A Model Moment: Xiaomeng

06.03.2015 | Fashion | BY:

Next in our photography series we meet Xiaomeng Huang. Xioameng is just 25, and hails from Beijing. Signed to Viva London, the young model travels a lot and finds herself in different cities constantly. London is still new to her, but something drew her to Covent Garden, and more specifically Seven Dials. Previously walking for designers such as Louis Vuitton, Moschino Cheap & Chic, Temperley, Thomas Tait, Hussein Chalayan and Marc Jacobs, Xiaomeng is set to have a long and burgeoning career.

Here, photographer Sophia Aerts captures Xiaomeng just as she is; a model in London town.

On London

My favourite place in London is Covent Garden. I really like the colourful shops, coffeehouses and all the young people. A friend recommended the area to me, and I fell in love with it. I also like Oxford Street and London’s vintage shops.

On style

In terms of style, I’m quite casual and easy-going. I’m always smiling, which I think is better than any fashion accessory. The last thing I bought was a wrap from Uterque, but I love anything by Phoebe Philo or from Yves Saint Laurent. I love to paint – I would never be able to give it up. My other indulgences are facemasks and chocolate.

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Hair & Make-up by Michelle Dacillo

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Twin Backstage: Marques’Almeida

27.02.2015 | Fashion | BY:

Design duo Marques’Almedia’s catwalk presentations are always a highlight on our London Fashion Week schedule, and this season was no different. Twin photographer Sophia Aerts captured the show and all its glorious details.

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Twin Backstage: Thomas Tait

27.02.2015 | Fashion | BY:

Our London Fashion Week series continues with Thomas Tait. As the first LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize winner, there was much speculation as to what he would create for AW15. Sophia Aerts went backstage to find out.

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Twin Backstage: Michael van der Ham

26.02.2015 | Fashion | BY:

Next up in our backstage series is Michael van der Ham. Twin sent Sophia Aerts to capture the stunning autumn/winter 2015 designs about to walk the catwalk in the grand salon of the Tate Britain.

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Twin Backstage: Helen Lawrence

25.02.2015 | Fashion | BY:

Helen Lawrence presented her playful knitwear collection for AW15 at the Chelsea College of Arts this Fashion Week. Twin sent photographer Sophia Aerts to shoot all the action.

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A Model Moment: Chloe

20.02.2015 | Blog , Fashion | BY:

In the latest installment of Twin’s A Model Moment series, we meet Chloe Lecareux. Chloe recently moved to London from Paris, and, at the tender age of 20, has already developed a distinctive style that really comes through in her shots. Pared back, but carefully considered, her look shows a love of fashion – which is only fitting for a model. Already spotted by Rankin, who has used her for an upcoming exclusive, and has just returned from Barcelona Fashion Week, Chloe is sure to only go from strength to strength as she gets older.

On London

There are so many things I love about London: The vintage clothes shops; the parks for cycling and walking; and especially the museums. The city is so lively and eccentric – everyone here seems so real, no matter how they dress. My favourite place, though, is the Tate. I love art, and I love how a place can be busy and quiet at the same time. It’s perfect for some quiet reflection on a rainy Sunday. I just stumbled across the gallery while I was wandering around one day.

On style

My style changes all the time, but what’s most important to me is a good cut – and lots of black! Acne and Cėline are my favourite labels, but I mainly shop at Zara and &OtherStories on the high street. When I was in Spain for fashion week, I bought several pairs of Zara trousers as it’s so much cheaper over there. I’m absolutely crazy about Portobello Market. I always find something beautiful there, like vintage Prada trousers or a silk cocktail dress from Amanda Wakeley. However, what I’m coveting most at the moment is a Leica camera as I’m really passionate about photography.

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Make up by Gillian Campbell using Jurlique Skincare and Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

Hair by Ditte Lund Lassen using Bumble and Bumble.

 

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A Model Moment: Avery

06.02.2015 | Fashion | BY:

The model has become a figure of fashion myth and legend, always perfect, always stylish and with an instinct for what to do, what to wear whilst doing it and whom to be seen doing it with; a kind of ‘cool compass’, if you will. Social media has lent their off-duty hours an aura of cool, a time when these chameleons are being their own beautiful selves, doing their own beautiful thing. They suddenly develop a personality, a style of their own, and become all the more enticing for it.

So when the international carousel of shows, shoots and castings stops for a brief instant and comes to rest in London, where does the model spend her time? In a new series, Twin, in collaboration with photographer Sophia Aerts, has hand-selected up-and-coming models and shot them at their most beloved place in the city, giving you an insight into their lives and loves.

Meet Avery Tharp of Next Model Management. A 22-year old hailing from California, Avery has a captivating blend of wide-eyed innocence and sultry pout. She has a youthful energy and determination, but nevertheless maintains a certain mindfulness that comes across in her work. Twin catches up with her after a four week stay in London.

On London

My favourite place in London is the walk from Borough Market, through Southwark Cathedral, along the river, past the Tate and over to St Paul’s. If I’m really in the mood I’ll walk all the way home [to Old Street]. I love being by the river – it’s so relaxing.

Walking enables me to be independent and I can go where I want to; you don’t often get to do things for yourself when you’re a model. Sometimes I just want to do what I want to do, and when I want to do it.

Another great place in London is Camellia’s Tea House, near Carnaby Street. It’s a tiny café, hidden away on the third floor, with a whole wall of teas. I love all kinds – chai, earl grey – and I’m going to take some with me when I go back home.

On style

I’m very relaxed when it comes to style. I like to think I dress in a way that is simple, easy and chic. The last thing I bought was this leather jacket from Neiman Marcus in New York. At the end of the day, it’s about looking nice but feeling comfortable, a balance between finding something you like and something that suits you.

I do have some staples though: I would never be able to give up my coat in winter, and in summer time I can’t live without my favourite pair of shorts, which are white cotton with blue stripes.

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Hair & Make Up: Aga Dobosz

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