Has there ever been a better time to be a girl? We don’t think so. It’s International Women’s Day tomorrow and to celebrate we bring you a list of leading inspirational ladies who got to the top through guts, determination and a whole lot of hard work. Amen!
Emily Weiss – Blogger/Business Woman
You may not have heard of Emily Weiss, but we’re pretty sure you’ve heard of her unmissable beauty blogInto The Gloss. Dreamt up in 2010 when Weiss was assisting Vogue stylist Elissa Santisi, ITG scours the bathroom cabinets of models, actresses and generally awesome women to see what they really use. Weiss would famously rise at 4am to blog before work, and tapped models and stylists for info when on shoots. Her hard work paid off – the site now gets over 300,000 unique visits a month.
Mala Yousafzai – Campaigner
Pakistani schoolgirl Mala hit the headlines back in 2012 when she was attacked by the Taliban on her way to school. Targeted for campaigning for women’s rights to education, Mala survived the ordeal. Last month she was nominated a second time for the Nobel Peace Prize for her continued campaign work. Pretty impressive – when we were her age giving a talk in assembly was considered brave. Buy tickets to see Mala talk at The Southbank Centre’s Women of the World festival tomorrow.
Moko – Singer
We’re playing London-born singer Moko’s soulful debut Summon The Strength on repeat. Starting out as a gospel singer in her South London church, Moko made beats on a genuine 1997 MPC sampler in her spare time. As a result her knock-your-socks-off music has a distinctly ‘90s vibe. Also – amazing hair.
Donna Tartt – Novelist
Call us crazy, but we think a cuppa with US novelist Donna Tartt might be more exciting than sitting down to tea with Queen Bey. Mrs Tartt has been on our radar since we sped-read her first novel The Secret History – a murder mystery set in a privileged New England college. Her third novel The Goldfinchtook her ten years to write, and it was well worth the wait. Warning – this book will have you in floods.
Jourdan Dunn – Model
Topshop cover girl Jourdan likes to break rules and she’s a model with a voice. Along with BFF Cara Jourdan has one of the biggest social media profiles in the industry and she isn’t afraid to speak out. Whether questioning issues of race in fashion or why couture won’t fit her curves, she’s also famous for her amazing culinary skills. If you haven’t seen her cookery show Well Dunn on Jay Z’s video channel Life + Times, check it out now.
Bridget Christie – Comedian
Bridget shot to fame when she became the third female to win the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Award last year. Her shows Bridget Christie Minds the Gap, and A Bic for Her are a unique mix of side-splitting hilarity coupled with smart quips on how to succeed as a strong woman in a man’s world. Don’t miss her Soho gigs right here.
If anyone’s got some serious make-up tricks up their sleeve then it’s going to be Topshop beauty consultant Hannah Murray. With years of know-how in the beauty world, her make-up masterpieces have appeared in many a Fashion Week show (think Luella, Jaeger and our very own Topshop Unique), as well as campaigns for the likes of Alexander Wang and covers for British Vogue. With all this under her belt, we reckon we couldn’t have chosen a better person to keep us Topshop girls looking good in the face department.
Want to check out her skills? This week’s issue of Stylist magazine showcases Murray’s work with four vibrant make-up looks created using Topshop make-up products, naturally! From cobalt blue eyes to the so-now violet lip, this cool ‘n’ clashing make-up is just the job for bringing a little colour to our new-season style.
If you missed the magazine, don’t sweat it. You can check out all the make-up looks below or download the whole Stylist issue on your tablet or smartphone.
Gone are the days of popping out for milk in your onesie. This season grocery shopping went high fashion as Karl Lagerfeld transformed the Grand Palais into a full-blown supermarket for his Chanel show. Cara Delevingne and co strutted down aisles stocked with Chanel-themed food like haute Ketchup and eau de Chanel, before joining Joan Smalls for fun-times in a trolley – or what looked like the most stylish episode of Supermarket Sweep, ever.
