WHO: Legend of British fashion, Ashish! The king of sequins and shock-factor slogans was back for another season at the Topshop Showspace.
THE FRONT ROW: EVE! The ‘Who’s that Girl’ rapper arrived just in time, causing a selfie marathon backstage after the show. Also sitting front row was sequin-clad singers Ella Eyre, Chloe Howl and Kyla la Grange.
COLLECTION IN 5 WORDS: Sequins, python, tinsel, Miley, bling.
INSPIRED BY: Ashish paid homage to celebs like Miley and Kim Kardashian. “I became obsessed with all their fan art”, he explained after the show. “I’d love to see Kim wearing one of the designs.” Stylist Anna Trevelyan also looked to the rich and famous: “She’s this rich girl, rolling into the bar with jewels falling off of her. But even though she’s rich, she’s really cool and everybody loves her.”
WHAT WE LOVED: The denim jackets finished with sequin python prints, the pink fluffy wedges (coming to Topshop in February!) and the rhinestone-embellished trackies. Oh and the hot male models, obvs.
HERO PIECE: The entire Miley Cyrus-inspired look: a sequined cartoon of her face adorning a grey sweat, worn with boyfriend jeans embellished with bananas and ciggies. Not even a tiny bit understated.
HAIR & BEAUTY: Sharon Dowsett at CLM called her make-up creation “showgirl without the drag.” Translation? Eyes painstakingly decorated with lines of multi-coloured gemstones. Hair stylist Ali Pirzadeh ironed the hair poker-straight before finishing with glitter dreadlocks and thrown-on tinsel for the boys.
WHAT THE SHOW NOTES SAID: Nothing! Ashish’s collection doesn’t need show notes: it speaks for itself.
WHAT THE EDITORS SAID:
@susiebubble: “It’s all about python skin denim at Ashish. #LFW.”
@ElleUK: “Wowza, gingham never looked so good! Check out the Ashish s/s 2015 catwalk.”
Lulu Kennedy’s pet project Fashion East is kind of a big deal. It’s basically THE show to go to if you’re at London Fashion Week. From a slogan-toting Henry Holland to a colour-blocking Roskanda Illinic, Fashion East has been the breeding ground of some of the most exciting new designers out there and Topshop have been a long time sponsor of the initiative.
With Net-a-Porter founder Natalie Massnet and fashion critic du jour Alex Fury say front row there was no question this show was a biggie. Last season it was an all girl affair, but with Ashley Williams taking on her own unique presentation area with NEWGEN sponsorship, Ed Marler joined Louise Alsop and Helen Lawrence as the trio of choice. Here’s our quick rundown…
Buttermilk yellows and pastel pinks took over Helen Lawrence’s collection of graphic separates. From faux-plastic armour-style tops to pleated dusty skirts, Helen was inspired by subversive images and other-worldly visuals to create cell-like edges to her line. The key piece? A striking necklace-cum-vest made of circular bone pieces and threaded onto chain. The models were fresh faced with dewy skin and a slick of vanilla paint through their hair.
We were back to the ‘90s with Lou Alsop’s line of bodycon minidresses, strap-tastic shifts and fraying galore. The designer who’s best known for lots of layering and oversized shapes decided to keep with a little layering but head into spring with super light fabrics of organza and cotton. Accessories were also a key element with kooky Baby G watches and white Van trainers as the final touches.
“It was inspired by a troop of Vampires,” said Ed Marler who cast alternative models to sport his collection covered in embellishment, ornate buttons and religious iconography. There was no stopping the overt decorations with lace-up jeans, tapestry jackets and high camp headwear.
WHAT: His SS15 presentation that will be stocked at the creme dela creme of internet retailers, Net-a-Porter.
WHERE: Snuggled up near the Topshop café at our Showspace in King’s Cross.
THE GUESTS: Who wasn’t there? Lots of newspaper and magazine types including Vogue’s Fran Burns, the Independent’s Alex Fury and Dazed’s editor Tim Noakes. As well as a bunch of fab fashion girls whose street style we adore incluing Purple Fashion’s Paula Goldstein, Nell Kalonji and Vogue’s Naomi Smart. (Many of whom were reeling after last night’s crazy AnOther Magazine party.)
