PAMFLET X TWIN: From The Streets of Bloomsbury to Streetstyle…

07.04.2014 | Literature | BY:

Anna-Marie Fitzgerald and Phoebe Frangoul are the co-editors and co-founders of the London grrrl-zine and literary salon Pamflet. Here they discuss the April releases, trends and going’s on in the literary world worth knowing about. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram @Pamflet.

‘X or Y: which is which?’ begins X vs Y: A Culture War, A Love Story (Abrams Image, £11.99) by New York-based sisters and writers Eve and Leonora Epstein. They suggest that you choose between ‘DM boots and foam footwear’ if you’re not sure where you belong (particularly if you were born in the ‘grey area’ between 1979-1984). This dip-in and out-able scrapbook of 90s and 00s nostalgia is also a memoir of intergenerational sisterhood and reads like the very best blogs: deeply personal, witty and full of pleasing references. Packed with cute infographics, tables and helpful graphs charting the defining pop cultural moments of our times, this is a reminder of everything that’s great about generation grey.

I’ve been cycling around London long enough to know that pencil skirts are for walking-to-work days only, I don’t care about helmet hair and I still have a lot of time for a good bike book. The Girls’ Bicycle Handbook by Cyclechic’s Caz Nicklin (Quercus, £14.99) which is practical, thorough and filled with bike-love is the first one I’d unreservedly recommend to all would-be cyclists. There are handy how-to guides, advice on what to wear, lists of what kit you actually need and interviews with every hip bike lady on the scene. The clear layout means that you can quickly find the relevant bits to your riding needs and it even answers potentially embarrassing questions we all need the answers to such as ‘can I cycle with pets?’ and ‘what about wearing heels?’ TGBH should be the final persuader for anyone who’s teetering on the brink of riderdom.

Amazing Babes: A Picture Book for Kids and Adults by Eliza Sarlos and Grace Lee (Scribe, £12.99) is a hardback you’ll nobly buy as a gift for the child in your life and want to keep for yourself. It might look like a pretty picture book with cool alt-celebs in (see the portraits of Tavi, Kathleen Hanna and Malala) but that façade masks the fact that it’s really a dressed-up feminist-indoctrination tool for schoolchildren.

And now for something delicious: The Bloomsbury Cookbook by Jans Ondaatje Rolls (Thames & Hudson, £24.95) is the literary equivalent of a fantasy dinner party with the writers, poets, painters and philosophers who comprised the Bloomsbury Set. Even if you think you know everything there is to know about this bohemian bunch – Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell, E.M. Forster, Dora Carrington and Lytton Strachey among others – Rolls’ book offers a completely fresh insight into their characters and appetites – both gastronomic and otherwise.

Through recipes used by individuals in the group, photographs, illustrations and extracts from letters, she brings to life that fascinating, vibrant world and its creative inhabitants who were so determined to throw off the stuffy restrictions of Victorian society in every aspect of their lives, from their relationships to the work they produced and the food they served.

From reading their novels and memoirs about the Bloomsbury set, I’ve always had a vague impression that they were a rather earnest lot but the beauty of this book is it’s given me a totally different understanding of these complex personalities. They were the foodies of their day and although most of them didn’t actually cook (until after the First World War, anyway), they loved to eat. They championed exotic ingredients like garlic and avocados and loved nothing more than to engage in stimulating, intense conversation over ‘lingering breakfasts’ and ‘painting lunches’. From the anecdotes in this book it sounds like they would have been fabulous company.

I’ve been dipping into the various chapters of The Bloomsbury Cookbook and it’s inspired me to try out a few of the recipes and revisit some of my favourite novels, from Mrs Dalloway to A Passage To India. Oh and every penny of the profits are being donated by the author to the Charleston Trust which looks after Vanessa Bell’s house, Charleston – an incredibly generous gesture. So by buying this beautiful book, you’re also helping preserve a piece of our cultural heritage for years to come.

Glossy book of the month: 100 Ideas that Changed Street Style by Josh Sims (Laurence King, £19.95) is the latest volume in the essential 100 Ideas graphic/art/design series. Each idea gets its own double-spread, capturing the subcultures that have inspired what we’ve worn over the decades and joining the style dots from concept to market stall to wardrobe to catwalk. It’s the kind of book you can get lost in so start with your favourite street styles (ganguro, androgyny, rave: they’re all here) and see where they take you.

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Store Focus: Fivestory, New York

31.03.2014 | Fashion | BY:

Fivestory New York is hands down one of the coolest, luxurious retail spaces in New York. In it’s own words, “Part maven; Part luxury retail; Fivestory is a connoisseur’s world of curated art, fashion and design,” well we are sold already. Stocking our favourite brands, from Delfina Delettrez to Anthony Vaccallero this store can be found in the heart of Madison Avenue.

