After six years as co-creative directors of the label, it was hard to imagine Twenty8Tweleve without the Miller sisters.  But the line by Vanessa James and Elsa Elphick, two members of their original design team, retained the brands philosophy of what women want to wear and ensured the Twenty8Twelve girl was as cool as ever.

An atmospheric film entitled ‘fff’, presented a collection with casual separates, baby doll frocks, cute cable knit jumpers, and a laid back aesthetic.  Drawing inspiration from the ‘60s modish androgen and a bitter- sweet girl, the show led with a quote from Love on the Left Bank by Ed van der Elsken, “For months and months I was with (her) all the time… She very much likes to have a shadow”.  As it had done in the past; references to film, culture, masculinity and femininity embrace the British Twenty8Twelve personality.

Whilst it may be under a new name, Twenty8Twelve London remains true to its roots. Inspiration is drawn from Sixties tailoring with sharp jackets and wide-cut trousers, all reminiscent of the brands fall 2011 ‘Made in England’ collection. A psychedelic feel was given to the presentation which played with blues, florals, pastels and an irresistible petal-pink.  Ultra-wearable babydoll dresses had an air of nostalgia while the effortless leather pleated skirt is set to be a key trend.  Slim fitting trousers inspired by men’s wear are mixed with shorts, cute knits and an eye popping pink dress. Variety is the very spice of life and this brand has it in abundance.  This collection ultimately has its roots in casualness – designer can be daunting but the Twenty8Twelve girl remains accessible and real.

Ensembles were finished off with thick black tights, colour block heels, black leather gloves and printed head wraps. Hair and make-up was soft and effortlessly cool, accompanied by only a few simple accessories.  The Twenty8Tweleve team fashioned a simple pony-tail which is set to be an understated trend for the upcoming season.

 

The brand’s managing director Nish Soneji said, “Sienna and Savannah will forever be a part of Twenty8Twelve’s history and we wish them all the best.” Now making their first steps without the Miller sisters, the Twenty8Twelve girl lives on.

Hannah Wilkinson.

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