“London is a place where you need days to just wander around and look at everything,” Olivier Theyskens tells Style.com. “Since I don’t have that time, I put the emphasis on my friends and see all of them first.” What better way, then, to see everyone than to throw a party—in this case, one of the most frenzied fêtes from all of London fashion week.
When the designer finally made it through the doors at the Sanderson Hotel last night, the crowd, including Kristen McMenamy, Erin O’Connor, and Irina Lazareanu, reached new levels of hysteria. But Theyskens wasn’t the only heavyweight star of the night; the event’s co-host was Twin, the biannual magazine that launched its latest issue this week, which is really more book than magazine. “Twin approached us and we really liked their concept and felt like we had a shared aesthetic. Really, the Twin and Theory girl are the same—a cool girl who can create her own looks by combining her everyday wardrobe with some key fashion pieces.” As an added bonus: “It weighs a ton—a good workout,” said the designer.
Something in the water over at British Vogue? While features editor Aimee Farrell’s been hard at work launching the new biannual Twin, the mag’s art director, Jaime Perlman, has been putting together TEST, a side project of her own. “It’s an online portfolio that showcases the combined talents of a myriad of creatives, rather than just one photographer or makeup artist,” Perlman explains. “It’s a more holistic approach.” In practice, it’s an online journal combining traditional fashion editorials—shot by the likes of KT Auleta, Catherine Servel, and Wendy Bevan—with a strong video element. Fittingly, the project’s debut was the video installation Perlman collaborated on with Richard Nicoll for his Spring show in London, of Nicoll-clad nymphs (including, sadly, the late Daul Kim, pictured) frolicking in the forest. Projects are in the works with Poppy de Villeneuve, Mark Jacobson, and Willem Jaspert, but even with TEST growing, Perlman’s keeping her day job, too. “I have the best of both worlds,” she says. “The projects I’m working on are proving very complementary to each other.”