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Posted on February 19, 2013

We have a serious crush on Simone Rocha’s clothes! Ever since we first laid eyes on her laser cut skirts and see-through heeled brogues, we’ve been head over heels for her awkwardly girly aesthetic so when her perfectly cut Pepto-Bismol neoprene coat opened the show, it was love at first sight for AW13.

Walk This Way

Twin Magazine’s fashion editor – and Topshop style icon – Celestine Cooney was backstage to make sure the girls were preened and styled in Simone Rocha’s off-kilter way. Wearing a key-hole cut-out dress from Simone’s last collection and some rad Balenciaga boots, Celestine was was incredibly hands on talking through not just how the clothes should sit but how the models should be working them. “She’s not a lady! This girl is cool and confident,” said Celestine as she spoke to one of the models about their walk, “more angry!” It’s clear Celestine has a clear idea of the Simone-wearing-girl and she’s not a wallflower despite the bows she may wear in her hair.

Messy Hair Don’t Care

The hair look at Simone Rocha was a breath of fresh air. This season it’s been all about the slicked back, gel-heavy pony tails and we were happy to see something a little different in the form of a fizzy couldn’t-care-less bouffant. Stylist James Pecis backcombed the front of the hair into a scruffy quiff and folded the back locks into a bun-cum-ponytail that sprouted loose pieces of hair so it all looked like the remains of a “posh” salon hair-do the night before. It was in the same idea of hair that had already been partied in that the girls’ beauty was set: little face make-up, a dash of mascara and a touch of pinky balm on the lips.

On The Catwalk 

Sat front row… It was a family affair with Simone’s very proud parents (her dad’s the designer John Rocha) sat front row with Louise Wilson who taught Simone on her Fashion MA at Central Saint Martins.

The collection in 5 words… Furry, shiny, granny, prim, pink!

Playlist… Girly vocals to upbeat tracks like ‘Walking Disaster’, all curated by her little bro Max Rocha. As you’ll see from her collection, the girls were anything but!

What we loved… The fabrications begged to be touched: the Pepto-Bismol pink dresses and co-ords at the start were made of neoprene and a cool wafer mesh, and there were sparkly tweeds, hand crochets and patent leather (the fabric of London Fashion Week for sure). There was a stiffness to the fabrics that was perfect for the ladylike silhouettes Simone sent down the cawtwalk.

Hero piece… A clear plastic tortoiseshell skirt in an A-line shape, giving a cheeky glimpse of legs underneath and her heeled velvet slippers!

Inspired by… Simone’s grannies. The collection was called ‘Respect Your Elders’ and the neat co-ordinated dresses and jackets, smart coats and granny bags paid tribute to the stylish ladies that influenced Simone growing up.

End notes… This was a collection that we were really looking forward to seeing. At a mere 26 years of age, Simone is a young talent that London can really be proud of. It may have been more ladylike than we’ve seen before but her crochet glasses, use of leopard faux fur and bowed veils were a reminder that Simone’s girl is still brimming with the off-kilter charm she’s making her own.


Re-watch the Simone Rocha AW13 show on, check out our live coverage of London Fashion Week over on our Twitter and keep coming back to Inside-Out for more news from Unique as well as all the NEWGEN talent showing at the Topshop Showspace!


Posted on February 19, 2013

Who… Dazed’s fashion team came out in force to support the designer and the magazine’s Fashion Editor Karen Langley who was behind the sleek and chic styling.

The collection in five words…  Minimal goes to the future.

The girls on the catwalk… Modern young women all pale-faced and serene.

Hair & Beauty… Hair was tied in low scruffy buns in a side parting and topped off with a backwards hair band. Beauty stuck close to the current trend for natural beautiful skin and very little eye make-up. These girls were all about threads.

What we loved… The layers! Turtle necks underneath tank tops atop of midi skirts that fell in stark shapes and geometric lines. Blue and yellow also turned out to be very happy bedfellows.

Hero piece… A mustard yellow woollen overcoat. Who cares what’s underneath when your jacket is this gorgeous?

