There’s really no one better than a native to guide us through Paris Fashion Week: the trends, the hangouts, even the chow between shows, they’re the mademoiselles in the know. Recently back from Bali and braving the cold for PFW, French blogger Adenorah has been oozing pared-down style for her stint at the shows – think tousled hair, big sunnies and a nod to the ’70s. But what’s in her Fashion Week survival kit? We chatted with Adenorah to find out how a real Parisian girl holds it together through the city’s biggest week of fashion.
What’s your key piece for Paris fashion Week ?
I love a one-colour outfit! Whether it’s bold, triple denim, fifty shades of grey or nude from head to toe. My must-have accessory is a fringed bag, without a doubt.
What shows are you looking forward to?
I would never miss Louis Vuitton’s catwalk, especially since the new creative director Nicolas Ghesquière jumped on board. He’s always inspiring!
Where do you hang out between two shows, any secret hot spots?
You’ll see me dining at the rooftop restaurant Le Perchoir or chilling out at Le Fantôme bar – it’s good for people watching there!
What do you listen to on your way to the shows?
Little Dragon totally gets me in the mood for the very long week ahead.
How do you keep your blood sugar levels while running from one show to another?
Maltesers! I could eat tons of them…
Shop Adenorah’s edit, here.
We never stop talking about all things women at Topshop and what better day than International Women’s Day to really shout about some of our favourite new faces and the events you can get involved with.
THE GAME CHANGER
Race car driver Susie Wolff
Susie Wolff is smashing glass ceilings like a boss. Car racing has always been a male-only space but little by little Wolff has been changing attitudes and showing the guys how it’s done. The first female since 1992 to take part in a race weekend at Silverstone, for 2015 Wolff will continue her domination and drive for Team Williams during practice at the British and Spanish Grand Prix.
THE EMERGING ACTIVIST
Presenter Gemma Cairney
We’ve been smitten with presenter Gemma Cairney’s fashion and music chat since listening to her early show on BBC Radio 1. This year she’s taking on a new project, a video investigation focussed around young girls titled, “What it’s Like to be Girl RIGHT NOW,” in which she chats with teens from across the country about everything from bullying to sexism. Don’t miss the screening and surrounding talks at WOW festival, here.
Birth of the Pill by Jonathan Eig
History never sounded so good. Swap your rom com for a little non-fiction and get stuck into the story of one of the most important moments in women’s rights. Author Jonathan Eig takes you from the exhilarating days in Greenwich Village to the trail tests in Puerto Rico, the book is an all-consuming ride about a revolutionary period in time.
THE THINGS TO DO
Bridget Christie at Women of the World Festival, Southbank London
Our favourite stand up who just so happens to be a raving feminist, Bridget Christie, joins comedy titans Caitlin Moran and Shazia Mira to talk about women in the laughing biz at the Southbank centre. Do whatever you can to get a golden ticket!
Women’s Day Walk, London’s City Hall
Join some of feminism’s mighty fan girls Jane Garvey, Laura Bates and Gemma Arteton for a march along London’s Southbank in aid of Women’s Day. Just rock up in something purple and green – suffragette’s colours, duh! – to show your support.
To celebrate, use the code WOMENSDAY and get free shipping on us!
Need an excuse to drag yourself away from your latest TV show binge? World Book Day is the perfect excuse to swap the box for a book. To make the transition even easier we’ve picked out 5 books for every type of reader (and even non-reader!)
FOR THE DREAMERS
Villa America by Liza Klaussman
Liza’s gorgeous debut Tigers in Red Weather had us dreaming of a glamorous ‘50s summer full of garden parties and murder mystery. If that’s anything to go by, we’re sure Villa America, set in amongst a very artistic set in the French Riviera, will be just as morish. Add a pool and a great swimsuit to get seriously into the spirit.
FOR THE LOVERS
The Sunlit Night by Rebecca Dinerstein
Start swooning. This might just be our book of 2015. Two young people cross paths in the middle of nowhere – literally, on a tiny island in the north Norwegian sea – after leaving their chaotic Manhattan lives and find themselves falling for each other under the never-setting sun. We devoured it in three days flat.
