Melissa Twigg

Melissa Twigg is an award-winning British journalist getting over a serious case of geographical commitment phobia. After 12 years of living in Paris, Cape Town and Hong Kong, she recently returned to London where she writes about art, travel, fashion, design and environmental issues in the cities she knows best.
Melissa Twigg
Melissa Twigg is an award-winning British journalist getting over a serious case of geographical commitment phobia. After 12 years of living in Paris, Cape Town and Hong Kong, she recently returned to London where she writes about art, travel, fashion, design and environmental issues in the cities she knows best.

Latest from Melissa Twigg

Why influencers like Kim Kardashian and Gigi Hadid can’t break China

Despite their celebrity status and huge Instagram following in the West, many influencers lack understanding of how Chinese social media works. That Kardashian and others post their Weibo content in English shows the problem.

5 May 2019 - 9:51AM

Despite their celebrity status and huge Instagram following in the West, many influencers lack understanding of how Chinese social media works. That Kardashian and others post their Weibo content in English shows the problem.

Why  influencers like Kim Kardashian and Gigi Hadid can’t break China
My friend Mary Quant, the London fashion designer who defined the swinging ’60s

Quant opened a boutique on London’s King’s Road in 1955, gave the miniskirt its name and dominated young women’s fashion in the ’60s. An exhibition of her work which runs until 2020 is a reminder of her place in fashion history.

7 Apr 2019 - 9:35PM

Quant opened a boutique on London’s King’s Road in 1955, gave the miniskirt its name and dominated young women’s fashion in the ’60s. An exhibition of her work which runs until 2020 is a reminder of her place in fashion history.

My friend Mary Quant, the London fashion designer who defined the swinging ’60s
Michelle Obama and Lupita Nyong’o in Maki Oh – has African fashion’s time finally come?

From Nigeria to Cape Town, African fashion designers are going out to the world and winning fans. Maki Oh, Lisa Folawiyo, Kenneth Ize, Thebe Magugu, Laduma Ngxokolo – these are some of the names fashion followers need to know.

4 Apr 2019 - 7:47PM

From Nigeria to Cape Town, African fashion designers are going out to the world and winning fans. Maki Oh, Lisa Folawiyo, Kenneth Ize, Thebe Magugu, Laduma Ngxokolo – these are some of the names fashion followers need to know.

Michelle Obama and Lupita Nyong’o in Maki Oh – has African fashion’s time finally come?
South Korean designer Rejina Pyo is one to watch at London Fashion Week

Since setting up her label in 2014, London-based designer Rejina Pyo has produced some of the most talked about items in the fashion industry.

19 Feb 2019 - 8:28PM

Since setting up her label in 2014, London-based designer Rejina Pyo has produced some of the most talked about items in the fashion industry.

South Korean designer Rejina Pyo is one to watch at London Fashion Week
4 of 2019’s hottest runway trends to check out right now

Think yellow, floral, checks and boho this spring and summer – and don’t forget bags

9 Jan 2019 - 10:02AM

Think yellow, floral, checks and boho this spring and summer – and don’t forget bags

4 of 2019’s hottest runway trends to check out right now
Why Rihanna, Rei Kawakubo and a psychotic assassin all love ‘very’ British designer Molly Goddard

Goddard’s designs have a real girlishness underlaid with rebelliousness. The designer talks about starting out, Brexit and the avoidance of perfection.

9 Dec 2018 - 6:24PM

Goddard’s designs have a real girlishness underlaid with rebelliousness. The designer talks about starting out, Brexit and the avoidance of perfection.