End notes… Separates to die for. Nascimento is proving himself to be a the go-to young designer for swoon-worthy everyday classics.


Posted on February 19, 2013

J.W. Anderson is a man who does minimalism with a difference. He’s the hottest designer in London right now (if you haven’t already, make sure you check out his latest Topshop collaboration) and all the most important people from Carine Roitfeld to Cathy Horyn were sat front row with high expectations.

We hung out backstage to find the designer back to his old tricks once again, playing with his signature boy-meets-girl aesthetic that the fashion industry have come to praise him for.

Stylists, Models, Movers and Shakers

Stylist and Anderson’s right hand man, Benjamin Bruno, was very calm amongst the backstage madness exclaiming, “I’m just excited to see it all!” Us too, Bruno, us too!

No Make-up is Good Make-up

Legendary Val Garland from Streeters was behind the make-up for Jonathan’s show. Unlike Garland’s previous day’s work at the Vivienne Westwood show, that was all circus inspired and crazy shades of blue, she kept things to a complete minimal. Garland gave all the models a creamy dewy base, a strong boyish brow and simply left the rest looking natural.

Hair Stiff as a Board

Paul Hanlon had no qualms about transforming the models smooth locks into solid planks of hair that seemed to hover above the shoulders in straight lines. Our favourite moment was seeing the stylists holding the girls hair up in front of a piece of card and dousing it with endless cans of hair spray.

On the Catwalk 

Front row… Alexa Chung rocking a JW x Topshop patent leather skirt, Tallulah Harlech in head-to-toe J.W.Anderson, Angela Scanlon, Daisy Lowe and the majority of the cool London massive!

The collection in 5 words… leather, slouch, boy, asymmetry, austere.

The girls on the catwalk… Topshop Unique girls Ashleigh and Julianna were back in the building!

Playlist… Bass heavy techno that wouldn’t have been a miss at a Berlin super club.

What we loved… Bold bands of bright colour strapped across white polo necks, the uptight, abstract shapes and the comic bright patterns.

Hero piece… The amazing slouchy leather tees with drawstring sleeves – too cool with a drainpipe jean!

Inspired by… “An examination of cacophonic chemistry.” Yeah, we didn’t know what that meant either but on explanation decided it was based around the idea of making dullness a little special by using shape and texture in an innovative way.

End notes… As we’ve come to expect from Jonathan, this was a  conceptual collection, almost clinical in its approach to shape and cut (and the hospital gown dresses and nurse’s shoes emphasised the point!). When broken down it was chock full of amazing pieces we want to work into our own wardrobes.

Re-watch the J.W. Anderson AW13 show on, check out our live coverage of London Fashion Week over on our Twitter and keep coming back to Inside-Out for more news from Unique as well as all the NEWGEN talent showing at the Topshop Showspace!


Posted on February 18, 2013

The style set are in love with Louise Gray – she’s one of those designers who embodies the fun that has made London Fashion Week a must-visit on the international style calendar! Aptly called “Hey Crazy”, for AW13 Louise sent a collection down the catwalk that was fun and upbeat and yes, totally crazy, but full of separates that girls would love to own. Louise is brilliantly wacky and as always, just as important as the clothes themselves were her accessories, hair and make-up,

Nailing It

“Trashy but chic!” said Katie Jane Hughes of the elongated pale pink nails that were stamped with newspaper print. “The girl is really disheveled but has a real sexy vibe – hence the length, ” said Hughes.

Trashy Beauty

It wasn’t just the nails that were talking trash but the make-up. James Vogel from Art Partner created a look that had just the right amount of dirt. Black eye make-up was caked on lids and false eye lashes were attached for a slightly all-nighter vibe and a sexiness that was rough around the edges. Lips were kept simple with a wash of pink and there’s no doubt more was more when it came to the rest of the look. Louise likes her girl to go go out and have fun which was exactly what this look had written all over it!

