Here at Topshop HQ, we love getting inspired by fashion exhibitions, especially one’s that let us see a designer’s catwalk pieces up close and personal. From October-February, NYC’s Brooklyn museum are doing just that – exhibiting the work of French couture god Jean Paul Gaultier. Showing hundreds of designs spanning his 40-year career to date, we couldn’t resist popping across the pond to take a look.
Known for mixing things up with his avant-garde designs, JPG is the ultimate fashion rebel. He learnt the ropes from traditional Parisian couturier Pierre Cardin, but on setting up his own label, rejected his training in favour of a style inspired by the subversive London street scene. His underwear as outerwear rose to fame in the ’80s, when he reinvented Victorian corsets with racy silhouettes for the modern women.
The Brooklyn exhibition is home to some of Gaultier’s most famous corsets (our favourite being ‘that’ cone bra worn by Madonna on her Blonde Ambition tour), alongside a host of other haute couture and prêt-à-porter designs, photographs and films. From beautifully intricate gowns to edgy punk ensembles, we fell in love with the beautiful craftsmanship of every piece. And if you’re visiting yourself, be prepared for Gaultier’s typically unusual take on mannequins. As you wander through the exhibition you’ll see them coming to life – blinking, smiling and even speaking in French… Freaky! So if you’re lucky enough to be in NY then make sure you head over to this must-see exhibition.
Manchester girl Findlay has come a long way since playing small-time gigs in her hometown. Over the last year, the 22-year-old earned her rock ‘n’ roll stripes by joining the likes of Miles Kane and Jake Bugg on tour and performing in front of Mick Jagger at L’Wren Scott’s uber-glamorous Serpentine Ball. All this and she hasn’t even released her album yet – this girl is going places.
So when we heard she’d be playing just down the road from our Oxford flagship at the 100 Club, us Topshop girls had to check her out for ourselves. Rocking an all-in-one tribal print jumpsuit and killer boots, Findlay got us dancing with her brand of swaggering indie pop, blending rocky riffs with in-your-face lyrics.
The video for her new single ‘Greasy Love’ is equally attitude-filled. Watch as Findlay prowls around East London bathed in a sinister red light, complete with creepy on-screen illustrations that only add to the eeriness of her vocals.
Home to wow-worthy scenery, an unrivaled roster of DJs and some of the biggest clubs in the world, Ibiza is theholiday spot to party. The ‘pleasure island’ draws in thousands of clubbers every year, most likely arriving with 24-hour stamina and leaving with almighty sunburn. But the current 18-30 lot aren’t the only ones that have been drawn here. The island has long been a haven for free spirited types, from the bohemian Spaniards who occupied the island in the early days, to hemp wearing hippies and wealthy yacht owners who travelled there in the ‘70s.
But never has Ibiza been more vibrant and magical than during its ‘80s heyday, when the island opened the mega clubs that really put it on the map. People travelled far and wide for poolside mayhem at outdoor venue Ku, partied into the early hours at Amnesia and danced to everything from Kate Bush to Beethoven at Pacha – the boutiquediscotheque that went on to become a global super-brand.
In 1987 DJs like Danny Rampling and Paul Oakenfold made their first trip to the island, becoming entranced by the clubs’ Balearic beats. They were so inspired that on their return to London they launched iconic club nights Shoom and Spectrum and went a long way to creating the dance music industry as we now know it today.
Most of us were probably still in our nappies when all this was going down, but we can now get a taster of the experience at a new exhibition at the ICA. Ibiza: Moments In Love creates a picture of Ibiza as it was in the ‘80s through a collection of club posters, books and original photographs.
Visit to see hundreds of club posters by freehand illustrator Yves Uro, or check out photographs of the clubbers dressed to impress by British photographer Derek Ridgers. You can also see images and objects collected by Armin Heinemann, owner of the island’s famed fashion boutique Paula’s Ibiza. Each of these works of art have rarely been exhibited before – so don’t miss out!
Whether you’re hosting a low key friendsgiving or packing your bags to cook a yummy dinner with mummy, for us Topshop girls, Thanksgiving is all about having fun. For us it’s all about getting our hands on mouthwatering pumpkin recipes, slip into our cute and cosy gingerbreadknits and having some proper chill time. For the holiday we’ve dig up and hunted down the cutest DIY craft decorations, cooking tricks and Topshopstyle deals to wow your guests and family for this time of the year!
Admit it, you just can’t stop dancing when you hear Friendly Fires’ Hurting! Well, we can’t. And if there’s a band we’ve always held a real soft spot for over the late noughties its been these guys. The trio from St Albans burst onto the scene with their indie-shoegaze-catchy tunes and shortly nominated for a Mercury Prize. Two album down the line – the latter Pala which got to number 6 in the charts – and yet another Mercury Prize shortlist, there’s undoubtedly longevity in their rad sound. This weekend they’re taking their talents to the decks at XOYO’s bumper night at the Coronet theatre (tickets here!) where house and disco reign. In the meantime we chatted with their trusty drummer Jack Savidge about beats, Barry White and fancy suits.
How would you describe your sound?
When I DJ I play more or less anything with a sturdy 4/4 kick under it. Disco, house and techno in many different shapes and sizes.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given and who gave it to you?
‘Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot, but make it hot by striking’- I think my dad told me that- he’s full of all sorts of old timey hokum.
Tell us what’s in your wardrobe and describe your style.
I just moved house so I don’t have a wardrobe, just a rather bowed rail and a staggering amount of boxes. My style is um… sports casual with a side order of hard leisure.
What’s the most flamboyant piece of clothing you own?
A Gieves and Hawkes suit very kindly donated by them for an awards ceremony we went to. Hoping for that big court case to come up so I can give it another airing.
Do you dress differently on stage? If so how does your onstage style differ to the everyday?
Broadly presentable I guess. Being a drummer I produce several pints of perspiration per minute so that’s a lot of mid-tone colours out the window, and man-made fibres can be very rough on the nipples when they get wet.
What does 2014 have in store for Friendly Fires?
We’re just working on lots of new music right now. Hopefully it will begin to trickle out at some point in 2014.
Tell us about the first single you bought and when you bought it. What do you think that says about you?
I think it was Prince and The NPG ‘Get Wild’ and Rednex ‘Old Pop In An Oak’ from Our Price in Welwyn Garden City, so that’s fairly cool to complete sh*t in one shopping trip. I think what it says about me is that I was 9.
If you could record a track with one person dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Barry White and his Love Unlimited Orchestra would be quite something. Just a great combination of personality, great songs and beautiful, near spiritual arrangement.
What’s been the highlight of your career thus far and why?
The excitement you feel when you finish a song you know is very special is unbelievable. Especially at the end of long studio sessions that test your mental fortitude.
Tell us about the best gig you’ve ever played and what made it amazing…
Probably Glastonbury 2012- sun shining, 40,000 people packed up to the rail and seeing all the flags waving. It was like stepping into the videos of Glastonbury I recorded and re-watched endlessly during my teens.
You’re playing XOYO Loves…what are London crowds like compared to other cities? What is your favourite city to play in?
London crowds have a reputation for being kind of stand-offish, but that’s not been the case in my experience. Certainly never at XOYO. Mexico City’s always crazy for us, it always feels a bit Beatlemania out there. Such a wonderful place too, I could move there in a second.