Posted on September 18, 2014
Have you checked out our Central Saint Martin’s for Freedom jewellery line? Designed by star CSM student Evie Armstrong-Clarke, the 18-piece collection is inspired by the London skyline, offering abstract Perspex shapes threaded onto chain necklaces and geometric pieces stacked on fine rings.
Like what you see? We’re giving away six pieces from the collection to one lucky winner! Simply look out for our daily competition tweet and retweet for the chance to win. But don’t wait around – you’ve got ’til Thursday 25th September to enter.
Read the competition T&Cs here and shop Central Saint Martin’s for Freedom here.
Posted on September 17, 2014
WHO: Legend of British fashion, Ashish! The king of sequins and shock-factor slogans was back for another season at the Topshop Showspace.
THE FRONT ROW: EVE! The ‘Who’s that Girl’ rapper arrived just in time, causing a selfie marathon backstage after the show. Also sitting front row was sequin-clad singers Ella Eyre, Chloe Howl and Kyla la Grange.
COLLECTION IN 5 WORDS: Sequins, python, tinsel, Miley, bling.
INSPIRED BY: Ashish paid homage to celebs like Miley and Kim Kardashian. “I became obsessed with all their fan art”, he explained after the show. “I’d love to see Kim wearing one of the designs.” Stylist Anna Trevelyan also looked to the rich and famous: “She’s this rich girl, rolling into the bar with jewels falling off of her. But even though she’s rich, she’s really cool and everybody loves her.”
WHAT WE LOVED: The denim jackets finished with sequin python prints, the pink fluffy wedges (coming to Topshop in February!) and the rhinestone-embellished trackies. Oh and the hot male models, obvs.
HERO PIECE: The entire Miley Cyrus-inspired look: a sequined cartoon of her face adorning a grey sweat, worn with boyfriend jeans embellished with bananas and ciggies. Not even a tiny bit understated.
HAIR & BEAUTY: Sharon Dowsett at CLM called her make-up creation “showgirl without the drag.” Translation? Eyes painstakingly decorated with lines of multi-coloured gemstones. Hair stylist Ali Pirzadeh ironed the hair poker-straight before finishing with glitter dreadlocks and thrown-on tinsel for the boys.
WHAT THE SHOW NOTES SAID: Nothing! Ashish’s collection doesn’t need show notes: it speaks for itself.
WHAT THE EDITORS SAID:
@susiebubble: “It’s all about python skin denim at Ashish. #LFW.”
@ElleUK: “Wowza, gingham never looked so good! Check out the Ashish s/s 2015 catwalk.”
Photos: Jason Lloyd-Evans. Words: Holly Swayne.
Posted on September 17, 2014
Lulu Kennedy’s pet project Fashion East is kind of a big deal. It’s basically THE show to go to if you’re at London Fashion Week. From a slogan-toting Henry Holland to a colour-blocking Roskanda Illinic, Fashion East has been the breeding ground of some of the most exciting new designers out there and Topshop have been a long time sponsor of the initiative.
With Net-a-Porter founder Natalie Massnet and fashion critic du jour Alex Fury say front row there was no question this show was a biggie. Last season it was an all girl affair, but with Ashley Williams taking on her own unique presentation area with NEWGEN sponsorship, Ed Marler joined Louise Alsop and Helen Lawrence as the trio of choice. Here’s our quick rundown…
Buttermilk yellows and pastel pinks took over Helen Lawrence’s collection of graphic separates. From faux-plastic armour-style tops to pleated dusty skirts, Helen was inspired by subversive images and other-worldly visuals to create cell-like edges to her line. The key piece? A striking necklace-cum-vest made of circular bone pieces and threaded onto chain. The models were fresh faced with dewy skin and a slick of vanilla paint through their hair.
We were back to the ‘90s with Lou Alsop’s line of bodycon minidresses, strap-tastic shifts and fraying galore. The designer who’s best known for lots of layering and oversized shapes decided to keep with a little layering but head into spring with super light fabrics of organza and cotton. Accessories were also a key element with kooky Baby G watches and white Van trainers as the final touches.