Why Rihanna, Rei Kawakubo and a psychotic assassin all love ‘very’ British designer Molly Goddard
Celebrities Kris Wu, Johnny Depp, David Beckham and Justin Timberlake show that diamonds are a man's best friend too
How sneakers became the heart and sole of today’s lifestyle

Mirroring social change, many top brands are producing luxury sneakers – think the Gucci Rhyton Logo, Fendi Rocko-Top Sock and Maison Margiela Thick-Sole Rib-Knit – that are fit for any and every occasion

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM

Mirroring social change, many top brands are producing luxury sneakers – think the Gucci Rhyton Logo, Fendi Rocko-Top Sock and Maison Margiela Thick-Sole Rib-Knit – that are fit for any and every occasion

How sneakers became the heart and sole of today’s lifestyle
Fashion activists: the models who confront, empower, promote diversity and raise awareness

Today’s model activists aren’t afraid to campaign on the catwalk and in social media, as they share their negative experiences, champion women’s rights, and battle the bigotry and oppression that exists inside and outside their industry

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Today’s model activists aren’t afraid to campaign on the catwalk and in social media, as they share their negative experiences, champion women’s rights, and battle the bigotry and oppression that exists inside and outside their industry

Fashion activists: the models who confront, empower, promote diversity and raise awareness
Why China led the ‘Great Retail Apocalypse of 2017’ and how fashion labels are reinventing themselves

This year has seen a halt in the growth of bricks-and-mortar fashion stores in China, leading to major strategy changes among the industry’s leaders. We look at how integrating online and offline services helps retailers grab market share

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

This year has seen a halt in the growth of bricks-and-mortar fashion stores in China, leading to major strategy changes among the industry’s leaders. We look at how integrating online and offline services helps retailers grab market share

Why China led the ‘Great Retail Apocalypse of 2017’ and how fashion labels are reinventing themselves
Lyon’s spectacular Festival of Lights gives nod to Hong Kong debut event

The annual event brings the French city’s magnificent architecture to dazzling life

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The annual event brings the French city’s magnificent architecture to dazzling life

Lyon’s spectacular Festival of Lights gives nod to Hong Kong debut event
How Paris Fashion Week has weathered online revolution so far and lured more fashion designers to put on shows

The City of Light remains the epicentre and spiritual heart of design, as Paris Fashion Week brought in top labels from around the world, some moving their shows from Milan and New York, and others showing for the first time

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The City of Light remains the epicentre and spiritual heart of design, as Paris Fashion Week brought in top labels from around the world, some moving their shows from Milan and New York, and others showing for the first time

How Paris Fashion Week has weathered online revolution so far and lured more fashion designers to put on shows
Anna Sui on why she has always felt like an outsider in the New York fashion scene

Ahead of her first-ever retrospective, at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum, the daughter of Chinese immigrants reveals why she chose to remain fiercely loyal to her boho-chic aesthetic

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Ahead of her first-ever retrospective, at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum, the daughter of Chinese immigrants reveals why she chose to remain fiercely loyal to her boho-chic aesthetic

Anna Sui on why she has always felt like an outsider in the New York fashion scene
Tory Burch talks women and ambition ahead of Hong Kong pop-up for her new label Tory Sport

Fashion designer’s new athleisure label to appear in Lee Gardens this summer, while her foundation’s Embrace Ambition campaign is pushing the message that women need to be loud and proud about their dreams

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Fashion designer’s new athleisure label to appear in Lee Gardens this summer, while her foundation’s Embrace Ambition campaign is pushing the message that women need to be loud and proud about their dreams

Tory Burch talks women and ambition ahead of Hong Kong pop-up for her new label Tory Sport
How Trump and Brexit could reshape Asian fashion

The fashion industry has flourished in a globalised world, but experts suggest Asian designers and manufacturers would be wise to shift focus from the West to regional consumers if US protectionist policies and Britain’s EU exit unravel traditional markets

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The fashion industry has flourished in a globalised world, but experts suggest Asian designers and manufacturers would be wise to shift focus from the West to regional consumers if US protectionist policies and Britain’s EU exit unravel traditional markets

How Trump and Brexit could reshape Asian fashion
Why the fashion industry still has so few women at the top, despite some recent high-profile appointments

The role of creative director at a fashion house is so all-consuming even some men struggle for work-life balance; for women, it’s harder still to balance such responsibility with family duties and face down sexist attitudes