2. KENDALL JENNER’S MODEL MOMENTS
Kendall Jenner took Fashion Month by storm! As well as a catwalk stint in New York and hanging out with Anna Wintour at Topshop Unique, the 18-year old jetted off to Paris to walk for Givenchy AND Chanel – two of the biggest cheeses at PFW. It’s safe to say she’ll no longer be known as just ‘Kim Kardashian’s little sister.’
3. ROCK ‘N’ ROLL AT SAINT LAURENT
Hedi Slimane’s AW14 collection looked to the mods of ’60s Carnaby Street, with shift dresses, swing coats and knee-high boots making it the grooviest show of the lot. The crowd was equally rock ‘n’ roll, with rocker lads Alex Turner and Miles Kane turning up in matching leather trousers, before sneaking backstage to see fellow Northerner and Topshop campaign model Sam Rollinson.
4. ANNA DELLO RUSSO’S OUTFITS
Everywhere we looked at PFW, there was Anna dello Russo rocking another incredible outfit on the FROW, (we’re talking AT LEAST three outfit changes a day). She wowed crowds with a fabulous tribal look at Celine and was never without her show-stopping accessories, including an oversized pink trilby that would give Pharrell’s hat a run for its money!
Missed all the goss from London Fashion Week? Read up on the shows right here on InsideOut.
Off to prom this year and looking for the perfect outfit? Well you’re in luck. We’re playing the Prom Fairy Godmother and giving you the chance to have your dream dress made bespoke by Topshop! All you need to do is share your ultimate dress with us via a Pinterest mood board, and over the next few weeks we’ll be judging your entries with a little help from Miss Vogue Editor, Emily Sheffield. With years of experience in the fashion industry and Deputy Editor of the style bible that is British Vogue itself, Emily has just the eye to choose the most fabulous frock. Read on as she tells us what makes a winning mood board, plus tips on where to find inspiration for your dress.
Last year’s UK winner Saskia, with her prom-perfect dress.
What are you looking for from the winning dress design?
A sense of identity and style and an awareness of current trends. Most of all, fun and femininity.
Where’s a good place to get creative inspiration?
Old films, books and magazines you love and have inspired you, plus look at vintage fashion and cross reference with new trends. There may be art and cultural movements you have studied or interiors where the fabrics inspire you too. Inspiration is everywhere! Don’t just look at the internet.
What would have been your dream prom dress as a student?
Black and gothic, ripped, shredded and a bit like a Meadham Kirchoff dress. In reality, however, I never wore prom dresses, mine were tight and short and very punky. I was obsessed with the Grease films, especially where Sandy wears the super tight black disco pants!
Who would be your ultimate prom king and queen?
Danny and Sandy from Grease.
When did you realise you wanted to get into the fashion industry?
I was in newspapers as a journalist for ten years and then a job came up at Harper’s Bazaar then Vogue, so I sort of fell into it. I’ve always loved journalism first and foremost. Fashion has always been a passion; I had pages of Vogue ripped and pasted all over my bedroom walls since I was five, and obsessively tried to follow trends as a teen by making my own dresses and outfits at school on the sewing machines.
What advice would you give to girls who wanted to get into fashion?
Work hard, be inspired, be confident and then more hard work. Set your goals high, find good mentors and go for it. Also, an awful lot of very talented people I know in fashion went to Central Saint Martins… I wish I had. And don’t be afraid to start your own business.
Who is the Miss Vogue girl?
Any young girl who loves fashion and is interested in the world and what other girls are up to.
What made 2013 the right time to launch Miss Vogue in the UK?
I think there is so much fashion available to everyone now – an incredible high street, great vintage stores and fashion is much more available to all on the internet, so we wanted to reach out to these incredibly savvy teens and hopefully provide them with a fun magazine to further inspire their fashion choices.
What makes a great Miss Vogue cover star like Cara Delevingne?
Personal style, a big friendly personality and a sense of fun. We don’t think anyone should take themselves too seriously, being young should be a time of adventure and exploration. Try everything and anything (as long as it is safe for your health and well-being of course).
