This week, Joana Preiss shares with us her top ten inspirational women…
1/ Sylvia Plath is a fascinating poetess. ‘The Bell Jar’ is, for me, a masterpiece
2/ Anaîs Nin for her freedom
3/ Hannah Arendt for her modern thinking. She was a big political theorist
4/ Pina Bausch is an essential figure in the history of movement and gesture
5/ Gertrude Stein for her avant-gardism
6/ Marilyn Monroe for her grace
7/ Lillian Gish – she’s divine
8/ Ingrid Caven for her fabulous work with Fassbinder, and for her singing
9/ Gena Rowlands for all John Cassavetes movies and for her incredible sense of improvisation
10/ Maria Callas for her unique voice
Who: Grant Thomas, 17, London What: Fashion photographer
On his work: “Some of my best ideas for shoots have come from the most mundane situations. The other day I was smoking on the ledge of a second storey window with Debbie [his stylist] and I decided to base a shoot on that.”
Influences: “The insanely talented Sebastian Kim, and the few close friends I surround myself with.”
Grant’s favourite photograph: “I’m a sucker for liking my most recent work – so at the moments it’s an image of the strong-faced model, Georgia Davies (below). She’s standing tough, but elegantly, wearing a vintage floral dress, a white leather corset and the tallest shoes known to man. Truly good photos have the ability to make me cry – so I like people to feel something from my photography too.”
Not many people know: Grant’s originally from Wales and moved to London by himself when he was 16 years old.
At 13, Charlotte Gainsbourg made her musical debut with her father, Serge, on a record intriguingly titled, ‘Lemon Incest’. 24 years later comes a moving, and rather magical, album, ‘IRM’, made with Beck. Tellingly, the title is the French abbreviation for MRI, and explores the after effects of the cerebral hemorrhage that Gainsbourg experienced after a water-skiing accident in 2007. But far from being dour, the resulting album is an evocative mix of industrial clank, beating electronica and ethereal Gallic pop. We’re enchanted.
We’re super happy to announce that Twin is now available at Berlin’s best magazine store – Do You Read Me? Situated in the heart of the Mitte district, it’s home to all the world’s coolest and most covetable reads. We’d just like to say – thank you for having us!
I first met Niall in Dublin in 2000. Our friendship was wrought over whiskies in a bar looking out over the sea. Even back then Niall was doing something different to everyone else. He was stubborn and driven, and had the energy and enthusiasm of a small tornado. In 2006 Niall made a short film called ‘Superheroes’ with a group of young punks which has developed into an ongoing project, involving scrapes with the law, dalliances with anarchy and lots of drinking – being Irish he’s good at that bit. Niall is a living Tarry Flynn from Patrick Kavanagh’s book by the same name, an eternal dreamer and artist who never quite has his feet firmly planted on the ground.
Niall O’Brien’s work will be on show from 1st Feburary – 11th March 2010 at Art Work Space in the Hempel Hotel.
Twin’s cultural connoisseur in Paris, actor and DJ Joana Preiss shares her top ten tracks with us…
1/ Harry Crews : Naked In Garden Hills
2/ Lizzy Mercier Descloux : Torso Corso / Fire
3/ Joan La Barbara : Three Voices (Morton Feldman) / The Wonderful Widow (John Cage )
4/ Teenage Jesus and the Jerks : Everything
5/ Anna Karina : Ma Ligne De Chance (Pierrot Le Fou)
6/ Diamanda Galas : Gloomy Sunday
7/ Gina X : Nice Mover
8/ Lydia Lunch (and Rowland S.Howard) : Some Velvet Morning
9/ Millie Small : My Boy Lollipop
10/ Laurie Anderson : Born, Never Asked / O Superman (live version with David Bowie)
Some people just have it all. This time, the person in question is writer Molly Young. Not only does her wit make her one of our favourite scribes, but also pretty, charming and very, very young. Molly has already written for Maxim, The New York Observer and More Intelligent Life, as well as blogging alongside Spike Jonze on the official Where The Wild Things Are website. Not bad for a 22 year old. We wish her all the best and can’t help wondering when she’s going to add Twin to her prodigious editorial list.
Even though I’m not engaged (and please God do not let my boyfriend read this) I have already found my wedding dress – which is a big deal, considering my never-ending, maddening (for both my banker and my boyfriend) addiction to dresses.
When I discovered the ‘Sunday Brunch Dress’ site on one of my numerous trawls for fashion on the Internet, I thought I had found heaven. Beautifully twee, funny (the dress descriptions and blog are hilarious) and personal (sizes are based on the owner’s own ‘real’ body), the site urges us to ‘take time to slow down & dress up’.
With beautiful handpicked dresses by Heidi Merrick, Lorick and Keemia, among others, and showcases of work by owner Judy Kou’s favorite female artists – ‘Sunday Brunch Dress’ is truly a Twin kindred spirit.
When I emailed Judy about my dream wedding dress (no, I will not tell you which one it is, my boyfriend might be reading this), I got the sweetest, swiftest reply which finally sealed the deal, and made me fall in love with ‘Sunday Brunch Dress’ for real – quite an achievement for an online shop.