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Faustine Steinmetz X Opening Ceremony

22.09.2014 | Fashion | BY:

After an incredibly well-received SS15 presentation at the ICA during London Fashion Week, Faustine Steinmetz has collaborated with Opening Ceremony to create an exclusive window installation at their Shoreditch store for the duration of fashion month. The display illustrates Steinmetz’s interesting process – her handwoven fabrics are made using artisanal techniques, everything is woven, worked and finished, with some pieces taking days to complete.

Inspired by the almighty couture houses, the East London based, Parisienne born designer looked at how they can be intrusive, how their countless lines and infinite products are pushed into our lives. Her presentation explored the relationship between those products and the way in which they are presented. She believes it is all about our perception of the product and how they make us feel. To us, a Fasutine Steinmetz piece makes us feel very special indeed.

Opening Ceremony Shoreditch: 106 Shoreditch High Street London, E1 6JQ

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KNITWEAR Chanel To Westwood

19.09.2014 | Culture , Fashion | BY:

KNITWEAR Chanel to Westwood celebrates the evolution of woollen garments this autumn at The Fashion and Textile Museum. With over 150 pieces on display, the exhibition features rare crocheted evening dresses, original faire isle jumpers and 1930′s swimwear, from the collection of Mark and Cleo Butterfield. Not only will you find designs from Rei Kawakubo for Comme des Garcon, Julien McDonald, Ossie Clark and Mary Quant, but you will also see the technical innovations taken place throughout the ages.

Accompanying the showcase is Visionary Knitwear, a look at contemporary fashion clothing from established and graduate designsers. Sandy Black, professor of Fashion and Textile Design and Technology at London College of Fashion pulls together bold designs from creative talents such as Mark Fast, Sister by Sibling, Lucas Nacimento and Julien Macdonald. Highlighting how knitwear is now daring, bold and has a sense of humour.

KNITWEAR Chanel to Westwood opens today and is open until 18th January 2015 at the Fashion and Textile Museum 83 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XF. 

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Tak.Ori Q&A

18.09.2014 | Fashion | BY:

Ukranian by birth but Italian by adoption, Svetlana Taccori developed a passion for making dresses for her dolls from a young age. Heavily influenced by her family of knitting fanatics, she decided to use the pieces in her closet as the basis for setting up her own knitwear label, and Tak.Ori was born. Her debut collection of knitwear has already been snapped up by Browns, Colette and ModaOperandi, and her AW14 collection will be available from Net-A-Porter and Matchesfashion.com

With knits on the horizon as a key winter trend, Twin chats to Svetlana to find out more about recasting fashion’s idea of the traditional woollen jumper.

What kicked off your love for wool?
I grew up in a cold country so I know the challenges of being well dressed and warm. Knitted items were always in my wardrobe and from a very early age I developed a passion for the softness, the volume and the warmth that comes from it so I suppose I’ve always had a love affair with wool even if I was unaware of it.

What is your favourite kind of wool?
I love merino and cashmere for their softness but in general I like experimenting and mixing the different types of wool. I’m constantly trying out new techniques, which will allow me to mix different wool fibres and colours together to create pieces which are easy to wear and that don’t react badly when washed.

Do you know how to knit? What kind of techniques do you use and which are your favourites?
I grew up in a household of knitting fanatics! I was eight when I had my first knitting classes and that’s when I learned how to turn a heel and make mini socks on five needles. I prefer to knit smooth surfaces using different colours as though I am painting on a canvas. In fact, I would have loved to be an artist and that’s partially due to how much art and literature combined to influence me while I was growing up, but my career path always seemed as though it would involve a needle and yarn. My love for fashion won out in the end!

Many people regard wool as quite casual and traditional – how would you dress it up?
I agree, knitwear was traditionally considered casualwear and at the beginning of the last century, it ended up in our closets because it was comfortable and cozy, making it a redundant textile in high fashion. But that’s an outdated concept for me. Wool is sustainable, renewable and eco-friendly, it’s also one of the most versatile yarns out there and it needs to be celebrated. I want to show that high fashion can be both beautiful and comfortable. I want to use its wholesome and pure image but add a rebellious and seductive element that’s both elegant and fun. In a way, I want to revolutionise the fashion knitwear scene and this is my way of rewriting the story of wool by showing that even an evening dresses can be knitted and look amazing. Wool pieces give you a freedom of movement that you don’t always get with other fabrics.

Who are your style icons?
I’m inspired by a bygone era of bold, outrageous women. Women who were intelligent, bright, charming and eccentric, yet elegant and chic at the same time. No doubt this is because we don’t really know them personally, and don’t see them in everyday situations which means they can’t disappoint. Today we seem to live in a society that favours exhibitionism over substance – I call it the Herostratus effect! My AW14 collection is influenced by the Marchesa Luisa Casati. She had a strong personality, she was charming, shocking and had a certain je ne sais quoi that made her the most fascinating and fashionable woman in Europe at the turn of the 20th century. I also love Nan Kempner. Her style is timeless but also very appropriate for today.