“It was inspired by a troop of Vampires,” said Ed Marler who cast alternative models to sport his collection covered in embellishment, ornate buttons and religious iconography. There was no stopping the overt decorations with lace-up jeans, tapestry jackets and high camp headwear.
Posted on September 16, 2014
Hello Caroline! We caught up with the British Fashion Council’s ever-inspiring chief executive Caroline Rush in the café at our Topshop showspace to chat NEWGEN and how the BFC supports new talent. Since joining BFC in 2009, Caroline is widely credited with making the British fashion industry a major global force and London, a can’t-miss city during fashion month.
At the heart of the BFC is nurturing British design talent through schemes like NEWGEN. What does it mean to you?
When you talk about NEWGEN people immediately think the very best of the world’s best emerging talent. They’re always super hot tickets during fashion week and everyone waits to see because the designers that are part of NEWGEN make such a leap each season. They’re in the early stages of their brand building and they just go from strength to strength.
And Marques’Almeida has had an incredible rise over the past few seasons…
Every show that Marques’Almeida has done has been incredible and it’s brilliant to see the editors wearing it on the front row. It makes me very proud in general because the designers put their heart and soul into it.
What do you think of the Marques’Almeida collaboration with Topshop coming up in October?
When the new designers get the opportunity to work with Topshop, it’s really an opportunity for them to understand how big business works as their brand gets bigger. It’s also great exposure and the fashion fans of Topshop are introduced to this incredible talent, which is such an amazing thing.
Fashion East was also in the Topshop Space today, which is another incredible platform for new talent…
Fashion East really gives designers that platform when they’re just breaking through or they’re trying something completely different. It starts the whole camaraderie of designers working together and developing their businesses.
A difficult question but what’s been the highlight of LFW for you this season?
The brilliant thing this season has been listening to the international press talking about the talent that we have here in London and how it’s just going from strength to strength. It doesn’t matter if it’s emerging talent or established designers, they’re all pulling it out of the bag.
Long gone are the days where LFW was the fashion week to miss…
London used to be thought of just about new talent but now we have this brilliant balance between influential designers such as Christopher Kane and Erdem and powerhouses like Burberry and Topshop Unique.
What’s in store for next season’s LFW?
Not telling! You’ll have to wait and see!
Posted on September 16, 2014
WHO: The wild and wonderful Ryan Lo.
WHAT: His SS15 presentation that will be stocked at the creme dela creme of internet retailers, Net-a-Porter.
WHERE: Snuggled up near the Topshop café at our Showspace in King’s Cross.
THE GUESTS: Who wasn’t there? Lots of newspaper and magazine types including Vogue’s Fran Burns, the Independent’s Alex Fury and Dazed’s editor Tim Noakes. As well as a bunch of fab fashion girls whose street style we adore incluing Purple Fashion’s Paula Goldstein, Nell Kalonji and Vogue’s Naomi Smart. (Many of whom were reeling after last night’s crazy AnOther Magazine party.)
COLLECTION IN 5 WORDS: Glitter mermaids get Abba-fied.
INSPIRED BY: “Mamma Via, Muriel’s wedding, mermaids, South Pacific and a little bit of Miss Saigon!” declared Ryan Lo as he got his blond locks pulled into a bun at the Topshop Showspace’s Beauty Pitstop.
WHAT WE LOVED: The tropical vibes that felt very, very NOW. Not only was the collection all shells and fabulous ocean-inspired fabrications but the set design was superlative. Dream team Masha Mei and Tessa Yop worked together on the set design which was all flamingos, palm trees and blow-up Shamu. Cute, eh?
HERO PIECE: A pastel pink woollen mini dresses threaded with glitter that stylist Charlotte Stockdale paired with a delicate lace overlay.
HAIR & BEAUTY: Ryan’s direction was all about the glitter, “I saw a picture of Sky Ferreria on Instagram that was covered glitter and I thought it was perfect!” Mathais van Hooff using MAC made the look into reality with a face covered in shimmer and Chiwong looked to Sophie in Mamma Mia for soft Grecian-style hair dos with loose buns and side partings.
WHAT THE SHOW NOTES SAID: There were no show notes! It was totes eco-friendly.
WHAT THE EDITORS SAID: @ELLEUK Frills, glitter, lace, tassels – the RyanLo girl has it all!