FOR THE THRILL SEEKERS
Weightless by Sarah Bannan
We’ve been huge fans of high school fiction since our teenage years but here’s a novel based in high school that’s more Buffy than Sweet Valley High. No, there are no vampires, but the novel set in Alabama plays out a modern mystery that mixes up the dark side of social media with today’s youth culture. Un-put-down-able.
FOR THE NON-READERS
My New Roots by Sarah Britton
Okay, so fiction ain’t your thing, but perhaps food is? A good cookbook has the power to win over anyone. Enter Sarah Britton, the coolest foodie we know whose mouth-watering blog is a regular on our bookmark and her debut books due to hit shelves in a few short weeks. From fragrant courgette and coconut soup to chai upside-down plum cake – your stomach will be very happy with this tome. YUM. Pre-order it, here.
The final leg of fashion month is underway. But before we say Bonjour to the bright lights of Paris, here’s what we learnt from Milan this season…
1. NEXT SEASON IS ALL ABOUT THE SUIT
But we’re not talking straight up modern, mannish tailoring. The suits of AW15 are retro inspired and strictly for the girls. From Annie Hall-esque slouchy styles in a Wes Anderson inspired colour palette at Gucci, to wide-lapelled, double-breasted pastel perfection at Prada. Bellissimo!
2. IT’S A FAMILY AFFAIR
The mini-me’s of the fashion world weren’t just sitting front row this season – they hit the catwalk for Dolce & Gabbana too. The Viva La Mamma collection was dedicated to celebrating (you guessed it) all things motherhood. There were adorable matching outfits, a mum-to-be and Spice Girls ‘Mama’ as the soundtrack. Too. Cute.
3. LONG LIVE THE CLASSICS
The major Milan fashion houses are big fans of sticking to their roots. Pucci and Missoni pulled our their statement prints, Armani kept it sleek and pared back, and Cavalli’s animal print covered everything from cuffs and collars to full length coats. Well, if it ain’t broke…
Photo: Silvia Olsen/ Rex
4. THE STREET STYLE IS SUPER FANCY
During fashion week the Milan streets were a sea of super slick hats, heels and mini bags. Flares paired with pointed courts – never trainers! – tailoring was very serious and everything colour-matched with polished perfection.
Want more from fashion week? See what happened behind-the-scenes at the Topshop Unique AW15 show.
Posted on February 26, 2015
Taylor Swift, Kanye West and Karlie Kloss were there, and so were we. Here’s four of the best things that happened…
Photo: Brian Rasic/REX
1. CARA KILLED IT ON THE RED CARPET
There’s nothing better than a red carpet moment, and Topshop campaign girl Cara Delevingne worked her slouchy-sleek tailoring and a skinny scarf to perfection, while Daisy Lowe and Taylor Swift went for floor-length Hollywood glamour gowns.
2. THERE WERE SOME NEXT LEVEL SELFIES
Taylor Swift took tons with her fans and we spotted super babe Karlie Kloss snapping one with the Brit Awards sign. Then we bumped into our Topshop Unique show presenter Laura Jackson who was ecstatic she’d managed to grab one with the selfie queen herself, Kim Kardashian, who in turn took one live on air with Ant & Dec.
Photo: David Fisher/REX
3. PALOMA DID IT FOR THE GIRLS
After years of nominations and no wins, Topshop front row-er Paloma Faith received the award for Best British Female, saying, ‘I’m a big fan of women all over the world… I want to dedicate this to all the underdogs and all the grafters.’ Girl. Power.
Photo: David Fisher/REX
4. FKA TWIGS BROUGHT BACK BUNCHES
Think less school girl and more cool. We spotted Twigs’ super long, bun topped bunches as she dashed past us on the red carpet. The trick to nailing it? Keep them tied tight, low and close together at the back of your head.
Want more backstage access? See what we got up to at London Fashion Week.