Where did you learn your craft? Have you worked with other designers?
At thirteen my grandfather gave me a sewing machine for my birthday. My parents had mentioned to him in passing that I was hand-sewing dresses for dolls. Every time I was given a doll, actually, the first thing I would do was to rip the clothes it came in off and make new outfits for them. So when I received my sewing machine there was no stopping me, and I moved on from making clothes for dolls to making clothes for my mum, sisters and school friends.

What prompted you to start your own label?
I’ve spent the past 15 years working in the fashion business for some of the most well-known luxury brands in the world, but I always felt it was inevitable that one day I would set-up my own label. Since my teens, I’ve been collecting hats and scarves everywhere I go (I have over a hundred hats and seventy scarves). It was after a trip to Cortina that I finally found the courage and felt that the time was right to go and do my own thing.

What inspired your SS15 collection?
As I mentioned earlier, knitwear and jersey came into our lives and into our closets in the 1920′s and this was a time of major change for women. I am intrigued by the way the suffragettes used their clothing as placards to fight for the vote. I wanted to dedicate my collection to that era and I wanted to celebrate and thank those women who made the freedoms many women enjoy today possible. These women were bold and, if you like, revolutionaries. So for my spring summer 2015 collection I wanted to create a modern interpretation of their strength and femininity as well as a contemporary view of the clothing worn by them. By using knit and jersey, which at the time were considered second-class fabrics and used solely for underwear and sports clothing, I feel it embodies the spirit of the suffragettes.

Are you influenced by your dual nationality?
I think we’re all influenced by our environment but our childhoods no doubt have the strongest influence. I can honestly say I feel very comfortable wherever I am. I love exploring the traditions and history of all the countries I visit – I will read the literature, listen to the local music, visit the art galleries, watch the movies, look at the colours and talk to as many people, young and old, as I can. I feel this willingness to learn helps to influence me in creating collections that appeal to people from different countries and continents. Of course it’s inevitable that I am also influenced by my Ukrainian roots and Italian adoption and, although I don’t rely on these elements for direction, I think you can see the bold, vibrant but traditional Ukrainian fused with the well cut, urban Italian chic in my designs, but luckily I’m a fan of dualities.

What can we expect from you in the next year?

I don’t know what to expect from myself! My main objective will be to continue to create contemporary, luxurious and innovative garments, and my fascination with fabric and wool technology knows no bounds. My fascination with experimentation helps push me creatively, especially during our spring summer collections as I have to focus on delivering wearable and interesting luxury pieces that are breathable and comfortable. We have big plans though and, I definitely want to improve my English!

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The Birds & The Bees

17.09.2014 | Fashion | BY:

As the fashion pack heads to Milan, we look back at the Burberry SS15 show from London Fashion Week. Titled The Birds & The Bees, Christopher Bailey’s vision for spring featured butterfly and honey bee motifs, along with bright bold font designs. Those same prints were hand-painted on the runway and plastered on the transparent roof, further illustrating Bailey’s inspirations. The Mac, more than just a Burberry staple, came in denim, suede or satin, and some were cropped or flared. And of course, everything was tied in a cute tulle sash bow.

This season Burberry partnered up with YouTube, giving us unrivalled access to the SS15 show highlights and much more. Watch the video below.

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Marni Flower Market

16.09.2014 | Culture , Fashion | BY:

Although the fashion crowd will be flocking to Milan for its beloved MFW from the 17 September, the afternoon of Sunday 21 sees Marni presenting an entirely different kind of show.

The Marni Flower Market, to be held in the baroque Rotonda della Besana, will feautre bundles of flowers interspersed with house-like stalls showcasing their wares. This display of freshness and vitality, hustle and bustle, is intended to accentuate the brand’s Italian roots; fitting for a house that is often floral-inspired.

Carolina Castiglioni, Special Creative Director, is heading up the event with Stefano Rabolli Pansera, the architect and curator of the Angola pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia.

There will be a variety of items for sale, from PVC vases decorated with archive Marni prints and Japanese porcelain pots complete with flower seeds, to animal sculptures handcrafted by a group of Columbian women.

The Flower Market also marks a collaboration with the Museo dei Bambini di Milano. A series of children’s workshops will be available to the public, and exclusive items such as gardening aprons and tool bags, hand-painted in Zambia, will be on offer. The project underlines Marni’s commitment to philanthropy, with part of the proceeds from the sale of these limited edition products being donated in support of children’s organisations.

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Jessie Ware – Say You Love Me

15.09.2014 | Music | BY:

Jessie Ware is set to release her second album Tough Love next month. She’s given us a couple of tracks to tie us over and has just released her latest video for Say You Love Me. The British singer is full of emotion while she gives a stunning performance of her most heart-felt song to date.

“When I found out Tell No One were interested in directing Say You Love Me, I was so confident they would deliver something visually beautiful and provocative,” said Jessie. “They are such talents and I have been a fan of their work for a while. I was an absolute pleasure to work with them on this. It was probably the most technically challenging thing I have worked on, but for them, it looked like a walk in the park. They have such confidence in what they do, it was inspiring to watch.”

