Marta Jakubowski AW18

19.02.2018 | Fashion | BY:

Marta Jakubowski AW18 | Amber Pinkerton

Marta Jakubowski AW18 | Amber Pinkerton

Marta Jakubowski AW18 | Amber Pinkerton

Marta Jakubowski AW18 | Amber Pinkerton

Marta Jakubowski AW18 | Amber Pinkerton

Marta Jakubowski AW18 | Amber Pinkerton

Marta Jakubowski AW18 | Amber Pinkerton

Marta Jakubowski AW18 | Amber Pinkerton

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Obsessing over Wade’s world: Mimi Wade AW18

18.02.2018 | Blog , Fashion | BY:

It was a kind of mock-gothic, Hollywood bridal party that only Mimi Wade, with her proven aptitude for taking the fantastically kitsch and making it fantastically sexy, could have pulled off. For AW18, Wade ostensibly stripped back her signature aesthetic but managed to retain a raw, vamp-like glamour even while working across a monochrome base.

Part of a new generation of designers in London adept at creating clans – the likes of Molly Goddard and Sadie Williams have delivered a powerful, unifying aesthetic language too – Mimi Wade has established a strong identity for her women, mixing a sense of nonchalance (this season through bias cuts and frayed hems) with feline sultriness (velvet bows, ruched, deep collars and puffed sleeves). It’s Wade’s World, and we want in.

Mimi Wade AW18 | © Amber Pinkerton

Mimi Wade AW18 | © Amber Pinkerton

Mimi Wade AW18 | © Amber Pinkerton

Mimi Wade AW18 | © Amber Pinkerton

Mimi Wade AW18 | © Amber Pinkerton

Mimi Wade AW18 | © Amber Pinkerton

Mimi Wade AW18 | © Amber Pinkerton

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Richard Malone AW18

16.02.2018 | Fashion | BY:

Richard Malone AW18 | © Amber Pinkerton

Richard Malone AW18 | © Amber Pinkerton

Richard Malone AW18 | © Amber Pinkerton

Richard Malone AW18 | © Amber Pinkerton

Richard Malone AW18 | © Amber Pinkerton

Richard Malone AW18 | © Amber Pinkerton

Richard Malone AW18 | © Amber Pinkerton

Richard Malone AW18 | © Amber Pinkerton

 

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London Fashion Week Designers to Watch AW18

13.02.2018 | Blog , Fashion | BY:

As London Fashion Week approaches, there are plenty of new names to watch out for. Meet four designers setting a new agenda for the British womenswear scene this season.

Matty Bovan

A Fashion East graduate and Charles Jeffrey contemporary, Matty Bovan is staging his first standalone womenswear show at London Fashion Week this season. His designs evoke an underground utopia, leveraging clashing textures, prints and colours to create a raw and powerful new kind of tribe. A nominee for British Emerging Womenswear Talent at the Fashion Awards 2017, all eyes will be on where Bovan is going next.

Sadie Williams

Having already been listed as one of  Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30” for The Arts in Europe as well as a host of other accolades and NEWGEN sponsorship, Sadie Williams has the industry talking. Her unique designs combine folk sensibility with futuristic patterns and materials, rendering a new kind of woman that is empowered, playful and adventurous.

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Paula Knorr

This London designer is making waves with her sexy, disco-inspired aesthetic that boldly reclaims femininity and offers a fiery new interpretation. Working across a myriad of high energy fabrics and in bold, powerful shades Paula Knorr‘s designs make you want to stand up and make some noise. Read our interview with the designer here.

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Marta Jakubowski

Another recipient of the NEWGEN award this year, Marta Jakubowski offers a refined and confident vision through her bright and precisely tailored pieces. Easily re-imagining familiar staples in new ways, Jakubowski’s geometric tailoring brings fresh energy to womenswear and sets an exciting precedent for a new aesthetic in seasons to come.

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A loving tribute to Gabrielle Chanel

11.09.2017 | Beauty , Culture | BY:

To mark the launch of their latest fragrance, Gabrielle, Chanel brings the scent to life with a new pop-up shop on Bond Street.

Running until 24th September, the space will invite audiences to immerse themselves in the history and personality of Gabrielle Chanel; a series of events and workshops designed to unpack her rebellious nature, and how this has been conveyed through scent.

To find out more about the workshops and events on offer, and to book your place, click here.

 

 

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Whistles x by FAR AW17

08.09.2017 | Blog , Fashion | BY:

For AW17, Whistles has partnered with by FAR to launch a new collection of shoes, all named after iconic streets in London.

Choose from the lace up Burlington boot, slip on Ledbury loafers, slingback heeled Redchurch shoe and tassel detail Chiltern shoes in a range of colour ways – covet this season’s favourite shade of red for a bold finish, or choose tan for a timeless investment.

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Founded by twin sisters Valentina and Sabina, along with their friend Denitsa , by Far is an under-the-radar Bulgarian shoe brand that makes dreamy, timeless staples from their headquarters in Sofia.

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This new collaboration with Whistles focusses on celebrating the brand’s British heritage, offering Victorian-inspired boots, as well as unisex loafer styles.

If you’re looking for a shoe that does the hard work for you, this collection is for you.

The Whistles x by FAR collection will be available in selected stores and online at whistles.com ​from 15th  September 2017.

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Dancing in Dreams: An Interview With Claire Barrow

23.02.2017 | Art , Blog , Culture , Fashion | BY:

Twin catches up with fashion designer and artist Claire Barrow to talk about her new exhibition, and how fashion can help to fight prejudice during these uncertain times.

How did the collaboration between yourself and Galeria Melissa come about?

