Parlez Vous Francais?

08.04.2014 | Fashion | BY:

Recently, Twin crossed the channel and headed to the French capital to find out what’s hot in Paris right now. Between walking along Avenue Montaigne, shopping at Colette and eating macaroons at Angelina, we met with some emerging designers at their showrooms to find out about the AW14 collections. Now if you’ve not heard of these three brands before, take note.

Etienne Dereoux

Etienne Dereoux states that he doesn’t necessarily create with seasons in mind. Everything is more resortwear; “winter under the sun” if you will, and with the bright pink and blue hues his latest collection boasts, spending your time by the fire would be a complete waste of his garments. Dereoux studied fashion at the Antwerp Academy of Fine Arts and La Cambre School of Visual Arts before starting his eponymous label in Paris. There is a certain serenity to his pieces, fusing comfort and elegance in a contemporary sportswear fashion.

For AW14 a mix of vivid colours like bright fuchsia and royal blue are complemented by black and white and find themselves decorating clean-cut bomber jackets, wool cashmere coats, soft honeycomb knits or crocodile leather pieces. We were specifically drawn to his knitwear capsule collection, a collaboration with the heritage brand Le Mont Saint-Michel. Inspired by dance attire, the range includes mesh-like jumpers and fully- fashioned merino dresses that perfectly combine French savoir-faire and American-inspired sportswear. It’s a match made in fashion heaven.


Now you might not know the name, but you’ve certainly seen his designs before. As Head Knitwear Designer for Kenzo, Risto Bimbiloski is no newcomer to the fashion scene having previously worked at Jean Colonna, Thierry Mugler and Louis Vuitton. His personal label is inspired by science and technology giving us quirky motifs and intricate pieces that push the boundaries of knitwear entirely. A family affair, the brand’s collections are entirely produced by Risto’s own atelier, run by his mother in Macedonia and at his showroom we met his brother too. The Macedonian designer is also influenced by the traditional artisan techniques of the women in Ohrid, his hometown, so it’s safe to say this creative hasn’t forgotten his roots.

Come winter, the Risto girl will be seen in light green metallic dresses, high-waisted loose-fitting tailored pants in varied shades, and of course an array of knitted pieces from polo necks, cropped woven jumpers and cardigans covered in wool fringing.


The Calla brand is international to say the least. Based in Paris, showing as part of Made in New York and Calla Haynes, the designer herself is Canadian, which gives the collections this nomadic essence; they won’t feel out of place anywhere. Even the materials are international, boasting silky lightweight fabrics from Japan and mohair from Italy.

Calla likes to create a story for her collections, delving deep into a narrative that expresses each season. For AW14 the Calla girl is a broken-hearted Parisian who ups and leaves for Memphis to become a country singer. This elaborate tale helped create the varsity jackets, oversized blazers, dresses and skirts the collection is full of. The chunky alpaca knits and mohair plaid are a nod to traditional Americana and provide the perfect juxtaposition of tomboy and feminine that the brand is known for. There was also many more graphic prints than previous seasons. One, is based on Lillybear, Calla’s fluffy companion, a Chow Chow who we met while she guarded the showroom. The Lilly motif finds itself emblazed on sweaters, cardigans, dresses, trousers and coats, in an array of colourways. It’s this fun and light-hearted take on fashion that leaves a smile on your face when wearing Calla.

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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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04.04.2014 | Fashion | BY:

Marni Lab has created a short film to celebrate the iconic Marni Trunk bag for SS14. Styled like an old fashioned movie trailer and set to the gramophone sounds of Emanuele Scataglini, the black and white short film sees the geometric shapes of the handbag paralleled through the architecture of Aldo Rossi and Carlo Aymonino, as it was shot at Monte Amiata Housing in Milan. Playful in its execution, the doubled screens further emphasize the power of perspective. Watch the film below…

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Francis Leon Q&A

03.04.2014 | Fashion | BY:

Francis Leon is a high-end contemporary streetwear brand inspired by sportswear, that combines sharp construction, luxury quality and effortless styling. With a nonchalant, cool and casual asethetic, they are one to keep on your radar, especially when they cite Rooney Mara, Freja Beha Erichsen, Mick Jagger and Charlotte Gainsbourg as their muses. This season is all about the misfit in the middle, so Twin spoke to designer Jo Turner to find out more.