Tough Love is released on the 13th October. Pre-order from itunes.com 

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Marta Jakubowski Q&A

Marta Jakubowski Q&A

12.09.2014 | Fashion | BY:

Marta Jakubowski caught our attention with her MA graduate collection, when it walked down the Royal College of Art’s Graduate Showcase back in June. Meters of red, white and black fabric connected the models, creating a fluid line of design, from train to metallic headpiece. Intrigued, we caught up with the young designer to find out more.

Tell us a little bit about your background – where did you study?
I started my degree at University of Applied Sciences Trier in Germany, took a year out to study at Central Saint Martins and finished my MA at Royal College of Art this summer. In between, I worked with Bruno Pieters, Jonathan Saunders, Alexander Wang and Hussein Chalayan.

You’ve lived in many cities – Berlin, Antwerp, London and New York. Does this influence you as a designer?
I’m not sure how it influenced me as a designer yet – it definitely influenced me as a person. It used to be so exciting for me to move to new cities with one suitcase, sometimes not even sure where to live and creating my own little life from scratch. I was always very lucky to meet amazing people. There was a time where I couldn’t stay longer than six months in one place, I would get bored and had the need to move on. London is different – it feels home and that’s nice.

What was the inspiration behind your MA graduate show?
It’s about the loss of my mum and how much I love and miss her. It’s about the endless connection after being separated. I was trying to capture emotions, all the sadness, madness and sickness in my silhouettes. I was very angry and depressed while I was working on the collection. Now I feel more peaceful if I look at the collection. I guess to deal with it was the best therapy.

Why red, white and black?
They were the colours I was seeing, feeling and thinking at that moment. There wasn’t another option. Red for love, black for sorrow and white for a new beginning.

What design houses or fashion brands do you aspire to be like or find inspiration from?
I love the late 90′s early 2000′s, especially the work of Hussein Chalayan, Helmut Lang and Martin Margiela at that time. It’s was so subtle, effortless and had a great concept.

What have you been up to since graduation?
I had a great summer in London, it’s so good to be able to spend more time with my friends again. Besides that, I’m still trying to earn a lot of money. Lately, I was preparing for London Fashion Week, where I’m showcasing part of my collection in the British Fashion Councils’ ‘Once to Watch’ installation in Somerset House – that’s very exciting!

Marta Jakubowski‘s London Fashion Week exhibition opens today as part of the Designer Showrooms at Somerset House. 

Photographer Niko Mitrunen captures Marta Jakubowski in her studio. 

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KENZINE Vol. 3

11.09.2014 | Fashion | BY:

KENZO’s creative directors, Carol Lim & Humberto Leon have teamed up with TOILETPAPER magazine creatives Maurizio Cattelan, Pierpaolo Ferrari and Micol Talso for the third time to create the advertising campaign for the autumn/winter 2014 collections. Inspired by the new season’s line, along with David Lynch and his oeuvre, they came up with yet another bright and bold campaign – one that is not forgotten easily.

To celebrate, they are also releasing the third volume of KENZINE, which will feature unseen images from the campaign shoot. With a limited run of only 2000 copies, we suggest getting to your nearest store stat. On September 27th that is, when they go on sale exclusively in KENZO stores worldwide and from March 2015 in other selected retail stores.

“For the third instalment in our collaboration with TOILETPAPER for our advertising campaigns, we worked with Maurizio, Micol and Pierpaolo to take people on a mysterious journey to an unfamiliar world. A place where the ordinary is slightly distorted, mirrors lead to other dimensions, and the strange and beautiful coexist in singular harmony. We love that David Lynch’s skewed and somewhat disruptive sense of storytelling seamlessly fits with how the TOILETPAPER approach image making and the final results speak for themselves. Needless to say we’re delighted with the outcome and hope everyone else enjoys the images as much as we do.” – Carol Lim & Humberto Leon

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Ralph Lauren Polo in 4D

10.09.2014 | Fashion | BY:

Ralph Lauren introduced it’s new Polo line for women in a new, revolutionary way at New York Fashion Week.  The models walked a runway that was projected above Manhattan’s Central Park, appearing like beautiful mirages using four-story-tall holographic effects.

“I really wanted to do something big for the new Polo Women’s brand — something set in the city — that felt modern. We
returned to Central Park, a place I love, and captured the spirit of Polo with a truly innovative mix of fashion and
technology,” said Ralph Lauren.

To find out more, watch the behind the scenes film below.

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Twin Picks: Wide-Brimmed Hats

09.09.2014 | Fashion | BY:

When the models walked the catwalks back in February, there was one accessory that came out on top – the wide brim hat. The beanie reigned supreme for many winters, and although some will find it difficult to say goodbye it’s seems it’s finally time for a new hat to rule. Many designers this season have given us their version of the trilby and fedora, all with an exaggerated brim to keep those unwanted voyeurs at bay. Here we pick our top four styles of the season, so all you need to worry about is that pesky hat-hair.

Etudes Studio Midnight Hat in Grey, £185, etudes-studio.com & Maison Michel Fara Wide-Brimmed Fedora, £300, selfridges.com

Saint Laurent Wide-Brimmed Fur-Felt Hat, £705, matchesfashion.com & A.P.C. Dark Navy Felt Trilby, £145, avenue32.com

 

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