While Twenty8Twelve might not be showing on the runway this fashion month, we’re sure to see looks from the British label’s latest collection on the streets. Co-creative directors (and sisters) Savannah and Sienna Miller have turned out another stellar season for their celebrated line, which is favored by a laundry list of celebrities, bloggers, and editors for its modern approach to retro fashion. To ring in the debut of the brand’s AW11 offerings, Savannah took some time out to give us the scoop on “The Burnettes and Burlinson” collection’s inspiration, her and her sister’s favorite pieces, and the two high-fashion designers with whom she’d love to design a capsule collection.
How was the label started? Were you and Sienna always into fashion? From day one, Sienna was writing plays, and I was creating her costumes. She’s my other half, and creating a line seemed like the most logical next step to take. When we were approached by Spanish entrepreneur Carlos Ortega to turn that dream in to a reality, it felt like a logical and organic step to take. Twenty8Twelve was born, and the rest is history. Our emphasis is on quality, cut and finishing – beautifully finished denim, luxurious knitwear, perfectly cut dresses, casual pieces and coats. The vision and essence for the label lies in old time tailoring techniques. We create sophisticated garments with a vintage feel but contemporary vibe, with a strong directional design.
What inspired the AW11 collection? This fall, we tried not to get to weighed down by theme. Instead, we tried to create the ultimate winter wardrobe – the perfect coat, the perfect trousers, the perfect dress, etc. We let our themes lead us for color. I stumbled across an old Italia Vogue shoot that was done at our boarding school, Heathfield. The girls had been styled as boys in a ’90s rockabilly tribute. It was beautiful and very inspiring. I remember the casting director wandering around the school, picking the strangest looking girls and all the pretty girls complaining because they wanted to be in the photo shoot. We all thought the hair and make up and styling was really weird, but looking back on it now I see how directional and visionary they were. These pictures totally led our delivery. We paid tribute to the restraint of school uniform and the magic of rebellious schoolgirls somehow managing to break the confines and make it their own.
Who do you like to see wearing Twenty8Twelve? We once held a competition where the winner received tickets to our runway show, and the winner ended up being a blogger who wrote such a thoughtful, genuine entry about the show. You could tell how much she loved the experience and really appreciated the clothing. We love to see passionate people like this wearing Twenty8Twelve.
What designers are on your collaboration wish list? I think it would have to be someone off the wall. We collaborate with a new artist every season and it always adds a really interesting dimension to the range. I would love to collaborate with someone like Anna Sui or Moschino to create a really insane knitwear capsule one day.