TWIN MAG X TOPSHOP: CELESTINE COONEY

Posted on November 28, 2012

All fan-girl hype considered we were thrilled to team up with the tome for an exclusive shoot starring young, beautiful and talented women donned in Topshop Unique styled to playful perfection by their Fashion Director Celestine Cooney. We also got hot and heavy on the dance floor with the magazine and partnered with them once more for a killer Halloween party in Manhattan.

All fan-girl hype considered we were thrilled to team up with the tome for an exclusive shoot starring young, beautiful and talented women donned in Topshop Unique styled to playful perfection by their Fashion Director Celestine Cooney. We also got hot and heavy on the dance floor with the magazine and partnered with them once more for a killer Halloween party in Manhattan.

To celebrate our collaboration, we thought what better way to feature Twin than with an interview with their much-loved Fashion Director Celestine. So we stole a quick five minutes and delved into a day in the life…

At Topshop HQ us girls are regular fashion magazine fanatics and love nothing more than a Friday spent browsing through our favourite glossy numbers. But there’s one mag we’ve been huge fans of since its beginnings, Twin. With it’s boundary-pushing fashion editorials, on-the-pulse art essays (Fran Gavin, you genius!) and uncompromising coverage of the burgeoning movers and shakers in cool culture, it’s pure joy from cover to cover.

How did you get your role at TWIN?

I had decided I wanted to set up my own magazine, I had started gathering my team, visiting printing houses to get quotes and see paper stocks when I got a call from Becky [Smith, Editor in Chief] about meeting up. We got on straight away, I thought she was a really cool, smart girl and the idea behind Twin felt like it was really my kinda thing. So, I joined them as their Fashion Director and channeled everything into Twin instead.

What does your day to day involve?

Everyday is different but it can be divided into 3 kinds of days I think.
1. Working from home: prepping, calling in looks, making moodboards, drinking tea, sending emails, writing my blog, reading other people’s blogs and finding lots of pictures on the web! I have so many folders of images on my desktop that they make everything run really slowly but I’m obsessed with collecting images.
2. Shooting: This could be anywhere in the world either on set in a studio or on location. Also it can be editorial for magazines or campaigns and commercial work for clients.
3. Shows: Shows are sort of different. I work with Simone Rocha so it involves going to Ireland for a collection preview and fittings and then the run up to the shows is all about casting and getting the right girls that embody Simone’s collection, hair and make up tests, organizing the show and music…

How did the Halloween party come about?

I had met with Kate [Phelan] to talk about doing a shoot with Topshop for Twin and I was saying how excited I was about Halloween; I was dressing as Joan of Arc and wearing armor and saying how much I loved Halloween in NYC, I’ve been there for Halloween the last couple of years and Kate mentioned that Topshop were thinking about a Halloween party in NYC and then we both thought… we should do a Topshop shoot with Twin and then a big fancy dress party together in NYC on Halloween!

How do you wear Topshop? 

I pair with some designer things. In the picture above I’m wearing it with a Balenciaga sleeveless shirt under a Simone Rocha lace tee,  Givenchy glitter sandals and Celine sunglasses and clutch.

What are your thoughts about Topshop Unique at the moment?

I really loved the last two collections, I think you can really see the new cleaner more modern design influence. I know your designer Emma Farrow and think she is incredibly talented. Unique seems to be less trend led now and has more of a feeling of carving out a whole fresh new character of an effortlessly cool ‘unique’ girl.

What is going to be your staple piece for AW12?

I have not stopped wearing the Unique AW12 runway velvet dungarees. They are the most comfortable thing in my wardrobe and the most popular item of clothing I’ve ever worn!

What are you listening to at the moment?

NTS radio; BBC 6 music; Radio 4; Mazzy Star – Fade into you; Beck – Lost Cause; Van Morisson – Astral weeks; Alt J.

What’s your idea of a perfect day?

Playing polo in the countryside all day with my sister Sallyanne and my best buddy Linda and then a massive dinner with lots of wine and whiskey. Then a big fire in a big hearth in a big house with all my mates and loads of dogs and a live music session!

Watch the super cute video Twin made for the Topshop and Twin magazine shoot below!

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