Twin Picks: Neoprene

28.10.2014 | Fashion | BY:

Neoprene made its way into our wardrobes a few seasons ago, and it hasn’t left since. Autumn/winter 2014 sees the trend evolve along with the sports lux style, both are becoming more sophisticated and designers more adventurous with the material. Here we have picked out one ensemble for you to go head-to-toe scuba. Or wear individually. That part is up to you.

Balenciaga Neoprene Glove Mules, £415, matchesfashion.com & Jacquemus Neoprene Full Length Jacket, £508, thecorner.com

Neil Barrett Geometric Design Sweatshirt, £260, farfetch.com & T by Alexander Wang Mesh-Bonded Neoprene Mini Skirt, £180, net-a-porter.com

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This Is What A Feminist Looks Like

22.10.2014 | Fashion | BY:

ELLE has teamed up with Whistles to create a capsule collection of pieces that are all emblazoned with ‘This Is What A Feminist Looks Like’. The slogan was created by the historic Fawcett Society, the UK’s biggest equality campaigning group, and has been worn by well-known feminists such as Tracey Emin, Kirsty Wark and Shami Chakrabarti.

The T-shirt from the range is available to buy now from the premium high-street brands website, and the rest (sweaters, phone cases and a clutch) will be released on the 30th of October, with all proceeds going straight to the Fawcett Society.

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Cara D. x DKNY

21.10.2014 | Fashion | BY:

Cara Delevingne has made her first foray into design, collaborating with DKNY on a 15 piece capsule collection. Taking inspiration from the street, the social-media-savvy model focused on beanies, bombers and crop tops. She also got involved with the casting of the campaign models, taking to Instagram to find the boys and girls that would model beside her: “There are 15 pieces to play with—no rules, no ‘looks,’ just opportunities,” wrote Delevingne, who penned the press release herself also.

Cara D. x DKNY is available to buy now from thecorner.com 

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Twin Picks: Bag Designers

09.10.2014 | Fashion | BY:

One of the easiest ways to revamp your look for autumn/winter is to start with your accessories. We’ve previously paid attention to the hat of the season and celebrated the ankle boot, so we thought it’s time we looked to those leather goods we call bags. You can never go wrong when it comes to a black bag, so here we’ve rounded up four styles from four emerging bag designers we love.

Mansur Gavriel Leather Bucket Bag, £395, net-a-porter.com & Danielle Foster Kelly Tote, £390, danielle-foster.com

Reece Hudson Bowery Oversized Clutch, £520, liberty.co.uk & Alfie Douglas Alfie Two Backpack, £260, alfiedouglas.com

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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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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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Linda Farrow AW14

03.09.2014 | Fashion | BY:

Linda Farrow’s AW14 offering only furthers their diverse and adventurous exploration of eyewear. Introducing thirteen new sunglasses and eight new optical styles in either acetate, metal and of course, snakeskin. You’ll find the fashion frames in sun-bleached hues and subtle tones of storm, deep coral, oyster, shell, apricot, and mink, as well as bright contrasting colours and the classic black and white.

The AW14 collection also introduces two new Superchunk shapes, providing thick acetate frames up to 9mm – for those who love to go bold. Every piece has the extraordinary finish and attention to detail that Linda Farrow is renowned for.

lindafarrow.com

Campaign images shot by Mariano Vivanco.

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Twin Picks: Pouches

05.08.2014 | Fashion | BY:

Every girl interested in chic design deserves to own a luxurious pouch – perfect for late-night dinners, club crawls or those popped-out-for-the-latest-issue-of-vogue moments where only a credit card, Tom Ford lipstick and mobile are needed. To help you pick your hand-held accessory for the autumn/winter 2014 season, we’ve made it super easy, by choosing our top four.

Moschino Logo Clutch, £182.32, farfetch.com & Marni Pony Skin Clutch, £410, thecorner.com

Small Shiny Croc Clutch in White, £40, whistles.com & Sophie Hulme Keyhole Leather Pouch in Black, £175, coggles.com

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Grace To The Nth Power

29.07.2014 | Fashion | BY:

With AW14, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, Kenzo’s Creative Directors looked to explore the myriad, fractal reflections of art into life and vice versa. Enlisting directors Partel Oliva and web/3D designers Kim Boutin and David Broner, AW14 is celebrated through an interactive 3D and video experience available online that features music by Fatima Al Qadiri and stars Sudanese-American model Grace Bol.

The videos and artworks will be displayed during a dedicated exhibition running from September 24h – 26th at Galerie 12Mail/Red Bull Space, 12 rue du Mail, Paris.

To find out more, experience the video and to also shop the collection, head to kenzo.com/fall2014.

