In Your Dreams

03.08.2012 | Blog | BY:

Feel the need to get away from it all? Then Twin recommends you immerse yourself in Cat Stevens’ beautiful dreamscapes and go on a journey through a surrealist California drenched in wild sunlight.

The London based photographer has worked with subjects such as PJ Harvey and Chan Marshall and shoots for Rolling Stone and British Vogue and for her show Wrap Your Troubles Up in Dreams at Claire de Rouen Books disconnects from the world to create a landscape of still contemplation.  Laconic cool mixed up in an embalming heat, maybe those heady days of youth are just a state of mind ready to explore.

Wrap Your Troubles Up in Dreams is on show in Claire de Rouen / Exit Gallery until September and the book can be purchased at the shop.

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London’s Opening Ceremony

20.07.2012 | Blog , Fashion | BY:

Overly cool brand Opening Ceremony has garnered a cult status through its locations in cities like New York and Tokyo. Luckily for us, London is finally getting a piece of the action, thanks to the launch of label’s first UK shop yesterday. Set in Covent Garden, the 3,000-square-foot pop up store has been opened to coincide with the Olympic Games starting later this month and the company’s ten-year anniversary in September.

The brand has already collaborated with the likes of Chloë Sevigny and Rodarte, but to mark the London O.C. takeover, designers including adidas, Norma Kamali, Topshop, Band of Outsiders, Charles Anastase, Christopher Shannon, House of Holland, Pamela Love and Proenza Schouler have created exclusive capsule collections for the store.

Combined with a selection of rare books curated by the Claire de Rouen team and set in a neon-coloured, geometric shape-decorated landscape courtesy of Studio Toogood, it’s safe to say we have found ourselves a new retail paradise. Let the shopping games begin.

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Claire de Rouen: RIP

18.01.2012 | Blog , Culture , Thoughts | BY:

For fashion students, photography lovers and art fanatics, Claire de Rouen’s bookshop, hidden away above a sex shop on Charing Cross Road, was an oasis of rare prints, signed editions and fledgling publications. A larger than life character, with her striking ageless style and ever present alsation pug Otis, Claire’s passing last week after a prolonged illness is a loss to all who prize independence and personality and to those resisting the creeping tide of a homogeneous culture.

There was room for everyone in her shop, all were free to browse or buy, and on her shelves young talent jostled happily alongside huge names. Twin can only thank and pay our respects to a woman who strove to deliver the best and allow the young to flourish.

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