I was approached from them a while ago but the installation idea started to take shape towards the end of last year. Melissa‘s shoes are completely recycled, waste free and 100% animal free so I’m really into that. It’s been on my wishlist for a long time to work with larger company with great ethics like theirs and I’m also really into what they do with collaborations. Ow, and the smell of the PVC is really good (all the shoes smell like rubber and strawberries.)

What was your starting point for the project, and what were you inspired by?

I wanted to combine performance and sculpture that also used digital in some way, so I think it started there then the idea grew and it become human size sculptures and digital projections of people performing next to them. I just wanted to do everything at once. So we have digital, music, film, performance, costume, movement.
So, the piece addresses the ‘judging’ of people, and the initial ideas you have of someone before they even speak. So, these ‘people’ (sculptures) will never get the chance to communicate but how can the performers work with them to make them feel animated. Then the fact that the ‘real’ people aren’t really there, but digital also signifies our online communication with friends, feeling less lonely but not seeing them IRL. We are all on our phones and computers too much now that I don’t want to miss that out in my work. I try to use the everyday and this is our new reality.

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What were your design references for this piece? Was there particular reason that you were drawn to use pearls and a muted palette? 

I’ve been trying to not use references in my work to much unless I have to explain my idea’s to someone else in the team as I would like the ideas to come from somewhere inside my head or from a drawing I have done. My subconscious will have maybe seen references in the past, or that day on Instagram, but then it will be a distorted version that sticks. I took a lot from my own life and childhood for this project.

I took a train ride over Christmas time past the old British Steel in Teeside, (a steel works that closed a few years ago leading to the loss of thousands of jobs, which is just stood rotting), and the light was so beautiful and metal so glittery I sort of took it from an imagined version of that then also the idea of ‘high glamour’ too, so jewellery and make-up and sparkle. So I chose the pearls and muted palette and crystals in like, ‘powdered’ down version of primary or secondary colours. Different types of camouflage feature heavily too.

What are your hopes for the exhibition, and what are you most excited about?

It was brilliant to work with the team on the video. I cast Sameena who was in the Daniel Wolfe film ‘Catch Me Daddy’ a few years ago and hasn’t acted since. So it was an honour she actually said yes to me!

It’s the first time I’d worked with Joseph Bird to who’s a reasonably new film director and also Taigen and Ken (Bo Ningen) on the music. I’ve been meaning to work with them for years we were just looking for the right project.

The five characters all take on different roles but very much improvise and added their own ideas to each part. I had designed the costumes and given anecdotes from my own experiences to show them which helped form the characters.

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And finally, in such uncertain times, what role do you think fashion has in challenging assumptions and prejudices more widely?

Design wise I think the most interesting work is coming from people who don’t limit themselves to being creative within the fashion system. I don’t see anything particularly progressive happening with bigger brands currently but maybe this will change during times of extreme political unrest if they feel it necessary.

It’s like, they need to stand up for injustice but also to fix problems within their own companies such as material wastage and paying workers fairly. That’s why it’s brilliant to be associated with a large brand like Melissa whom are dedicated to keeping everything recycled and looking after their staff in Brazil.

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Shrimps AW17

20.02.2017 | Fashion | BY:

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Topshop AW17

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Molly Goddard AW17

18.02.2017 | Blog , Fashion | BY:

For AW17, Molly Goddard brought audiences into a sumptuous banquet, where models sauntered around the Tate Modern show space in signature tulle dresses. This collection offered a veritable feast – aesthetically and literally within the presentation – where creamy pinks and reds mingled with azure, a bold use of metallic silver flashes and delicate embroidery throughout.

This collection showed Goddard at her most diverse to date, walking trousers and cropped, peplum inspired jackets as well as the silhouettes she has become famous for. We can’t wait to see where she takes her brands over the course of 2017.

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Photographs by Mafalda Silva for Twin.

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LFW Backstage: Toga SS17

20.09.2016 | Fashion | BY:

Exclusive coverage from behind-the-scenes at London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2017.

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LFW Catwalk: Paul Smith SS17

19.09.2016 | Fashion | BY:

Flowers, friendship and the work of Hilma Af Klint were at the root of Paul Smith‘s charming Spring Summer 2017 collection this London Fashion Week.

With a considered floral base serving as the contemporary canvas for his latest wares, the much-loved designer presented look after look of effortless, oversized suiting, voluminous dresses and graphic accessories which, quite literally, bloomed before the eye.

While the silhouette may have been maximal, the styling was far less so, with the bold pieces themselves needing little in the way of overworking. A riot of colour, shape and texture ensured that while the concept of flowers and spring is not a new one, Smith’s treatment of it couldn’t have been fresher.

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LFW Backstage: Pringle Of Scotland SS17

19.09.2016 | Fashion | BY:

Exclusive coverage from behind-the-scenes at London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2017.

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LFW Backstage: Sophia Webster SS17

19.09.2016 | Fashion | BY:

Exclusive coverage from behind-the-scenes at London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2017.

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LFW Backstage: Belstaff SS17

18.09.2016 | Fashion | BY:

Exclusive coverage from behind-the-scenes at London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2017.

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LFW Backstage: Topshop Unique SS17

18.09.2016 | Fashion | BY:

Exclusive coverage from behind-the-scenes at London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2017.

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LFW Backstage: House of Holland SS17

17.09.2016 | Fashion | BY:

Exclusive coverage from behind-the-scenes at London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2017.

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LFW Backstage: Sadie Williams SS17

17.09.2016 | Fashion | BY:

Exclusive coverage from behind-the-scenes at London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2017.

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LFW Backstage: Shrimps SS17

16.09.2016 | Fashion | BY:

Exclusive coverage from behind-the-scenes at London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2017.

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LFW Backstage: Ryan Lo SS17

16.09.2016 | Fashion | BY:

Exclusive coverage from behind-the-scenes at London Fashion Week Spring Summer 2017.

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