paint at that scale.

Oh and one of the coolest parts of the show will be the film rooms – Robert Storey who is designing the whole space for the show has come up with a really cool way to warp and reflect the films multiple times. His whole vision for transfroming the space is amazing and so cool for us to be collaborating in a more physical way than usual.

How would you personally describe your style of work?
Messy, montaged, quick, accidental, planned and exploring contrasts.

You’ve worked with Robert Story in the past, was he an obvious collaborator?
Yes he was the only person I wanted to work with in this space. He has a very architectural approach to design and his minimal structures are perfect for my chaos to to sit within. We both like things to be graphic and strong rather than subtle and ‘pretty’ and both have an outlook that straddles fine art and fashion.

What was it like working with Robert on this particular show?
So far very simple – we have worked out what we both want to show and how it can exist together. But the real fun will be in the installation weeks, when we will make many of the decisions for the show. We like to work quite spontaneously.

The Fractured and the Feline: Quentin Jones with Robert Storey is presented by The Vinyl Factory at their space in The Brewer Street Car Park, London from 19 November to 13 December 2014.  


Image 1: Quentin Jones, Adult Series, 2014, acrylic, ink and collage, first published in Adult Magazine. Image 2: Quentin Jones, 2013, photography, acrylic and ink, first published in Flair Magazine. Image 3: Quentin Jones, Self Portrait series, 2014, photography, acrylic and ink, first published in  i-D Magazine

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18.11.2014 | Literature | BY:

There aren’t many bloggers who have successfully made the transition from pixels to print – too often something gets lost in translation – but Sasha Wilkins aka Liberty London Girl has more than pulled it off with her first book, Friends, Food, Family (Quadrille Books, £18.99). Ostensibly a recipe book, it’s also an elegant and insightful guide to living well packed with lists of the best foodie spots and flower markets around the world, tips for throwing a stress-free cocktail party and the ultimate dinner party playlist.

But first, the food: there are simple recipes for kitchen beginners which require a handful of ingredients and the most basic culinary skills, then for more confident cooks there are some serious showstoppers, such as a spectacular triple-layer lemon cake. Each recipe has a highly personal flavour – these are dishes Sasha has cooked countless times for her nearest and dearest in kitchens all over the world, so she knows they work on every level.

Through her witty, wise prose, the Delia of the digital age delivers the message of good food – it nourishes the soul as much as the stomach and should give joy to the creator as well as the consumer. Whether you’re a fan of the Liberty London Girl blog and want to explore the LLG world further or are simply looking for a reliable cookbook packed with foolproof recipes that will comfort and impress in equal measure, Friends, Food, Family will fast become a kitchen shelf stalwart.

Lily King’s Euphoria (Picador, £13.99) is a compelling novel inspired by the life of the anthropologist Margaret Mead, her husband and a colleague during their time studying the tribes in New Guinea. The three main characters have complicated, intense relationships which are skilfully rendered against a beautiful, dangerous landscape that is as powerful a presence as the people living in it. The story of an all-too-typical love triangle in an extraordinary setting unfolds through often contradictory accounts from the characters’ different perspectives, building up a multi-layered narrative that reveals much about these intelligent, egotistical personalities. But the most tantalising aspect of this story is wondering just how much was drawn from fact and how much was the inspiration of the author’s imagination.

Not that Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned has been one of the most anticipated books of 2014 and it was worth the wait. Wrapped in a seventies-throwback dust jacket and finished with dreamy endpapers which look pretty from far away and reveal a mosaic of tacky girl-stuff close up, here is Lena Dunham, let loose.

If you’ve already seen Girls, Tiny Furniture and the rest, this book of lists and essays is testament to how consistently Lena has mined her own experiences for her screen fictions. That blurred interexchange between memoir and storytelling is what makes her work so authentic and resonant – and the content of these essays so familiar. There’s not much here to surprise the fan, including the fact that she’s just as amusing on the page as on TV. However, this goes much further than the average confessional narrative. Indeed, ‘I live in a world that is almost compulsively free of secrets’ she states at one point, comparing her relaxed attitude towards privacy to others’ reticence.