COLLECTION IN 5 WORDS: Glitter mermaids get Abba-fied.
INSPIRED BY: “Mamma Via, Muriel’s wedding, mermaids, South Pacific and a little bit of Miss Saigon!” declared Ryan Lo as he got his blond locks pulled into a bun at the Topshop Showspace’s Beauty Pitstop.
WHAT WE LOVED: The tropical vibes that felt very, very NOW. Not only was the collection all shells and fabulous ocean-inspired fabrications but the set design was superlative. Dream team Masha Mei and Tessa Yop worked together on the set design which was all flamingos, palm trees and blow-up Shamu. Cute, eh?
HERO PIECE: A pastel pink woollen mini dresses threaded with glitter that stylist Charlotte Stockdale paired with a delicate lace overlay.
HAIR & BEAUTY: Ryan’s direction was all about the glitter, “I saw a picture of Sky Ferreria on Instagram that was covered glitter and I thought it was perfect!” Mathais van Hooff using MAC made the look into reality with a face covered in shimmer and Chiwong looked to Sophie in Mamma Mia for soft Grecian-style hair dos with loose buns and side partings.
WHAT THE SHOW NOTES SAID: There were no show notes! It was totes eco-friendly.
WHAT THE EDITORS SAID: @ELLEUK Frills, glitter, lace, tassels – the RyanLo girl has it all!
A stellar Front Row wouldn’t be complete without an extra large helping of Topshop. Here’s what our favourite girls wore to the Unique show…
Poppy Delevingne, Daisy Lowe and Pia Mia flew the flag for Topshop Unique in our rebellious, English heritage inspired AW14 collection. Dressed up or dressed down, this versatile collection will have you channelling tough-girl chic in no time.
Seen on Alexa Chung, printed pelmet skirts are the chicest way to bare still-sunkissed legs. Take notes from Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner and couple with a coordinating jacket and mannish flats for a sartorial edge.
Coats as Capes
We hate to break it to you, but sleeves are totally last season. Drape your coat over your shoulders for an air of nonchalance that is absolutely effortless.
Sported by Chloe Green and Pixie Lott, felt hats were high on agenda among the celeb elite. Be it a fedora or an oversized floppy hat, pair with slick outwear and a fresh blowdry.
WHO: Michael Van Der Ham, master of texture and hands down the nicest man in fashion.
WHAT: His SS15 catwalk show, dedicated to the late Professor Louise Wilson OBE, who taught him at CSM.
WHERE: The Topshop Show Space in King’s Cross.
THE GUESTS: We chatted to singer Jess Glynne over mini breakfast baps in the café, crushed on Susie Bubble’s pink fluffy jumper and spied Net-a-Porter President Alison Loehnis on the front row.
COLLECTION IN 5 WORDS: Ladylike, appliqué, sequins, overlay, sunnies.
INSPIRED BY: His starting point was fabric. “There were no specific references as such, more a process of investigating new materials,” he explained backstage. “I work with two embroidery studios in Surrey and it was a long process of trying out different techniques until we were happy.”
WHAT WE LOVED: The incredible textures – mixing macramé lace, floral appliques, and overlayed silk georgette (to name a few). Also the Strictly-style sequins and round sunglasses with Clockwork Orange ‘lashes’.
HERO PIECE: The shoes! Michael created platform loafers in patent leather, powder blue suede and denim-like jacquard. We’ll take one of each.
HAIR & BEAUTY: A team of MAC artists kept make-up fresh faced, adding a single gold sequin on each eye-lid. Hershesons stylist Luke took care of the hair, saying “Michael’s clothes are so detailed, you just want to throw the hair up in a messy bun” – get the look with our step-by-step tutorial on Facebook.
WHAT THE SHOW NOTES SAID: “The SS15 collection focuses on custom designed fabrics and georgette with multi-layered textiles.”
WHAT THE EDITORS SAID:
@womensweardaily: “Chic, romantic girls at Michael van der Ham.”
@BazaarUK: “Layer-up in @m_van_der_ham’s collection made for modern romantics”