Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen of The Row and Elizabeth & James, and Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte – seems like the sister act in fashion is a lethal combo and Sienna and Savannah Miller of Twenty8Twelve are no exception. “Savannah made Sienna’s first fancy dress costume at the age of eight, their respective obsessions were acted out from day one with Savannah knitting on pencils while Sienna wrote plays at every spare opportunity” and without them even knowing Twenty8Twelve (Sienna’s birthday) by s.miller was born.
Growing up, Savannah, who graduated from fashion school Central St Martins and gained experience working for Alexander McQueen, always had a willing participant to fit her designs on and they found that their ideas and approach to work were on the same page. When approached by Spanish entrepreneur, Carlos Ortega, they seized the chance to turn their dream in to a reality – Twenty8Twelve was born.
The sisters named their Spring/Summer 2011 collection Jericho, inspired by Joni Mitchell’s album Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter. Their road tripping muse is completely at home in the collection’s bibbed denim shirts, flounced cheesecake skirts, a fringed suede dress, and a canary yellow lace shift. Savannah actually sourced the paisley print that was cut into a poolside-bound halter dress at a vintage store in Colorado.I think we really crossed borders,” said a chipper Sienna backstage at the Spring/Summer show, “There’s something for the working girl, the casual girl, the festival girl, the London girl.”
Twenty8Twelve has been growing at a steady pace – they recently opened their third boutique in London and the growth has spilled over into their work. The Fall 2011 collection, my favorite so far, didn’t have much of a theme other than a Parisian flair with a touch of beatnik chic. Instead, Miller described the collection best as a “perfect capsule winter wardrobe.”
Top Rows, First Row Twenty8Twelve Spring/Summer 2011, Second Row Twenty8Twelve Fall 2011.
Bottom rows counter clockwise from top left corner: Twenty8Twelve Halstead Paisley Cut Out Dress $215.00 www.revolveclothing.com, Twenty8Twelve Brandon Leather Collar Jean Jacket $255.00 www.nordstroms.com,Twenty 8 Twelve Dress With Vest $499.00 www.shopbop.com, Twenty 8 Twelve Bonita Shorts $295.00 0n sale $236.00 www.couture.zappos.com.