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Jessie Harris For Danielle Foster

02.07.2014 | Blog | BY:

When Twin visited Fashion Sunday at Oval Space recently, we fell for Jessie Harris’s jewellery designs. Even more so when she shed light on her most recent collaboration with another Twin favourite, Danielle Foster. Having met last summer, the two designers recognised similarities in each others design ethos, both favouring strong, clean shapes and a minimal, modern aesthetic. “Danielle was really interested in working on some custom bag hardware, which was the starting point and a perfect bridge between our different areas of design,” stated Jessie. “From there we discussed creating a small jewellery collection that followed on from and reflected the shapes of the hardware.”

With a focus on clutch bags with solid brass clasps, in either matte black, mock crock or an inky blue and black leather, the D – ring shape was then echoed on to earring and rings: “We wanted to keep the jewellery element of the collaboration really cohesive and concise which was a really interesting challenge as I’ve never worked on a jewellery collection of only 4 key styles before.” Each piece is available in either yellow gold or silver, adding some diversity and allowing the designs to be worn as single, statement pieces or even stacked and combined for a different look.

Released in Autumn, we predict this collaboration will be a big hit.

 

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Kalifornia

25.06.2014 | Fashion | BY:

Having grown up in southern California, Humberto and Carol’s LA heritage is intregal to the new direction of KENZO. Fusing street chic Parisian style with laid back west coast cool, they created the house’s new timeless handbag, Kalifornia, that blends KENZO’s French atelier craftsmanship with Humberto and Carol’s pacific coast nonchalance. Taking inspiration from the California tribes of beachcombers, bikers, and skaters, the lux bag has a deconstructed design and two “K“ zips on either side that double as pockets, in a nod to the biker style.

Kalifornia comes in four different styles; Gommato, Broken Floor, Mountain Print and Fluorescent, all with their own quirks and colourways.

The Kalifornia will be available from September 2014 from KENZO stores and online at kenzo.com

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TWIN BACKSTAGE: KENZO

24.03.2014 | Fashion | BY:

When Twin went backstage at the Kenzo AW14 at Paris Fashion Week, this is what we saw.

Photography: Masao Yufu

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TWIN BACKSTAGE: PAUL & JOE

20.03.2014 | Fashion | BY:

We now turn our attention to the Paul & Joe autumn/winter 2014 presentation that took place during Paris Fashion Week. Again Masao Yufu captures the magic backstage.

Photography: Masao Yufu

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Twin Backstage: Vanessa Bruno

12.03.2014 | Fashion | BY:

Now we turn our attention to the Vanessa Bruno AW14 show. This time photographer Masao Yufu focuses solely on the runway, capturing beautiful images of the clothes and the models who wore them.

Photography: Masao Yufu

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Twin Backstage: Issey Miyake

11.03.2014 | Fashion | BY:

Next in our series we find ourselves at the glamorous Issey Miyake AW14 show. This time we give you a glimpse of what happened, both on the catwalk and backstage during Paris Fashion Week.

Photography: Masao Yufu

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Twin Backstage: Tsumori Chisato

10.03.2014 | Fashion | BY:

In our second Twin Backstage series, we focus on the last stop during fashion month, Paris. We sent photographer Masao Yufu backstage at Tsumori Chisato’s AW14 show to document everything that happened behind the scenes.

Photography: Masao Yufu

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Pavane

26.02.2014 | Fashion | BY:

During London Fashion Week Twin headed to the Designer Showrooms at Somerset House to meet the designers behind a young London-based label Pavane. Having worked for a range of big names in design, Hussein Chalayan, Yohji Yamamoto, Marc Jacobs, Erdem and Richard Nicoll to name a few, the designers, Georgina Edmonds and Fiona Ransom, decided to go it alone. Showing their third collection for AW14, they bring together their different disciplines (cutting and textiles) to create pieces that are both delicate yet strong, and structured, but with a certain fluidity in their designs. When asked about their process, they talked about their differences: “as we are both women with different aesthetics and body shapes, what we each want from a garment is different – this sets up an interesting tension with our design process – a questioning dialogue about the desirability and even validity of each piece.” It is this dialogue between the two designers that helps them create highly considered collections.

The Pavane woman, come autumn/winter 2014, will be wearing winter florals and kimono inspired silhouettes in a colour palette of blush oranges, deep reds, pale pinks and shades of charcoal. Key pieces from the collection: “the coat dress and jacket made from the bespoke woolen roses jacquard –  strong and feminine at the same time.”

pavane-london.com

 Photography: Rupert Tapper 

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Twin Backstage: Jonathan Saunders

21.02.2014 | Fashion | BY:

For our last look back at the shows at London Fashion Week, Twin focuses on the details backstage at the Jonathan Saunders AW14 catwalk presentation. Here we take a look at photographer Ash Reynolds‘ interpretation of what happened.

Photography: Ash Reynolds

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Twin Backstage: Richard Nicoll

20.02.2014 | Fashion | BY:

For the second in our backstage series, Twin sent photographer Ash Reynolds to capture the atmosphere behind the scenes of the Richard Nicoll AW14 show at London Fashion Week. Here we can take a closer look at the models, styling, beauty and designs that made the show what it was. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photography: Ash Reynolds

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