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Designer Post: Viridis

Robin MelansonToday's post is brought to you by Robin Melanson, designer of the lovely belted cardigan you see below. Robin is no stranger at Twist, involved in production assistance, writing, and designing so many lovely garments. You can also find this post on Robin's blog.

 

 

 

Viridis full view

 

Viridescence is the tendency to become green. I love obscure words. I’m hoping to see some viridescence soon – getting a bit tired of the grey and brown left over from winter around here. I can’t even be reasonably sure winter is gone, as 13 centimeters of snow fell last Friday (luckily it did not stay). So green is my favourite colour right now, in a sort of hopefulness that things will start to grow again, and quickly.

 

Viridis from the back


Viridis is my new pattern in the spring issue of Twist Collective, a wrap front cardigan with reversible panels of undulating waveform ribs and leaf-like structures. I also wrote an article for the issue, The Error of Our Ways, which you should totally read even if you are the kind of person who never ever makes a mistake. Ahem.

 

Viridis front detail

 

The stitch motif on the cardigan is vaguely reminiscent of the leaves and tendrils of the morning glory, a flowering climbing vine which used to take over my garden (when I had one) and which I will plant in containers on my balcony this year. The sweater is knit in Miss Babs Tierno which is a beautifully draping blend of Alpaca and silk in a DK weight. The colour is My Kelley, a gorgeous vibrant green. When I used to take oil painting classes, viridian green was one of my favourite pigments, and one I didn’t get to use very often because I usually used muddier, browner greens for the landscapes I most often painted.

 

Viridis fresh off the needles

 

Here is Viridis fresh off the needles, and the search for a button, which in my mind is the Most Fun Part. This is a mere fraction of the buttons in my collection. I LOVE buttons. Note that the stitch pattern is reversible (and different on both sides) so that when it turns back you get an equally pretty view.

 

looking for the right button

Quick Dispatch: Socks and Café au Lait

A Paris café is a delightful spot for a wee shoot, oui?

sock shot

 

Kate and Aimee practice synchronized shooting.

 

more socks

Twist Style Friday: Eliza

Every Friday we feature one of the garments from the magazine in a post about styling. We suggest different ways to wear the garment in question using mock-ups from Polyvore. We encourage readers to tell us what they think about these outfits via our Facebook page or Twitter, and if folks want to make their own outfits, please tweet them at us with the hashtag #twiststyle. You can find all of the Style Friday posts here.


 


Last night I went out to a play (RENT at the Lower Ossington Theatre) and I didn't wear a jacket. Not even my hilarious shortie denim jacket. Spring is officially here!!! Have you taken a nice slow flip through our newest issue? There is a whole lot of gorgeous in there. I'm super excited to play with these clothes over the next few months!


These days I'm trying to remember how to dress for warmer weather, and thinking about being fancy. I have three weddings and a b'nei mitzvah in the next six weeks, so outfit planning is taking up all my brainspace. What I should be thinking about is packing; I'm moving in two weeks!! I'm not leaving town, just moving to a new neighborhood, and a real pretty new apartment. There's no closet in the (loft!!!) bedroom, so it looks like my clothes will just have to be on display. Good thing my things are awesome.

 

Want to see something else that's awesome? Meet Eliza, my new best friend.

 

Front detail

 

Slightly sheer lace, vintagey shape, and a gorgeous neckline? Yes please.

 

Eliza

 

The above outfit (plus the name Eliza...) reminded me a little of Audrey Hepburn. This top is the perfect thing to wear with ankle length, black cigarette pants and ballet flats. You could also let the 50s-ish shape inspire you to wear it in a more Betty Draper sort of way (like the outfit on the left, below).

three outfits with Eliza

Spring is the perfect time for some of my favorite fashion tropes: florals and layering! I know some of you are going to hate the below outfit on the left; if the idea of wearing a sweater underneath a dress makes you itchy or angry, think about it with the sweater on top instead. That's how I had originally styled it, but when I swapped them, just to see, I couldn't resist this look! Things that are sheer across the shoulder have been trendy for a while now, and I think this is a sweet interpretation of that sort of look.

Two layered floral outfits

How would you wear Eliza?

Quick Dispatch: Paris Outtake

We hope you think our newest issue was worth the wait. We had a great time putting it together. Paris wasn't too bad either.

 

Shooting in Paris

Twist Style Friday: TRIPLE Feature: Uji, Burrard, and Fitting

Every Friday we feature one of the garments from the magazine in a post about styling. We suggest different ways to wear the garment in question using mock-ups from Polyvore. We encourage readers to tell us what they think about these outfits via our Facebook page or Twitter, and if folks want to make their own outfits, please tweet them at us with the hashtag #twiststyle. You can find all of the Style Friday posts here.


 


Happy Friday everyone! This is our last style post before the next issue launches- it's a mega-post! Three lovely garments! You should be really excited. I won't even be mad if you are more excited about the knowledge that our Spring launch is imminent than the outfits I'm about to show you.

 

These garments are amazing. You might already know that I love this jacket- like squishy wearable waffles.

 

Uji

 

Yum. This next one too, is a little bit blankety, but with a trimmer silhouette and just a smidge of a shawl collar.

 

Burrard

 

Now let's talk collars. Drapey, elegant, shoulder-grazing collars.

 

Fitting

 

This week is all about texture.


I have to retract my proclamation that winter is over since my last post. This is hard for me; I am extremely stubborn. Today I was walking around the trendy Roncesvalles neighborhood in west Toronto, keeping my eyes peeled for "for rent" signs (looking for apartments in this town is a crummy task, fyi), and pellets of ice were raining down on me. There is snow on the ground, and there may be more tomorrow. April is a cruel mistress. I came home and stubbornly ate ice cream while listening to the radio, and I haven't quite stopped shivering. I feel better just looking at these scrumptious sweaters.


Let's start with Fitting. I went with unadulterated girly on this one. You could also wear this more casually, with jeans or whatever. I think this sweater does the same thing to an outfit as a blazer does- makes you look fancier and more put-together- but without the masculine edge of a blazer. It's so pretty. Those textured columns are so lovely.

Fitting outfits

Next up, the lovely Burrard. In the middle outfit, I definitely went full on hot librarian. You can also toss this darling over a summer dress when the evening is chilly, or add a softer, nerdier element to a harder-edged outfit, like the one on the left. It's fun to dress as all the parts of yourself at once. At this very moment, I am wearing my boyfriend's plaid shirt and sparkly nail polish. So there's that.

Burrard outfits

Uji was really fun to style because the coat is a pretty major element, and although it is visually stunning with all that honeycomb texture, those pockets, and the generous collar, I felt as though it was my responsibility to provide a counterpoint to all that beige. Patent and studs and prints and acid brights!

Uji Outfits

I would love to know how you would wear Uji, Burrard, and Fitting. And I can't wait to start playing with our spring garments!!!!

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