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

The role of creative director at a fashion house is so all-consuming even some men struggle for work-life balance; for women, it’s harder still to balance such responsibility with family duties and face down sexist attitudes

Why the fashion industry still has so few women at the top, despite some recent high-profile appointments
The photographer who left China, went back to find herself, and had a painful awakening

Yan Wang Preston, who gave up a medical career when she married a Briton, thought creating an objective portrait of the Yangtze would restore her sense of identity. It didn’t, but spawned a project that won the 2017 Syngenta Photography Award

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Yan Wang Preston, who gave up a medical career when she married a Briton, thought creating an objective portrait of the Yangtze would restore her sense of identity. It didn’t, but spawned a project that won the 2017 Syngenta Photography Award

The photographer who left China, went back to find herself, and had a painful awakening
Will China’s love affair with British fashion survive Brexit?

British labels big and small are hoping to emulate the success of London-educated Chinese designers such as Masha Ma and Huishan Zhang, who have successfully conquered both markets

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

British labels big and small are hoping to emulate the success of London-educated Chinese designers such as Masha Ma and Huishan Zhang, who have successfully conquered both markets

Will China’s love affair with British fashion survive Brexit?
Three generations of Chinese artists who’ve made Paris home, and how they changed French art

Since the 1920s, artists from China have revelled in the cultural freedoms of the French capital, blending Western and Chinese aesthetics and giving expression to ideas that could never have flourished at home

6 Jan 2017 - 8:38PM

Since the 1920s, artists from China have revelled in the cultural freedoms of the French capital, blending Western and Chinese aesthetics and giving expression to ideas that could never have flourished at home

Three generations of Chinese artists who’ve made Paris home, and how they changed French art
Claridge’s London: it doesn’t get much more glamorous than this

From the Queen and the Churchills to Julia Roberts, the London hotel, located in posh Mayfair, is popular with royalty and celebrities alike. So what is it about this Mayfair hotel that attracts the creme de la creme of society?

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

From the Queen and the Churchills to Julia Roberts, the London hotel, located in posh Mayfair, is popular with royalty and celebrities alike. So what is it about this Mayfair hotel that attracts the creme de la creme of society?

Claridge’s London: it doesn’t get much more glamorous than this
Story of world’s first industrial-scale 3D printer is a story of sacrifice

In his quest to build the ultimate machine, Enrico Dini lost a lucrative job, his home, even his family, but the creator of the world’s first industrial 3D printer refuses to give up his dream of making the world a better place

2 Dec 2016 - 8:00PM

In his quest to build the ultimate machine, Enrico Dini lost a lucrative job, his home, even his family, but the creator of the world’s first industrial 3D printer refuses to give up his dream of making the world a better place

Story of world’s first industrial-scale 3D printer is a story of sacrifice
Can contemporary art help mend the relationship between China and Africa?

African artists are using their works to define their continent’s sometimes fraught relationship with China, a big investor, while Chinese collectors, like some in the West, are turning to African art, writes Melissa Twigg

13 Jul 2016 - 3:48PM

African artists are using their works to define their continent’s sometimes fraught relationship with China, a big investor, while Chinese collectors, like some in the West, are turning to African art, writes Melissa Twigg

Can contemporary art help mend the relationship between China and Africa?
Stark beauty: in photogenic Namibia, the landscape is king

Empty is the word most often used to describe a country the size of France with a population of two million, writes Melissa Twigg

28 Jun 2016 - 7:08PM

Empty is the word most often used to describe a country the size of France with a population of two million, writes Melissa Twigg

Stark beauty: in photogenic Namibia, the landscape is king
Feminist take on a Chinese classic for European audiences

Red Dragonfly Productions’ Diao Chan: The Rise of the Courtesan is about as British as a Chinese play can get, writes Melissa Twigg in London

28 Nov 2017 - 11:58AM

Red Dragonfly Productions’ Diao Chan: The Rise of the Courtesan is about as British as a Chinese play can get, writes Melissa Twigg in London

Feminist take on a Chinese classic for European audiences