Rollers are Right

“Everything I’ve ever been taught about hair,” said stylist Nick Irwin behind this season’s never before seen look, “I’m doing the exact opposite of.” This meant hair that didn’t look washed, didn’t look groomed and put plainly, styled in a trashy and off kilter way. Using silver hair rollers Irwin wrapped up chunks of hair into loose rollers for a look straight from an old ladies’ hairdresser. The hair itself was made to be as greasy as possible but a heavy helping of gel and wax lying n the roots and mouse to really mess things up for a look that although we can’t imagine replicating on the street, we think it tops off another stellar style for Louise Gray.

On The Catwalk

Who… East London’s coolest kids but it was Sarah Mower’s assistant Hannah Lambert who stood out on the front row dressed in an unbelievable full skirt and kitten heels.

The collection in 5 words… One girl’s rubbish is another girl’s treasure!

The girls on the catwalk… A devil-may-care attitude and a love for re-cycling were the only things required.

Playlist… Bestie DJ and music mag editor Hannah Hara chose tracks that made us want to go out dancing!

What we loved… Sellotape bangles, cake tin earrings and plastic bag headpieces from millinery master Stephen Jones. Trust us when we say re-cycling has never looked so chic!

Hero piece… A bell shaped swing coat that really showed off Louise’s amazing eye for creating crazy patterns.

End notes… Barbara Kruger’s defiant art work and New York’s Happening movement was Louise’s starting point which meant her signature love of colour and all things wild was there but with an element of grunge and dirtiness that we haven’t seen from her before.

Re-watch Lousie Gray’s AW13 show on, check out our live coverage of London Fashion Week over on our Twitter and keep coming back to Inside-Out for more news from Unique as well as all the NEWGEN talent showing at the Topshop Showspace!



Posted on February 18, 2013

All things Spanish was the name of the game at Peter Pilotto‘s AW13 show. Mariachi coats swung trapeze and the add-on cape was the feature of the moment so to temper the elaborate details of the clothes, the hair and beauty was muted, clean and sheen.

Wax On Hair

Anthony Turner was back once again in the Topshop Showspace with this troupe of lock-loving, scissor-wielding staff. Although the collection was all about renaissance artist and Spain’s El Greco there was no carefree flowing locks here but a pulled back and stark pony tail that was more athletics than school girl preen. These weren’t your average pony tails but slicked back, gel-heavy and tautly tied to the back of head. The left over hair was mussed up in mouse as if the models had just spent an hour on the track.

Pearly Skin

Meshing seamlessly with the slick hair, Art Partner’s Lucia Pica went for a translucent and fresh-faced base. “It’s quite sporty and sleek,” said Pica, “but with an otherwordly and futuristic twist. We went for a pearly base with a shine mixing for a balmy finish.” Along with the shining skin were the eyes elongated with tracked black liner and coated in a thick gloss for a real Alien-effect.

Model Talk

Cara Delevingne and Jourdan Dunn were back again and were feeling rested, refreshed and enthused after their Harlem Shake video for Topshop had just gone viral! Other tit-bits were the endless supply of haribos that kept the models on a substantial sugar high before taking to the catwalk and the shoes – black patent brogues from Churches by Nicholas Kirkwood – that had many a model fawning over.

On The Catwalk

Front row…The always chic Yasmin le Bon, Olivia Palermo and Tallulah Harlech looking amazing in head-to-toe Peter Pilotto SS13.

The collection in 5 words… Cape, cut-outs, cocktail, spacey, scintillating.

The girls on the catwalk… BFF’s and fashion week fixtures Cara and Jourdan.

Playlist… Bumping, grinding, get-down-in-your-chair dub step.

What we loved…  The subtle Spanish matador feel in many of the cropped boleros and that über cool Zoro cape.

Hero piece… An origami fold cocktail dress encrusted with sequins and with a notched neckline.

Inspired by…17th century Spanish religious painter El Greco, re-envisaged in a futuristic light

End notes… The Peter Pilotto boys are breaking out of the prints that propelled their brand to recognition, and are going for bolder textures and richer fabrications to keep their audience rapt.

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