You might have spotted Topshop 214 favourites Niki & The Dove in our summer magazine – we've been in love with this Swedish electro duo since last year, when they released hit song The Drummer. Lead singer Malin Dahlström is a theatrical, beautiful frontwoman, always dressed up in capes, feathers and fantasy creations (if you are a fan of Bat for Lashes or Karen O, you'll appreciate her out-there stage costumes.)
We've been counting down the days until Malin and her musical partner Gustaf Karlöf release their debut album Instincts, and there isn't long to wait now – it comes out on 14th May. Until then, here at Topshop we've been treated to a very special mixtape by Niki & The Dove called Hot Summer (something we are all dreaming of – we are praying this sunshine sticks around!) It features brand new songs plus remixes of tracks from the new album. Listen to it right here!
Watch the video for The Drummer – the track which first made us fall for Niki & The Dove.
Once a month we check in with one of the stylish girls working at Topshop towers, finding out about their job, taste in fashion and getting some insider secrets! This month we met Lucy Russell, who told us all about her life as a Junior Buyer for Topshop.
My job title is… Junior Buyer and that meansI develop, source and plan our ranges working with our merchandising, design teams and supplier base.
I studied… Sociology at the University of Sheffield
I got my job by… working as a Style Advisor for a year in Oxford Circus Topshop. I heard internally of a head office vacancy for a BAA role and I got in touch with the HR department.
In a typical working day I… Review new samples on main range Topshop departments, deciding which are best for the Tall and Petite ranges – we have regular fit sessions where we fit and adapt the garments specifically for Tall and Petite. We also have design and buyers meetings where we brainstorm trends and new ideas. I try to get out and about as much as possible, for some inspirational shopping, blog research and visiting our stores.
The best thing about my job is… Getting to see all of the sketches and ideas become reality. It’s one of the best feelings when a style you’ve been involved with is a bestseller!
When I was growing up I wanted to be… A travel writer.
I couldn’t do my job without… The amazingly creative teams I work with.
My advice to students hoping to crack the fashion industry would be… Aim high, always aspire to be the best with the best. The most successful people I know are happy and love what they do.
When I’m in London, my hottest hang-outs are… Bistrotheque is a fast favourite, and we always love Lucky Voice in Soho or Islington. I also love a coffee at Tina We Salute You in Dalston, especially in the London sunshine.
Kathleen Hanna is a punk rock feminist icon – and one of our major heroines here at Topshop. She was a prominent figure in the 90s as the incredible frontwoman for Bikini Kill – a band that paved the way for the Riot Grrrl movement – which helped to bring women to the forefront of the music scene. They collaborated with Nirvana and Joan Jett, then she went on to be part of electroclash band Le Tigre (their hit song Deceptacon still gets played every weekend at indie discos across the land.)
Now, Kathleen is no rock n' roll princess. She might be a musician, but she is so much more than that; she's an artist, public speaker, protester and a promoter of women's rights. She's never been afraid to speak up and speak out and we've got huge respect for anyone who encourages others – especially girls – to express what they feel through bring creative.
(Still amazing in 2012 – Kathleen in a recent fashion editorial for XOJane)
She's always worn clothes that represent what she is passionate about, and experimented with style. Kathleen said that when she was growing up, she "was really obsessed with clothes…one day I would be New Wave and the next Goth. I'd just try on new styles all the time. I think it came from changing schools a lot. I knew how to change my hair and dress to fit in, and once I saw how ridiculous it all was it freed me up to experiment more."
We are feeling really inspired by Kathleen, her personality and iconic style so just wanted to make sure that you knew why Kathleen Hanna rocks our world!
Kathleen's legacy continues; she bequeathed an iconic 'feminist' sweater to fashion blogger Tavi, as well as some of her zines from the 90s. Here come the next generation of Riot Grrrls…we hope!
We like to find out what pieces make the Topshop girls tick so today we caught up with Laura Harmes-Heywood, who is a Personal Shopper in our Knightsbridge store. We asked Laura for her expert tips, tricks and style secrets, as well as finding out what it's like working everyday as one of our expert Personal Shoppers.
How did you become a Personal Shopper at Topshop?
I have been with Topshop for over 5 years, as a shopper since we launched the service and previously as a Style Advisor in my Uni town of Manchester. My degree is in English and American Literature and I spent a large part of this time pursuing fashion journalism interests – fashion editing the student paper and beginning work for Dazed and Confused in my final year. A couple of years later I heard about the Topshop position and couldn’t say no – it’s a dream role!
What do you love about your job?
The relationship I have with my regular clients, the pride I feel in the credibility of the brand, getting to work with such fantastic, exciting and ever changing product every day. The incredible opportunities and experiences the role has afforded me.
How would you describe your style?
Eclectic and very instinctual – I see a piece and know instantly that it will work for me. I have a strong bohemian influence, inspired by my mother, and I'm not afraid to make a bold statement. I live in silk and natural fabrics and enjoy movement and texture.
Who are your fashion icons?
Mostly women who are keen to express themselves and do something different…60’s/70’s era Anita Pallenberg, Daphne Guinness, Anna Dello Russo, Iris Apfel. The effortlessness of Lou Doillon.
Which is your current favourite Topshop collection and why?
Native.Thetrend cleverly creates a relaxed/bohemian version of opulence…whilst still looking modern. Lots of embellishment, layering texture and movement with global inspirations.
What are your favourite key pieces for SS12 season?
What piece do you always come back to, season after season?
A good jacket, or outerwear in general.I amborderline obsessed, my wardrobe is heaving with them – leathers, furs, vintage trophy jackets and silk kimonos, lots of tassled numbers, feathered capes…a good outerwear piece completes an outfit.
What’s the style rule you live by?
If a piece or an outfitdoesn’tfeel good it won’t work with and for you. Clothes speak a lot about who we are so take ownership of that and enjoy expressing yourself.
What’s your first memory of Topshop?
A beautiful dress that bought in 1999 and it’s still in my wardrobe now. Baby blue with a little heart print and broderie anglaise lace trim. The label says ‘Topshop Designer Limited Edition’ – old school! Every time I look at it makes me smile; it has seen some very good times.
Where’s your favourite place to go shopping where you live?
I live in Brick Lane so the vintage shops are right around the corner.
Why should someone book a personal shopping appointment with you?
Once you try it there will be no going back. I can make shopping, getting dressed, and your understanding of your wardrobe easy.
What’s great about the personal shopping service?
It’s the perfect way to shop. Personal Shopper appointments are tailored to your every need and we give clients access to all the latest product and insider knowledge.
If you'd love to book a complimentary appointment with one of our Personal Shoppers in the UK or US, be sure to take a look at our service and don't hesistate to book! It really will change the way you shop…
We have a confession to make. We've got an office crush – and his name is Jack White III. Yesterday, the former White Stripes frontman released his debut solo album 'Blunderbuss' and we've been listening to it ever since. This album is downright incredible – fans of Jack's previous bands (including The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather, featuring our other style crush, Alison Mosshart) will not be disappointed.
Blunderbuss is a full-on barrage of bluesy rock n'roll, through which Jack vents his heartbreak over his divorce from the beautiful, goddess-like supermodel Karen Elson. They may have famously had a big party to celebrate their divorce (that's how they do it over in Tennessee, apparently) but Jack White is clearly still sore about it. He's a brilliant lyricist and an even more astounding guitarist – not to mention a highly intelligent man with an eye for design. He used to upholster furniture for a living and now he's one of the world's biggest rock stars – what an inspiration! Have a listen and let us know what you think.