Since its creation in 2006, directional label twenty-seven names has inspired a cult-like following. With art and fashion degree backgrounds respectively, designers Rachel Easting and Anjali Stewart cite contemporary art as the basis for their collections. Their label is ever-migrating and can be found in stores across New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
twenty-seven names' winter 2012 collectiontake covercelebrates a history of counterculture. The colour palette is lifted from The Balcony by Edouard Manet, the 19th century artist whose disdain for the conventional transformed the art world. The washed-out pastels of impressionism are used to colour iconic symbols of the protest era. These colours and images are used in hand-printed silk, vintage detailing, burnt-out velvet, and lace. twenty-seven names has chosen to show the collection in a series of eight portraits in which one not-so-obliging wall flower takes liberties with tradition in a faux trompe-l'il fashion