Mariella Agapiou

Introducing Otho

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Here at NOA, new brands are our bread and butter. Recently we stumbled across Otho, a womenswear label that launched this year. It was their chic silhouettes and minimalistic aesthetic we were drawn to. So, to find out more, we got in touch. This is what we found out…

As a new brand, what did Otho set out to achieve?

Otho set out to create gender neutral clothing that aims to remain versatile while providing a way of dressing that can be translated into a number of looks that fit easily into every day.

You state that you are inspired by traditional menswear. How do you translate this into contemporary womenswear?

The inspiration behind menswear comes from taking traditional elements such as clean-cut lines and straightforward silhouettes and twisting that into making garments that a woman wants to wear.

Is there an Otho design signature?

For our first season we took inspiration from photos of kids and teens during the 1930′s in America and found that we wanted to express the kind of uniform dressing that was so prevalent during that time. It was a style that came before marketed trends became such a heavy influence for the way people dressed – compared to nowadays. As far as a brand signature, as we continue making clothes we would like to keep in touch with that idea. We will always like to work with oversize, boxy shapes in some form.

In a over-saturated market, what makes Otho stand out?

We want Otho to represent an aesthetic that transcends trends by offering timeless pieces that are indispensable regardless of season.

Tell us a little about the key pieces from the AW14 collection?

My favourite is the jumpsuit with the low back and spaghetti strap. It has a loose baggy fit but remains feminine and wearable. It looks great on its own or styled with a t-shirt underneath.

What can we expect from Otho in the future?

Hopefully in the future there will be some exciting collaborations with creative, like-minded people who hold the same vision.

othoclothing.co.uk

Otho Notes On Allure

Otho Notes On Allure

Otho Notes On Allure

Otho Notes On Allure

Stavros Agapiou

Ruby White

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

As a young film maker it’s always great when you meet someone who inspires you to create and collaborate. This year I was lucky enough to find myself working with the talented singer/songwriter Ruby White.

After getting to know Ruby and finding out what she’s about, we started on the music video for her song titled Coming Down. Instantly drawn to the music, voice and lyrics, I wanted to showcase the vulnerability that’s imprinted in the song and give a glimpse of the artist who is Ruby White.

Shot at Leak Street and at friends pad in East London, from night to sunrise, we called in favours from some of our favourite fashion brands and created a video that was oh so simple yet effective, creating a chic, minimal visual aesthetic to accompany the song.

soundcloud.com/rubywhiteisme

Ruby White Coming Down

Ruby White Coming Down

Ruby White Coming Down

Director: ST.AG
Photographer: Niko Mitrunen
Make-up & Hair: Grace Sinnott
Clothes: Blake LDNMoxhamV Jewellery & ASOS.

Mariella Agapiou

Kate Boy Headline London Show

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Festivals are, of course, a great excuse to party, but they also happen to be a fantastic place to discover new music. With a lack of festivals in our summer diaries, we’ve taken to the internet for a search party and stumbled upon the likes of Kate Boy. This unique twist on electro-pop has been hitting the festival circuit hard in Europe and now the band are making their way to England to play at Secret Garden Party. However, if you fancy seeing them live in a more intimate affair, the Stockholm based band will be headlining at The Lexington on July 24th.

Get tickets to the Headline London Show at gigsandtours.com

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Mariella Agapiou

Espadrilles On The Mind

Friday, June 6, 2014

Right now I’m sunning myself in a picturesque Mykanos Villa (#SorryNotSorry), wishing I had packed more appropriately. Slides for the pool, check. Heels for the hen-party bar crawl, check. Flatforms for lunch at a restaurant with a view, check. But there’s one style of summer shoe that I can’t get out of my head. One that would be perfect for exploring this stunning Greek island. What am I going on about I hear you ask, well espadrilles of course. As much as I shy away from any form of flat shoe, the summer is the only time I deem them acceptable. For me anyway, I won’t judge you if you prefer to be comfy. And this season I have seen more espadrilles than norm; more have taken my fancy and found themselves on my wish list. So before you make the same mistake I did, pack these beauties in your suitcase.

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Prism Cracked-leather espadrilles, £150, matchesfashion.com

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Manebi Dakota Calf Hair Espadrilles, £85, net-a-porter.com

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Metallic Espadrille Slip On, £85.00, whistles.co.uk

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Lace-Up Espadrilles, £45, stories.com

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Stella McCartney Mesh Espadrilles, £187.94, farfetch.com

 

Mariella Agapiou

World Cup Couture

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The last time I felt the need to watch a football match, when I’m not being forced to watch Chelsea play that is, was about four years ago. Which is when the last World Cup was, funny that! I remember sitting in a Brooklyn bar around 11am to watch England play the US, and secretly cheered for England – I was the only British person in there!

But yes, with the 2014 World Cup around the corner Yoox.com, the online retailer, decided to bring together 10 designers from 10 different countries to create a capsule collection of unisex goods, all inspired by their native land. Here we pick out our favourites.

