TOP 5 FASHION TERMS OF 2014

Posted on December 18, 2014

Google has spoken! The results of the site’s Search Survey are here for 2014, revealing the most googled topics of the year. While Jennifer Lawrence was the most searched-for celeb and  Lorde’s red carpet dress got the web buzzing, we were most excited to see which trends you’re looking up.  Here’s the top 5 fashion terms of 2014…

1. ‘NORMCORE’

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Rooted in the ’90s, normcore re-surfaced in a big way for 2014.  All about dressing ‘normal’, it’s got everyone harking back to the early Friends days in easy jersey pieces, pale denim and trainers with everything!

Get the look with a white poloneck, Mom jeans and a ribbed beanie

2. ‘HEALTH GOTH’

No, this trend isn’t about Mortica Adams drinking green juice, but a cool mix of goth gear and sportswear. Think all-black everything and rips galore, given a modern spin with athletic fabrics and futuristic cuts.

Get the look with an oversized hoodie layered under a biker coat with black lipstick

3. ‘ATHLEISURE’

Athleisure has taken sportswear out of the gym. Fashion eds swapped heels for trainers at LFW, trackies were given a luxe makeover on the catwalk and Beyonce announced a sports-fashion line with us for next year.

Get the look with printed joggers, a varsity jacket and Superga trainers

4. ‘WEARABLES’

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Fashion meets tech! Wearables are changing the way we think about fashion, with clothing or accessories that provide a practical function too. Will we all be rocking Google Glass by next Christmas?

5. ‘CROP TOPS’

You all went crazy for crops this year! Whether they’re basic, off-the-shoulder or girly – they’re a Topshop fave any time of the year.

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TOP 5 ALTERNATIVE CHRISTMAS TRACKS

Posted on December 15, 2014

We all love a bit of WHAM and Mariah at this time of year, but how about changing up your Christmas track list? We enlisted the help of DJ and London cool girl Blonde Ambition to share her top five lesser-known Christmas tunes.

1. ’8 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS’ – DESTINY’S CHILD 

“I’ve loved this song ever since it came out back in 2001. My sister & I memorised the words and I’ve pretty much played it whilst dancing around our living room every Christmas morning since…much to my parents dismay!”

2. ‘WHITE WINTER HYMNAL’ – FLEET FOXES

“It’s such a jolly, happy, feel good song and I always enjoy playing this as a festive alternative at Christmas time, or while excitedly driving home to see my family…”

3. ‘ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS NEW YEAR’S DAY’ – HURTS 

“I like this cool festive alternative offering by Hurts, although I must say; I’m definitely not planning on rushing my Christmas to get to New Years Day, I’ll be savouring every last bit of it.”

4. ‘SOMEDAY AT CHRISTMAS’ – STEVIE WONDER

“It’s a nice thought to think of peace on Earth if only this were true. It’s a thought-provoking Christmas song and sang by a voice that I could listen to for ever and ever: the one and only Stevie Wonder.”

5. ‘GOODBYE ENGLAND COVERED IN SNOW’ – LAURA MARLING  

“This song is just so lovely and sang so perfectly…it always gets me excited about retreating to the English countryside to cosy up and spend my Christmas walking in the hills.”

Got you feeling festive? Check out how we’re celebrating Christmas at Topshop. 

POPPY DELEVINGNE’S BFA LOOK

Posted on December 8, 2014

Last Monday, the fashion elite descended on the London Coliseum for the annual British Fashion Awards (and we spent the evening glued to our Instagram, checking out the inevitably cool outfits from the comfort of the sofa). Alongside Model of the Year nominee Sam Rollinson and singer Jessie Ware, Brit babe and British Fashion Council member Poppy Delevingne flew the flag for UK style wearing a custom made embellished Topshop Unique dress from our SS15 collection – created and hand beaded by our in-house design team. Poppy teamed her look with smokey eyes, a kitty clutch (cute!) and simple black heels. Check out the pics below to see the process behind her amazing outfit.

After looking incredible on the red carpet, Poppy took to the stage to present baby sis Cara with the Model of the Year award – cue teary eyes all round as she said ‘I am proud to call you British Model of the Year, but to me, you are way more than that. You are the brightest star in my galaxy, and my beautiful little sister, and I love you.’ Adorable? We thought so.

Want to copy Poppy? Shop Topshop Unique here.

MEET AW15′S NEWGEN STARS!

Posted on December 8, 2014

Breaking news! AW15′s NEWGEN designers have been announced for AW15 and we’re over the moon to be supporting ten hot design talents at London Fashion Week. Not heard of NEWGEN? The Topshop-sponsored scheme was set up by the British Fashion Council to support fledging designers as they get their careers off the ground – think Christopher Kane, Erdem and Mary Katrantzou, who were all part of the NEWGEN family in their early careers.

For AW15 we’ll be sponsoring 1205, Ashley Williams, Marques’Almeida and Ryan Lo with catwalk shows, as well as presentations by Claire Barrow, Danielle Romeril, Faustine Steinmetz and Molly Goddard. In the Exhibition space, NEWGEN sponsorship has been awarded to Marta Jakubowski and Sadie Williams.

So make sure you’ve got these names on your radar – they’re changing the fashion world as we know it!

OH HEY, HOZIER

Posted on December 2, 2014

If you haven’t heard of Hozier yet, you’re about to: The Irish musician burst onto our radios earlier this year with his epic single (and equally intense video) Take Me To Church and has since been quietly becoming one of the biggest names of 2014. Tonight he plays the huge Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Earls Court alongside Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, kind of a big deal, no? We caught up with him to talk inspiration, famous fans and how he plans to keep focused on that runway…

How would you describe your sound?

I was raised with music all around me, there was always blues music playing in my house. Nina Simone, Tom Waits and Aretha Franklin were all big influences. It’s a Southern gothic sound, there’s an artist called Cold Specks who describes the sound as ‘Doom Soul’, I think that’s a really cool way of putting it.

What’s been the highlight of 2014 so far? 

Doing Jools Holland was a dream come true, I’d always wanted to do that. We played Saturday Night Live which was a big deal, Bill Hader and Kristen Wig were presenting.

You’ve recently been touring America, how did you find it?

I’ve been very lucky with very energetic, giving crowds and I try to keep the sound on stage as natural as possible. I spent a lot of time in the desert shooting my new video, From Eden. It was great, but we all went home filthy dirty and I did walk into a cactus at some stage – there were a lot of new experiences!

Are you looking forward to playing the Victoria’s Secret show? 

Yes! I’ve never played anything like it, it should be interesting. Admittedly I don’t know any of the Angels by name, I’m terrible with fashion. They’re going to be passing me by on the catwalk so I have to try and keep focused…

What’s been your most starstruck moment so far?

Some of the people you meet is so surreal. Colin Farrell came to a show in LA which was super cool, he was really, really nice. Taylor Swift has come to a show, and Adele. That was one of the biggest shocks, it’s one of the most rewarding feelings when people like that come to your shows because they’re the people that inspire you to do what you do.

Are there any artists you’re really excited about at the minute?

Yeah, I’m a big, big admirer of George The Poet, he’s so unique. Jack Garrett is one to watch too, he plays percussion and piano with a guitar around his neck and a loop pedal and he sings. Seeing him live is mind blowing.

Want more new music? See what happened when we caught up with Kiesza.

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