Tell us about the Republic of Francis Leon…
The republic is how we refer to everyone related to the brand in some way… our community; from our customers, to our retailers, our photographer, agents and all the people behind the scenes. It’s about building relationships and creating something bigger than just the clothes or the brand.

What signature style/pieces can we expect from the brand?
Our signature pieces are the jackets. We mix high-quality Italian leathers with different fabrications to enhance fit and comfort. They are designed to be lo-fi luxury; casually effortless… a jacket you can throw on over anything.

What is the Francis Leon girl doing this spring? Where does she hang out?
She’s working, socialising, going to events or just hanging out in the park reading a book.

Launched in Australia, now based in London, how does this affect the collections? Does it?
I’m not sure. Our product range has changed a fair bit since moving the businesses over to Europe. We focus mostly on outerwear now. The two markets are very different, it’s quite hard for a brand to service both at the same time. Our aesthetic always leaned a bit more towards Europe than Australia, so it was quite a natural and straightforward move for us.

What are your favourite pieces from the SS14 collection?
The Avenger. It’s just a great classic biker, but at the same time a little bit different. It’s made in the softest lamb leather you can buy, with under-sleeve panels in perforated breathable neoprene for comfort and movement.

With a tomboy-ish nature and relaxed sensibility, what inspires these garments?
Each season there’s a Francis Leon heroine/character that continues through an adventure – this season, Collection 12, she finds herself a stow away on a rundown circus train. This is shown through hints of worn metallic leathers and lightning bolt details. But we always want to maintain a comfort and relaxed nature – an effortlessness; laidback sophistication.

Any collaborations or capsule collections on the horizon?
Yes, we’ve done a collaboration with Barbour International launching this winter. But definitely on the look out for more… so watch this space!

Photographer: Jo Duck
Make-up: Elias Hove
Model: EWA @ Models1

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Freja Beha Erichsen X Zadig & Voltaire

02.04.2014 | Fashion | BY:

Spring/Summer 2014 is Freja Beha Erichsen’s second season as the face of Zadig & Voltaire, but now she turns her hand to designing. Creating a rock chic collection, in support of international charity Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), an association that provides a combination of health treatments and interventions in the field from care-givers of different nationalities. The collection itself is a perfect combination of androgynous, casual and timeless outfits, fusing together both Freja’s personal style and the Zadig & Voltaire aesthetic: “Rock as a universal language. Wings as a symbol of positive attitude. Zadig & Voltaire brings fashion to the liberated woman, the real woman, a woman free to express herself.”

Key pieces from the range are white, khaki or black T-shirts, denim and leather jackets and leather bags, all of which donate 40% of their profits to Médecins Sans Frontières. The three major pieces of the capsule collection feature a capital ‘F’, Freja’s initial and ’87’, her date of birth.



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01.04.2014 | Fashion | BY:

The Panama Diary is a Smythson classic, with the original being created in 1908. To this day its design has barely changed – a testament to its timelessness. Six months ago the Panama inspired an entire collection, now, in collaboration with Quentin Jones, a Panama capsule collection has been created. The British artist’s quirky illustratrations and graphic style adorn a covetable selection of leather handbags and accessories such as large totes, zip pouches, notebooks, passport covers and key rings. These limited edition leather goods were originally only available at Collete but have just launched on the Smythson website. We recommend snapping them up quick.


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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.

Delfina Delettrez Finger Mood Bracelet

Delfina Delettrez Hand Ring

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Twin Picks: Poolside Slides

28.03.2014 | Fashion | BY:

Sping is in full swing (sort of), and it’s time your wardrobe kept up. One effortless way to transition, is to do so with your feet. This season is about relaxing poolside, dipping those toes in water but until that becomes reality, just swan about town in some slides. Here Twin chooses four to help you on your way.

