THE HOROSCOPE TEES HAVE LANDED

Posted on July 29, 2014

Swear by your horoscope? Well now you can wear yours on your chest with our brand new star sign tees. Not only do they offer the perfect fit, each comes with an intricate illustration of the twelve signs of the zodiac – our crystal ball tells us you’ll love them! So who’s behind these one of a kind designs? We took some time out to chat with May van Millingen, the talented artist who illustrated them:

What was your starting point for the horoscope designs?

I looked at old tarot cards and researched zodiac imagery from the ’60s and ’70s, as I wanted to give the illustrations a psychedelic feel. I gathered together research, decided which elements to include in the final composition, then started sketching.

Can you sum up your aesthetic in three words?

Colourful. Observational. Diverse.

What’s your star sign?

I’m a cancer. I think I’m a fairly typical cancer – home loving, creative and imaginative.

What skills do you need to be an illustrator?

Passion. Ability. Patience.

Career highlight?

I’ve recently been working on an exciting project with Mario Testino. His work is incredibly iconic and influential, it was great to be commissioned for the job and wonderful to meet him.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given.

Work hard and be nice to people.

Do your illustrations inspire the way you dress?

I’m surrounded by a lot of colour on a daily basis through work, so I tend to wear a lot of black and navy. When I’m at my studio I have to also bear in mind that whatever I’m wearing may be covered in paint by the end of the day!

How would you describe your style?

Classic and minimal. My style icons are Jane Birkin, Chloe Sevigny and Sandy from Grease.

What do you think about the relation between fashion and art?

Art is hugely influential and important to the fashion industry. People are drawn to a piece of art, in a similar way they are drawn to a particular designer or piece of clothing. There’s a strong link between art and the creation of fashion. One example is Matisse. I went to see the exhibition recently at the Tate Modern. It’s interesting to see how his use of colour and form has influenced some of the new collections.

Keep up with May’s illustrations by following her on Instagram and shop the horoscope tees now

IT’S CARA!

Posted on July 28, 2014

Who better to star in our new AW campaign than everyone’s favourite supermodel, Cara Delevingne? Part of the Topshop family since her early modelling days, Cara’s already walked in our LFW shows, given us her best Harlem Shake and shown big love for the Kate Moss for Topshop collection. The new campaign was styled by our Creative Director Kate Phelan and shot by the incredible Alasdair McLellan, capturing Cara looking hotter than ever in sleek tuxedos, cool parkas and scene-stealing dresses.

Want to go behind the scenes? Watch the video to see Cara doing the worm, rocking out on the guitar and meeting her cuter-than-cute bunny rabbit Cecil for the very first time…

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PACKING? GET TIPS FROM AN EXPERT

Posted on July 25, 2014

It’s all about holidays at Topshop right now. From our summer-ready Hotshop designs to the best books to take away with you, we’re making sure you have everything for a scorching vacay! But what about the packing itself? We asked Serena Guen, Editor of travel bible Suitcase Magazine to share her tried-and-tested tips…

1.Go for the most lightweight suitcase you can find. Duffles are a good choice so you can fit in more shoes!

2. Always pack extra-large zip lock bags – they’re perfect for everything from liquids to wet bikinis

3. Bring a lightweight extra bag in case you go shopping while you’re away

4. Pack a mobile battery charger ­– there’s nothing worse than arriving in a foreign country without a phone

5. Be strategic and base your outfits around basics and staples, like a good pair of jeans and three different tops

Check out more packing tips, including the ultimate holiday wardrobe right here

OUR TOP HOLIDAY READS

Posted on July 23, 2014

Along with suncream, sarongs and that perfect poolside swimsuit, a good book is an essential part of your holiday packing. Whether you’re jetting off to the beach, exploring a new city or just chilling out at home, we’ve got the best reads to kick back and relax with.

1. THE PARTY VAYCAY: Animals, by Emma Jane Unsworth

Off on a party weekend away? Get in the mood for some serious mischief by reading Animals on the plane out. Described as ‘Withnail and I with girls’, this novel is a funny, prize-winning tale about two thirty-something women whose wild antics come under pressure when the responsibilities of adulthood set in. Be ready to LOL.

2. THE CITY BREAK: The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan

 

The sightseeing, local food and endless party options don’t leave much time for reading on a city break – so a book of short stories is just the ticket for reading on-the-go. The Opposite of Loneliness was penned by Marina Keegan while still a Yale student and is filled with engrossing, beautifully written stories that capture the hopes and fears of our generation.

3. THE BEACH HOLIDAY: The Wrong Knickers: A Decade Of Chaos by Bryony Gordon

Lazing around in scorching sun results in minimal brainpower, so we’re opting for something easy and fun. Enter this hilarious book by Telegraph columnist Bryony Gordon, an autobiographical account of the dating, dramas and disasters of her 20′s in London.

4. THE STAY-CAY: The Vacationers by Emma Straub

Stuck at home? Then you might as well read about a holiday! The Vacationers follows a Manhattan family on a two-week trip to the sun-drenched island of Mallorca. But despite the dream location, all does not go according to plan, as secrets come to light and childhood rivalries resurface. We were gripped!

5. THE COUNTRY RETREAT: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

This dark and mysterious novel set in 1600s Amsterdam makes the perfect story to get caught up in while you’re holed up in a country house. We got completely obsessed with the mysterious novel and not a page turn went without a gasp of breath. Did we mention it also features a cute bird called Peebo? Author Jessie Burton is pretty cool too, office temp turned writer is one serious career change!

Read any good books lately? Let us know by tweeting an 140 character review @topshop. 

GO BACK TO THE FUTURE

Posted on July 22, 2014

Marty McFly fans, your ultimate event has arrived. We’ve been long time fans of London’s ever cool Secret and Future cinema collective – we’ve done the mambo at Secret Cinema, swooned and gambled over Casablanca and boogied down at Saturday Night Fever – but this summer they’ve really gone above and beyond.

Tapping into the zeitgeist for all things nostalgic Back to the Future comes roaring into London for a truly immersive cinematic experience set to be their biggest live experience yet. The much-loved ‘80s flick will be brought to life at a very secret London location transformed into the town of Hill Valley and it’s imagined world. The beauty is all in the detail which promises to flash between the ‘50s, ‘80s and even present day where you’ll no doubt encounter timely versions of Doc, Marty and Biff.

Thoughts they were sold out? Worry not, they’ve just released even more dates from August 14th to 31st. What are you waiting for! Get them here.