“Our store is for the consumer who has a strong aesthetic and can appreciate the quality and specialness of a product. We are here to enhance, to inspire the creativity and individuality within each consumer; to bring them to a level of appreciation for a curated atmosphere and to stimulate their imagination. To feel the transformation from conventional to exceptional.” Claire Distenfeld, the owner/buyer. Below Twin picks two of our favourite Delfina Delettrez pieces. 

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Delfina Delettrez Finger Mood Bracelet

Delfina Delettrez Hand Ring

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Pamflet x Twin: March

10.03.2014 | Literature | BY:

Anna-Marie Fitzgerald and Phoebe Frangoul are the co-editors and co-founders of the London grrrl-zine and literary salon Pamflet. Here they discuss the releases, trends and going’s on in the literary world worth knowing about. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram @Pamflet.

This month’s literary picks include the reissue of a controversial classic and a very modern love story…

Naomi Wood’s Mrs Hemingway (Picador, out now) tells the story of Ernest Hemingway’s four wives in a series of flashbacks and interlocking first person narratives. The macho, huntin’ shootin’ fishin’ Hemingway is depicted by turns as selfish, needy, childish and charming, a man who loved being married, just not always to the same woman. Naomi Wood skilfully creates the conversations that might have played out between Ernest and his wives, making them feel totally authentic. You can feel his first wife Hadley struggling with her jealousy as Ernest becomes involved with her best friend, Pauline ‘Fife’ Pfeiffer, trying to be bohemian and mature (and French!) about the situation. Then chic, sophisticated, wealthy Fife, so confident that she’s different to Hadley, finds to her horror that she loses Ernest to the tough, independent writer Martha Gellhorn. And she in turn loses him to a fellow journalist named Mary Welsh.

Hemingway and contemporaries like F Scott Fitzgerald fictionalised their own lives while they were living them, so it feels totally natural to read this imagined account of Hemingway’s wives. Naomi Wood has given voices to the shadowy figures who played a vital role in helping Hemingway become the titanic figure of twentieth century literature that he was.

2014 sees the reissue of Radclyffe Hall’s controversial lesbian novel, The Well of Loneliness (Hesperus Classics, out now). Subject to a landmark obscenity trial when it was first published in 1928 and banned for twenty years, the Sunday Express said of Hall’s book, “I would rather give a healthy boy or a healthy girl a phial of prussic acid than this novel”, which naturally made everyone want to read it. The heroine, Stephen Gordon – so named because her parents longed for a boy – isn’t a particularly sympathetic character. She’s abrasive and self-absorbed, but when you consider the stifling society she was born into and her painful isolation as she discovers her nature as an ‘invert’ (a term used at the time to describe homosexuality), you can see why. Stephen’s wealth allows her a certain amount of freedom – she can indulge her love of masculine attire, travel and live independently – but ultimately because she is attracted to women, she is an outcast.

In the centenary year of the outbreak of World War 1, it seems pertinent to revisit this novel, as it is during her time driving ambulances on the Western Front that Stephen discovers other women like her and falls in love. WWI saw huge social changes in Britain and marked the end of the gilded Edwardian age. As well as the colossal losses that blighted the lives of so many, there were gains for women – the vote and a new freedom to work – that shaped Britain as we know it. The Well of Loneliness might not be a ‘fun’ book, but like The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists and The Female Eunuch, it’s a very necessary one. We have three copies of the new edition to give away so visit us at Pamflet to find out how to win one.

Zoe Pilger’s Eat My Heart Out (Serpent’s Tail, out now) is an astonishing debut that gives a frightening insight into the lives of a new lost generation who are facing a bankrupt future. It reads like a drunken late night illegal cab ride, recklessly careering through the London of your early twenties. Everyone’s a poet or a performance artist, there’s lots of bad drugs and nasty sex in squalid flats paid for by indulgent relations. Bleak and brilliant, Pilger ruthlessly flays the social mores of the liberal intelligentsia to the bone. Protagonist Ann-Marie feels like a Holden Caulfield for the twenty-first century and a natural successor to modern literature’s anti-heroes – nihilistic, narcissistic, gloriously deranged, bleak and bright by turns. This is an anti-love story, brutal and brilliant.

Helen Walsh is one of Pamflet’s favourite literary bad girls. She writes about complex women in difficult circumstances, giving a voice to characters who we might only ever get a brief glimpse of in contemporary literature otherwise: a single mother cursed with postnatal depression in Go to Sleep, a Sri Lankan-Irish girl coming of age to an acid house soundtrack in Once Upon a Time in England and Liverpudlian prostitutes in the notorious Brass. In her new book The Lemon Grove (Tinder Press, out now) forty-something Jenn is on a doomed family holiday in intoxicating surroundings and it’s Walsh’s most fearless, tense and tightly written work yet. After gulping this down, I was pretty sure that she’s the kind of lady I’d like to put the world to rights with over several glasses of red wine (Tinder Press).