Instant style tips, mood boards, competitions, stunning Vogue archive imagery, celebrity gossip and Miss Vogue’s team, reporting direct to our readers with lots of opportunities for interaction. Tumblr also launches next week on Monday. Search for Miss Vogue UK for all our social media channels. We look forward to meeting you all online!
At Topshop we think just like stylish goodies, Fashion Week shouldn’t just be reserved for the mag editors and fashion-loving celebs. That’s why this season we opened up the mezzanine of our Tate Modern show space to the public and live streamed the action to five lucky winners at our flagship store. But this wasn’t just any old live stream – we teamed up with tech guru Inition to allow our winners to watch the show in virtual reality!
Intion is a small, cutting-edge company based in London’s Shoreditch, who use their incredible tech savvy to create experiences like no other. Among the many cool projects they’ve dreamed up is a virtual game that allows people to ‘fly’ through mountains and cities, as well as shooting the first ever 3D footage in the wild for the BBC. We caught up with the Inition boys in the aftermath of Fashion Week for a virtualchat (naturally!) about the show.
How was it partnering up with Topshop?
It was great! It was a tough project but there was a great sense of adventure as we were creating something that no-one had done before. In many ways Topshop are ideal Inition client: they have great content, and were willing to take the risk to do something ground-breaking and paradigm shifting.
Were you happy with the reaction?
The coverage actually surpassed our expectations. The reaction of participants instore was brilliant and the crowds forming outside the Topshop store was remarkable to see. The public reaction to the piece was great and the technology community has been overwhelming – it’s raised the bar for future use of technology at Fashion Week.
Do you think fashion and technology make a good match?
There are some very clear overlaps. Wearable technology such as Google glasses and Apple’s planned iWatch are some obvious examples. When technology becomes invisible and seamlessly integrated into our clothing, that’s when things like wearable displays really take off.
How does London inspire your work?
Every time we leave the office and wander around, there is a new installation, street artwork, exhibition or just an unusual sight that can spark the imagination. Places like the Barbican, Tate, ICA have amazing events programmes that bring together creatives from all over the world. Here in Shoreditch there is a constant feeling of change that keeps things fresh.
What’s the future for Inition?
We’re very excited about virtual reality hitting the mainstream. Virtual reality is the ultimate interface to the digital world, with the ability to take you anywhere, any time, any place. We can build fantastical imaginary worlds or put you in remote places that make you feel like you are actually there. The possibilities are almost overwhelming as they are endless. If you can imagine it, then someone will be able to build it!
We also wanted to hear from the girls who experienced our virtual reality show first-hand. Hayley, Maria, Natasha, Sarah and Joanne were the five lucky fans who won a seat on the virtual front row, by sharing their London Fashion Week style through Instagram and Twitter. We spoke to three of the girls over Popchips and Zico water to see how they found it.
Hi girls! One word to sum up your virtual reality experience?
Hayley: I’d say surreal too.
What were the most exciting bits?
Hayley: Trying to explain the experience is so hard because it felt so real! You would turn and see the people next to you and the people in front. I could even make out Kate Moss and Kendall Jenner sitting a few seats away from me in the front row! It honestly felt like you were really there.
What did you think of the custom made headsets?
Natasha: They were really cool – I felt like I was in Tron!
Joanne: As soon as the show started I completely forget they were on my head because I was so into the experience.
Any favourite looks from the show?
Natasha: The grey knee-high suede boots that Charlotte Wiggins wore.
Joanne: My favourite was the long fur gilet and grey jumper with a crisp white shirt underneath.
Best celebrities at the show?
Hayley: I adore Kendall Jenner, and was so excited to know she was there. My favourite blogger Danielle Bernstein was there too and I’m such a massive fan of hers and was so excited to know I was there watching it ‘with’ her.
Do you think more people should get to come to Fashion Week?
Natasha: Tickets are hard to come by, but Fashion Week is becoming more and more democratised. I know some people think this is a bad thing, but fashion should be available to all – and developments like the virtual reality mean that more people will get the chance to get that front row feeling.
Missed the show? Watch it on demand and read all our LFW show reports on the blog.