Limited Elena Flat Poolside Mule, £195, & Givenchy Floral Print Slides, £546, 

Bio Sandals, £39.99, & Marni Slides, £390,


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Decline and Fall

27.03.2014 | Art | BY:

Francesca Gavin, Twin“s Art Editor, has curated an online-online exhibition available on as well as the Artsy iPhone app. Decline and Fall, which is available available now, features work from artists Amy Bessone, Ben Sansbury and Sara VanDerBeek to name a few. The title is taken from Evelyn Waugh’s novel and refers to Edward Gibbon’s famous tome about the decay of the Roman Empire, which aims to to show how these references (like modern vanitas paintings) can also be seen to reflect the cultural, moral, and social upheaval of contemporary life.

“This exhibition aims to look at how The initial deal result in the development of The The almighty from the Rings: The Fellowship from the Ring online slot and was because of permit more to make later on. the bones, ruins, and remnants of history, in particular classicism and modernism, are being rethought—how artists are digging amongst the past for new aesthetics; pushing the future by reinventing the past,” states Gavin. It”s fitting then, that the exhibition is being displayed online. Art can be seen as one of the oldest forms of creativity and an exhibition that looks at both the past and the present is taking it into the future with this new way of delivering it.

Decline and Fall is available until April 16th.

Image: The Circular Crest Of A Submerged Crater, 2006 by Salvatore Arancio. Photo-etching on paper

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Dancing In The Warm Evenings

26.03.2014 | Fashion | BY:

Founded in 2011, MARINA LONDON specialises in effortlessly chic silk basics. The collections have strong themes and centre around a certain colour palette. This season MARINA has introduced a shorter version of the oh-so-cool Man Repeller Jumpsuit, a Cami Body and our favourite, the Alphabet Tees, all of which come in an array of light blue hues and white.

When we spoke to Marina Guergova, the designer behind the brand, we asked her what the MARINA girl is doing this summer and just as we expected, she’s at the beach. “As the collection is inspired by the South of France and Santorini, she is travelling to similar destinations and taking pictures to remember them by. When she is in the city she is visiting new cafes, walking in parks and dancing in the warm evenings with her friends.” Sounds like our kind of girl.





25.03.2014 | Fashion | BY:

KARL LAGERFELD’s first store in the UK has opened on Regent Street. The new concept shopping destination combines the brand’s luxury collections with an  iconic design aesthetic and cutting-edge technology (like photo booths in the fitting room – selfie to your heart’s content!). The 250 sq-m flagship is the biggest KARL LAGERFELD store in Europe and will be home to the men and women’s ready-to-wear collections as well as accessories, handbags, leather goods, watches, eyewear, scarves and footwear.

Pier Paolo Righi, CEO of KARL LAGERFELD said. “London is one of the world’s leading cities when it comes to retail and this location offers a unique brand mix. Our London presence will be a fantastic representation of our brand’s aesthetic, and it showcases our cool, accessible-luxe collections in a cutting-edge environment.”

KARL LAGERFELD is open at at 145-147 Regent Street now.



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: Amaya Arzuaga

21.03.2014 | Fashion | BY:

In our penultimate look at Paris Fashion Week, Amaya Arzuaga’s AW14 show takes centre stage.

Photography: Masao Yufu

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The Yellow Wallpaper

21.03.2014 | Culture | BY:

British theatre director Katie Mitchell presents her adaption of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s famous short story, The Yellow Wallpaper. A controversial sociologist and writer, Gilman ruled the domestic, maternal role obsolete and claimed that Darwin’s theory of evolution was purely male-centric.

Originally published in 1892 and seen as a monumental piece of feminist literature, the play tells the story of a mother suffering from postnatal depression and traces her increasing psychological decline. Ultimately however, it also paints the portrait of a woman daring to defy the expectations of society.

The Yellow Wallpaper is next playing at Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Kurfürstendamm 153, Berlin on May 19th.