Two debut short story collections to look out for this month are Molly Antapol’sThe UnAmericans (Fourth Estate, out now) and The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales (Salt Publishing, 15 March) by Kirsty Logan. For me the most satisfying short stories should take the bigger picture and shrink it into a perfect miniature or snapshot and both of these do just that. Logan’s occasionally surreal and gorgeous tales defy categorisation and Antapol’s stories of fathers and daughters and distant homelands offer many thought-provoking reading pleasures.

Our glossy book of the month is Fashion Africa (Jacaranda Books, out now) by designer and Director of the Africa Fashion Guide Jacqueline Shaw. An overview of where the continent’s industry is right now, it provides a dazzlingly illustrated portfolio of African textiles, footwear and clothing through practitioner profiles and interviews.

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Pamflet x Twin: February Releases

07.02.2014 | Literature | BY:

Anna-Marie Fitzgerald and Phoebe Frangoul are the co-editors and co-founders of the London grrrl-zine and literary salon Pamflet. Here they discuss the releases, trends and going’s on in the literary world worth knowing about. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram @Pamflet.
 

We can never get enough of angry young women at Pamflet, so happily we have two righteous books to recommend this month. They also happen to be about the politics behind our two major obsessions (music and clothes) too.

Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot (Granta Books) by Moscow-based journalist Masha Gessen (brought forward from its March publication date because of Nadya Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina ‘early’ release) is the story of Russia’s most famous ex-political prisoners. In the past couple of years their iconic balaclava-ed images have inspired rebel-artists across the world, adorned greeting cards and been referenced by the masked cast in the poster for last year’s all-women Julius Caesar at the Donmar.

Gessen investigates the young women behind the cultural phenomenon, spending time with Nadya’s husband and father and corresponding with them incarcerated women in their respective prisons. If you saw the Punk Prayer film and got the Let’s Start a Pussy Riot art-book (which featured contributions from Meadham Kirchhoff and Yoko Ono amongst many others), then you really need to read this in-depth look at what it means be young, fearless and angry in the new Russia.

Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion (Pluto Press) by writer and activist Tansy E. Hoskins and wonderfully illustrated by Jade Pilgrom will be launched on London Fashion Week Eve (next Thursday 13 February). Hoskins manages to convincingly bring the two Karls (Marx and Lagerfeld) into this passionate and radical critique of the fashion industry. Writing from the perspective of an outsider who believes it ‘truly is glorious and enthralling as well as exasperating and terrible,’ her stance will be familiar to anyone who’s been tempted by the quick fix rush of a high street bargain only to sink into shameful remorse immediately afterwards. In Stitched Up Hoskins might be dazzled by fashion, but that doesn’t stop her from asking critical questions around the provenance and manufacture of clothing and the exploitation of fashion workers from the factory floor to the catwalk. Luckily she has plenty of answers to suggest too, and in this theoretical, but enjoyably journalistic text, she confidently picks up the campaigning baton from her fash-critic foremothers such as Elizabeth Wilson and looks optimistically towards the future.

ALSO OUT THIS MONTH: Costume historian Amber Jane Butchart’s Fashion Miscellany is a darling collection of short essays and asides on style, tailoring and taste. On and off the page Amber lives her craft and here she always wears her expert knowledge lightly, packing this neat volume full of treasures. Reading it is like digging through a junk shop jewellery box: lots of fun.

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Twin Issue IX

02.12.2013 | Blog , Twin Book | BY:

Twin’s winter edition celebrates modern beauty with a quartet of cover stars: British model Sam Rollinson heads to the wilds of the Cornish coast, musician Jamie Bochert invites us into her Brooklyn home, grunge original Kirsten Owen takes on the season’s game-changing graphic prints and Constance Jablonski injects a libertine air to Margaret Howell’s mannish designs. Read punk pioneer Viv Albertine on art, marriage and her starring role in groundbreaking new film, Exhibition. You’ll also discover a real view of motherhood from photographers Tierney Gearon and Elinor Carucci. Plus, four artists pay tribute to the remarkable vision of photographer Philip-Lorca diCorcia. Not forgetting the unforgettable Sasha Grey on her switch from porn to publishing.

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Twin Issue VIII

26.04.2013 | Blog , Twin Book | BY:

For Spring/Summer 2013, Twin proudly presents actress Jane Levy, photographed in Los Angeles by Thomas Giddings. And meet Aluna Francis and George Reid, the duo behind the infectious pop of AlunaGeorge.