Our heroine might not feel very glamourous most of the time, but for the English kind-of-girl reader, her world is ridiculously fabulous. She grew up in SoHo, NYC, vacationed in idyllic summer camps and holiday homes and hung out with artists and wannabes. In that glamorous world Lena might have been the weird girl, the outcast, the morbidly obsessive teen but that otherness has made her an open-minded, fair and funny observer.

The most tantalising and entertaining chapters of Not that Kind of Girl are where Lena takes a break from her mostly polite, professional persona and unleashes her inner anger. In one she addresses (names have been changed) her many detractors in a series of unsent emails and in another she reveals that she hopes she’ll live to 80 so that she can legally expose all the sexist ‘sunshine stealers’ who’ve treated her badly in Hollywood (they’ll all be dead by then).

Furies: A Poetry Anthology of Women Warriors (For Books’ Sake, £10) edited by Eve Lacey (all profits from the collection will go to Rape Crisis England & Wales) is a brilliant anthology of verse inspired by women warriors from the internet’s finest lady books journal For Books’ Sake. Featuring contributions on Betty Draper, Sylvia Plath and more, this is a vital and powerful outpouring of page-rage.

Anna-Marie Fitzgerald and Phoebe Frangoul are the co-editors and co-founders of the London grrrl-zine and literary salon Pamflet. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram @Pamflet. 

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Twin Issue XI

17.11.2014 | Blog , Twin Book | BY:

Twin’s 11th edition is a celebration of creative brilliance. We begin with photographer Petra Collins who shares an exclusive image diary revealing the riotous beauty of adolescence. Elsewhere, model Eliza Cummings hits the highway in an epic road story shot by Scott Trindle. We debate with the philosopher and essayist Susan Neiman as she makes a case for embracing growing up. While musician Eliot Sumner tells us what it means to step back into the spotlight after a four-year hiatus. There’s insight into another enigmatic performer, Kate Bush, via a collection of childhood photographs by her big brother, John Carder Bush. To complete the musical triumvirate, the inimitable Neneh Cherry reflects on music and motherhood; while her daughters offer their own unique take on life in the Cherry clan.



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Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot – Art, Sex and Disobedience

17.11.2014 | Culture | BY:

Pussy Riot’s Nadya and Masha are in London tonight for their first UK event since imprisonment. The feminist punk rock band members will be talking to Luke Harding, discussing their time in prison, campaigns for women’s rights, political freedom and reform of the justice system, and also how they became a thorn in the side of one of the world’s most powerful men.


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Sadie Williams & Other Stories Co-Lab

& Other Stories Co-Lab Collection by Sadie Williams

14.11.2014 | Fashion | BY:

& Other Stories are no strangers to a great Co-Lab (as they like to call them), and their latest comes in the form of shimmering textures, fuzzy wools, sporty shapes and glitery details, all designed by Sadie Williams. The glitz and glamour comes just in time for the festive season, making that decision of what to wear that little less daunting.



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Girls In Frame Phoebe Tonkin


13.11.2014 | Fashion | BY:

London-Los Angeles denim brand FRAME has added to its series of shots inspired by Andy Warhol’s iconic screen prints, entitled GIRLS IN FRAME.  Devised by Jens Grede and Erik Tortensson, the project was intended to celebrate the launch of its t-shirt for autumn/winter 2014.

The latest model to join the series is Australian model Phoebe Tonkin. This recent instalment accompanies the release of FRAME’s resort collection, launching in stores now. Grede and Tortenssion hosted a star-studded dinner to celebrate, with Karlie Kloss, Elin Kling, Tali Lennox in attendance, to name but a few.

FRAME’s chic, minimal style has already garnered followers including Cara Delevingne and Rose Huntingdon Whiteley – this creative campaign is sure to secure them a place at the head of the pack.


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