Shop the collection at yoox.com 

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Barbara Casasola, £68, Brazil

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Damir Doma, £68, Germany

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AMI, £68, France

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MGSM, £68, Italy

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Opening Ceremony, £94, USA

 

Stavros Agapiou

Tear The House Up – Hervé x Zebra Katz

Monday, June 2, 2014

Zebra Katz really pulled it out the bag with this new tune of his and the video is pretty dope too. Directed by Ghost+Cow [Brandon LaGanke x John Carlucci], it’s half music video and half fashion film, which is why each look has been credited and probably why we love it so. Not heard it? Watch the video below…

Tear The House Up - Hervé x Zebra Katz

LOOK 1
Walter van Beirendonck clothes and shoes
Levi’s shirt at waist
LOOK 2
Xander Zhou coat
Jaime Lee jacket
Ports 1961
David Andersen leggings
BLK Demin
Dr. Martens boots
Bande des Quatres rings
LOOK 2
KTZ clothing
Nike x Hood by Air boots
Brute jewelry
LOOK 3
Sir New York clothing
Adrienne Landau scarf
David Andersen leggings
Walter van Beirendonck shoes
Elisabeth Weinstock boxing gloves
Bande des Quatres jewelry
LOOK 4
Walter van Beirendonck jacket + shorts
Stephen Jones x Walter van Beirendonck hat
David Andersen leggings
Ambush
Dr. Martens boots
Bande des Quatres necklace on hat
Brute nose bridge jewelry
LOOK 5
Mark McNairy New Amsterdam coat
Y-3 pants
Brute ear cuff and ring
P1nk Noise rings
LOOK 6
Ashish clothing
Dr. Martens boots
Mariella Agapiou

Natasha Khan For YMC

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Here’s another collaboration for you guys. This time Natasha Khan, aka Bat For Lashes, comes together with YMC to create a range of contemporary sportswear and accessories. The exclusive capsule collection includes printed t-shirts, caps and trainers and is brought together in a short film directed by Natasha herself and produced by Neil Krug (who also shot the campaign images). The soundtrack is by Beck, who she worked with in California.

Natasha states that ‘it all came from a very light, playful place – starting with my romantic cut outs of a couple loving and living in the mountains, by palm trees, by the sea… I enjoyed the whimsical process of creating illustrations with the cut out method, sitting at a table listening to music, letting my drawings and cuts lead the way. Then choosing the colours from photographs I had taken of sunsets on my touring travels.’ Mix this with a ‘trashy, playful, US motel aesthetic’ and you’ll get the idea…

youmustcreate.com

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Mariella Agapiou

Larke x Darkroom

Friday, May 23, 2014

Darkroom London have teamed up with Larke Optics for a brand new eye-catching collaboration that brings together Larke’s handcrafted approach and fastidious finishing with Darkroom’s singularly bold and graphic aesthetic. Utilising a strict monochrome palette and inspired by Darkroom’s love of furniture and architectural design, the range cleverly mimics the look of marble, terrazzo, mosaic and resin, harnessing two signature Larke shapes: Veda, a bold circular frame, and Gill, a thick-rimmed frame with a distinctive keyhole shape.

The Larke x Darkroom eyewear collaboration is part of a specially designed window installation now on display at the Darkroom store, 52 Lamb’s Conduit Street, London. Costing £295, the frames can be purchased in store or at darkroomlondon.com or larkeoptics.com but get in line people, we’re first!

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Mariella Agapiou

KENZO – Dawn In Luxor

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Kenzo has collaborated with Los Angeles filmmaker Kahlil Joseph, to produce Dawn In Luxor. The short film is a celebration of California and all its varying experiences; the city can be both soft and hard, relaxed and intense as well as sophisticated and casual. Josephs plays on these paradoxes to create a stream of different visuals to illustrate them: a man ordering fish in a Jamaican restaurant, the regal beauty of a woman overlooking the sea, a beautiful boy paying homage to a beached dolphin.

The Kenzo SS14 collection is inspired by the different experiences one can have in California, especially taken from Carol Lim & Humberto Leon’s teenage years. Shop the collection at kenzo.com 

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Music by Shabazz Palaces

Cinematography by Jason McCormick

Art direction by Partel Oliva

Styled by Mobolaji Dawodu & Annabelle Baldero Lacuna

Produced by Onye Anyanwu & Alejandro De Leon

Produced by Pulse Films and What Matters Most

Mariella Agapiou

Twin Magazine X Out Today

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

We’ve been very busy bees over at Twin HQ, preparing for what is our special tenth edition and finally, it’s in the shops. It’s packed with beautiful fashion editorials from photographers and Twin favourites Boo George, Nick Dorey, Ben Weller and Scott Trindle. Discover interviews with the likes of Coco Young, Woman’s Hour the band, graphic designer Sheila Levrant De Bretteville and Langley Fox, the great-granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway.

You’ll also love our retrospective, 10 Women, that looks back over the last five years of Twin, remembering the movers and shakers that have helped shaped this fabulous publication (totally not biased). Oh and my favourite feature has to be Shake Your Pom Poms, Danielle Levitt’s look at the Arizonian dance group who are all over 58.

To celebrate the issue, we invited some of our favourite designers and bloggers to Lock Studios on Monday to get a copy before it released. Below you’ll find Charlie May, Maddy Moxham, Beanie Mayor and Marina Guergova along with Becky Smith the Creative Director of Twin.

Twin X is not to be missed. You can buy online from twinfactory.co.uk

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 Image by Joe Quigg

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