Plus, venture into the Nevada desert for Myla Dalbesio’s special performance, documented exclusively for Twin, and take a revealing look into artist Cameron Jamie’s creative process.

Elsewhere, dive into sumptuous fashion shoots starring models Daphne Groeneveld and Yumi Lambert. See what’s inspiring prolific fashion talent Simone Rocha and get to know the young creatives fuelling London’s cultural scene. It’s all here, in Twin Issue VIII.

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Rabbit Heart

26.04.2013 | Blog , Twin Video | BY:

Denim, daywear and Dutch beauty Daphne Groeneveld lend a new naïveté to cocktail dressing – with a little help from Nutella the bunny.

Photography: Lachlan Bailey
Styling: Naomi Miller

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Safety Check

26.04.2013 | Blog , Twin Video | BY:

Louis Vuitton’s sixties-inspired checks make a graphic interplay with highway signs, telephone poles…and at least one ambulance.

Photography: Colin Dodgson
Styling: Naomi Miller

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Ghetto Fabulous – the full version

07.01.2013 | Blog , Twin Video | BY:

Meet the original New York crew whose gothic style is one part fierce, two parts fly.

Photography: Danielle Levitt
Styling: Kathryn Typaldos

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Ghetto Gothic

07.11.2012 | Blog , Twin Video | BY:

Meet the original New York crew whose gothic style is one part fierce, two parts fly.

Eva Forever

05.11.2012 | Blog , Twin Video | BY:

Celebrated Czech supermodel Eva Hertzigovaw falls for France’s rural romance in crispest cotton and outdoorsy denim.

Funny Face

05.11.2012 | Blog , Twin Video | BY:

Fashion’s feeling frisky. A playful approach to dressing puts a youthful spin on wardrobe classics.

Biker Grove

05.11.2012 | Blog , Twin Video | BY:

Looking for adventure? Hit the open road in hot layered leather (note the new voluminous shapes). It’s a crazy ride.

Twin Issue VII

01.11.2012 | Blog , Twin Book | BY:

The Autumn/Winter edition of Twin stars supermodels Eva Herzigova and Frankie Rayder (photographed by Cass Bird with her daughter Sunny). Meet music newcomers Miranda and Elektra Kilbey, the twin sisters behind the irresistible, sultry pop of Saint Lou Lou.

Elsewhere, enter the dark world of Paul McCarthy via a vivid collection of artworks created exclusively for Twin, and photographer Danielle Levitt introduces the wild and wicked New York gang who invented their own ghetto brand of goth.

You’ll also find lively chats with the author Hanna Rosen, who talks about her controversial book, The End of Men, feminist photographer Cynthia MacAdams and the bounteous duo behind the Opening Ceremony brand.

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Blue Is The Colour

21.06.2012 | Blog , Twin Video | BY:

Head to the home of Sunday League in trailer trash denim, cornflower print bandeaus and second-skin drainpipes. Come summer bestenorskecasinos.com you”ll be the centre of the sporting world.

Photography: Tung Walsh
Styling: Naomi Miller

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The Immaculate Collection

21.06.2012 | Blog , Twin Video | BY:

Far from demure, white-on-white is the straight up, statement hue of the season.

Photography: Ben Weller
Styling: Naomi Miller

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In Bloom

21.06.2012 | Blog , Twin Video | BY:

Embrace the fantasy of florals with punchy psychedelic prints. Twin predicts a horticultural riot!

Photography: Jason Kibbler
Styling: Celestine Cooney

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Twin Issue VI

14.05.2012 | Blog , Twin Book | BY:

The summer edition of Twin smoulders. It’s an exploration of sex and self-love starring IMOGEN POOTS, the English rose taking over Tinseltown, Montreal beauty GRIMES and steely starlet VICKY MCCLURE who meets her match in writer STEPHANIE THEOBALD.

Delight in the ways of the tomboy with AGYNESS, FREJA and ALICE. Explore the nature of desire with writers JACKIE KAY and HELEN SCHULMAN, and read SLUTEVER’s findings on female masturbation.

With visual contributions from RYAN MCGINLEY, TARA DARBY, QUENTIN JONES and JASON PIETRA. Plus twin covers by BEN WELLER, who shoots sublime Lithuanian supermodel EDITA in purest white, and JASON KIBBLER who captures fashion’s floral frenzy on Slovenia’s rising star VALERIJA.

Twin VI: doubles the desire.

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The House of the Rising Sun

03.10.2011 | Blog , Twin Video | BY:

Introducing Nimue Smit the crazily cute model who test runs Diesel’s breezy Sunday styles for Twin V.
Directed by Nick Dorey.

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Great Deyn

03.10.2011 | Blog , Twin Video | BY:

Twin cover star Agyness Deyn considers the meaning of love, life and happiness. Directed by Ben Weller.

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