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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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Wolfgang Tillmans

20.03.2014 | Art , Culture | BY:

For those who are yet to discover Wolfgang Tillmans, this coming May proves to be the perfect time to explore the world through the lens of the German fine-art photographer. The turner prize winner, most renowned for capturing contemporary landscapes, club scenes and astronomical phenomena is set to publish Wolfgang Tillmans the artist’s first complete record of work across his twenty-five year career. Published by Phaidon Press, the updated and expanded publication will present the German photographer’s latest projects over the last ten years alongside an essay by New Museum curator Joanna Burton and an interview with Stuart Comer, the chief curator of media and performance at the MoMA. What’s more, Wolfgang Tillmans will also feature new writings by the artist himself across the 240-page hardback edition.

Tillmans is mot renowned for his observation and exploration of the world through photography, stating “I take pictures, in order to see the world.”

Dividing his time between London, Berlin, New York and Frankfurt, Tillmans is praised on an international scale, showcasing his work at the Serpentine Gallery and Tate Britain in London to appearing in i-D, Interview and Spex Magazine. For a rather short lengthened career thus far, Tillmans has achieved incredible recognition for his photography, going on to be the first photographer to win the Tate annual Turner Prize in 2000 and if that isn’t enough, Between Bridges, Tillmans non-profit exhibition space in Berlin, re-opened this January and has so far featured works by Patrick Caulfield and Jochen Klein.

Wolfgang Tillmans is undoubtedly one of the most influential artists of his generation and Wolfgang Tillmans is set to be an unforgettable milestone in his career. Pre-order at


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19.03.2014 | Fashion | BY:

Here we take a closer look at what happened when Twin sent photographer Masao Yufu backstage at the Veronique Leroy Autumn/Winter 2014 show in Paris. 

Photography: Masao Yufu

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Sofie Winterson Q&A

13.03.2014 | Music | BY:

Combining the ideals of folk with the beats of electonic music may sound a bit strange, but for Sofie Winterson she’s found a common ground that creates a modern sound. Her songs could be labelled indie pop but we think her music is going to be much more than that. With only a few songs released, one EP under her belt and an album on the way Twin caught up with the singer/songwriter from Amsterdam to find out more. She even lifts the lid on the albums title.

Did you always want to become a singer?
As a kid I wanted to be a writer until I got more and more involved in music and then it changed from writer to actress to singer. And now I can combine it in songwriting.

What’s your earliest musical memory?
There were a lot of musical instruments in the house and I remember seeing the violin and hearing my father playing it, the instrument made a big impression. I started learning to play the violin myself at age 6.

If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
That’s hard to say, maybe a writer or a doctor.

What does Said & Done mean to you?
It means a lot of things but one aspect is the fact that something can feel so exiting and new even though it is something you experienced before.

What inspires you to make music most?
I get a lot of inspiration for writing songs when I travel by car or train or when I read. And it’s really inspiring to play the first drafts of a song with the band. I love the moment when a song is finished and that you from then on can keep on playing and arranging it.

What was it like working with Pinar & Viola on the video?
It was a special and lovely experience. There work is really creative and innovative and I was really excited about working with them. It’s always a special moment when you give your music to someone else and together create an image around it!

What can you tell us about your debut album?
The album has a more melancholic and darker side as well. I arranged a lot together with my band members and it’s produced by Rimer London. It’s gonna be released on Magnetron Music this spring and I can also give away the title; Wires.

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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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12.03.2014 | Fashion | BY:

Converse Jack Purcell has announced their first collaboration with Hancock, the British luxury brand and with trainers being big news this spring, these caught our attention. The design collaboration has created a collection of the Jack Purcell mid-top sneaker that combines rubber bonded, waterproof materials in a range of spring hues such as indigo, mastic grey and a summery yellow all perfect for the upcoming sunny season and festivals alike. The trainers all feature a soft printed lining and the Hancock Vulcanised Articles logo on the heel tab.

Available at

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