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Inspiration behind Twenty8Twelve's AW 2013 Collection

August 19 2013, 15:20

Twenty8Twelve AW13 Mood Video from AREA10: on Vimeo.

The 1940’s provides the inspirational back drop for Twenty8Twelve’s Autumn Winter 2013 collection.

Andre Zucca’s propaganda photography of occupied Paris in the 1940’s and his use of vivid Agfa colour film informs a palette of navy, bright blues, camel and saturated red. The inhabitants of the Paris Zucca portrayed, the war time directive to ‘make do and mend’ and chore garments of the age are explored to produce a series of styles which combine contrasting fabrics, textures and colours. Double-faced bi-coloured wool mimics a faded lapel on a casual jacket, trimmed with a multi-coloured nepped collar. Key knitwear pieces are assembled from boiled wool, mesh knit and silk.Dresses and shirts feature angular graphic panelled stripes in multi direction to exaggerate the angular 1940’s sleeve seam. The new silhouette to emerge from the era is dissected; deployed on garments by overlaying contrasting coloured panels of ultra stretch ceramica and slub boucle, giving the illusion of an exaggerated small waist and rounded hip.

The period saw the emergence of the Zazou’s, a subculture who adopted a garish personal style in an expression of resistance and nonconformity. This reference to rebellious youth is at the heart of all twenty8twelve collections. Considered decadent and subversive the Zazous borrowed from the American zoot style, this is reinterpreted in the collection producing an oversized and long line jacket in oxblood spot boucle with tonal fur lapel, a playful dress in the same fabric which fastens in the style of a zoot jacket with chrome domed snaps sits along side this. A Zazou skirt in crisp silk is attached to a fine gauge oversized sweater, one that has the slouchyness of a teenager borrowing from her boyfriend. Check fabrics are key to the story, combined with silk grosgrain they appear on a swing style dress, a neatly cut tailored shirt, and a reversible Harrington jacket in a mod revivalist style. Double-faced sweat-shirting is tailored to form the new silhouette without the underpinnings in reference to the less structured American sportswear, this sits alongside narrow cut tie-dye leather pants.

Elsewhere super-soft pink melange wool flannel is cut into a 40’s military style uniform, with a shrunken fit jacket, exaggerated wide leg pleated pants, and multi layered trench coat. A WW2 quilted coat is recreated in cropped proportion in butter soft leather, with the internal detail applied in satin to the sleeves of a utility knit. This feminine palette of chalky greys and dirty pink in mannish looks is disturbed with the use of a vibrant pop teal, and magenta in styles more reminiscent of the glamour associated with the 1940’s, which include a dramatic cocoon coat in teal mohair wool, and a bonded pique tuxedo jacket cut with pronounced hip recalling Norman Parkinson’s iconic fashion images.

Category: fashion art film    Author Elsa Elphick

Twenty8Twelve Walks the Par Excellence Line

November 05 2012, 17:39

Twenty8Twelve turned heads and tails on the catwalk at London Fashion Weekend. Their new Autumn/Winter 2012 collection, reflects a chic flirtation of the Sixties.  Just hours before the show starts, the collection is hung in lines of demure wonder. The models are transported back to times of freedom, peace and love. Hair is set to beehive styles and combed to accompaniment. The bustle of wild excitement hangs.  The audience arrive and eagerly wait. Time is playful and sweet. The music begins, escalating the mood to a magnetic siren of awe. Feet, legs, hands in long draping pockets, move in alluring speed. Feminine frills and immaculate collar lines combine to dazzle. Matching twinsets, making the audience blush with pleasure. Embracing Autumn’s colder evenings and darker nights.  Twenty8Twelve’s quintessentially English knit, is set to warm the hearts all this winter. Emerald greens and pencil skirts for every occasion. Twist and brush past…

Photography taken by Daisy Walker.



Category: fashion press confrere    Author Greta Bellamacina

AlunaGeorge for Twenty8Twelve Unheard

October 15 2012, 12:11

Pairs, AlunaGeorge dressed in Twenty8Twelve:
Have you heard of the duo Aluna Francis and George Reid? Commonly known by the name AlunaGeorge, they are uniquely combined and blended- rotating in smoky lyrics and cocktailed with young realism.  Together they are a buzzing twist of RnB beats and electronic layering.  Their new EP will officially be released on the 7th of October  ‘you know you like it’.  This is bound to raise your spirits and get you onto the dance floor, falling for their undoubtedly catchable hooks.  Dressed in Twenty8Twelve new Autumn/Winter trench coats Aluna and George represent the perfect London charm - of street cool and effortlessly chic. AlunaGeorge will be touring the UK until the end of the year - watch out for this pair of pairs.    

Pictures courtesy of Jacob Perlmutter

Category: fashion music confrere    Author Greta Bellamacina

Minds Black and White

July 26 2012, 12:10

Minds Black and White from Twenty8Twelve on Vimeo.

“An expression of words reeling the fantasy of poetry. An innocent portrayal of two parts, playing with unknowing pretences and positions.  A progression of intimacy, where the mood reflects a collision that is only ‘accidental when realised’, illustrated when their hands touch.  And the reality creeps into their playful state, withdrawing them back to the social norm of silence”. – Chloe Primrose Pemberton. 

“Interludes between two minds, black and white, passing between notes in moments of chance.” – Greta Bellamacina 

Directed By: Chloe Primrose Pemberton
Featuring: Greta Bellamacina
Make-up Artist: Karen Beadle
Assistant cinema photographer: Eve Mahoney

Category: fashion art film confrere    Author Greta Bellamacina and Chloe Primrose Pemberton

Underground Sensation of Soho

July 23 2012, 10:37

A Poetic Review
by Greta Bellamacina (photos by Jacob Perlmutter)

The slanting streets of Soho disappear in and out of diffused light.  A reality of the night, dampened into the electrifying mystery of the day.  Sunken back streets play a fable to a time of blasting mayhem.  Milk & Honey a windowless secret, serving pink ladies to interlacing strangers. The taste transcends sweet elegance and a comforting getaway from the cascading roads of central London. Masked in a coloured chameleon dress from Twenty8Twelve, casts a wild underground sensation from a quite corner of Soho. 

A passing in Soho
An endless void,
For pink ladies, double. Flowerless.
A number, no door.
To cross worlds of broken silences,
Infatuation vaporised. In these vacant times,
Time to turn inwards.
To see how those intervals crazed thee.
In dwellings of,
Homeless spirit. 


Category: fashion art confrere    Author Greta Bellamacina

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