London Collections: Men is the guys version of Fashion Week and today it was Topman’s turn to show their AW15 collection. It seemed rude to pass up the opportunity to hang out with David Gandy on the front row, so we popped down to give you the lowdown. It’s a hard life.
WHO: Topman Design is a premium collection from Topman, designed in-house for two high-end collections a year.
WHERE: A slick warehouse-type set-up in London’s Old Sorting Office.
THE GUESTS: With Douglas Booth, Nathan Stewart Jarrett, Tinie Tempah, Oliver Cheshire and David Gandy sitting front row, it was hard to actually concentrate on the clothes… Dermot O’Leary also made an appearance with X Factor winner Ben Haenow in tow, plus lots of fashion types including Henry Holland, Grimmy and editors from GQ and Esquire.
INSPIRED BY: The ’70s was the obvious theme – with clothes calling out reference to everything from Northern Soul, Glam Rock and the Bay City Rollers.
KEY PIECES: Skinny tartan suits, overalls adorned with stars ‘n’ stripes, suede jackets, retro hi-tops, mega mohair coats and polonecks galore.
“It’s about smudged red lips and eye make-up that’s been done at the back of the bus.” For Unique SS15, Topshop Beauty Consultant Hannah Murray brought effortlessly cool make-up to our seaside-inspired collection. Think windswept hair at Blackpool beach and flirty flushed lips ready for a peck on the pier. Want to get the look? Watch and learn as Hannah shows us how.
Meet photographer/stylist duo Masha Mel and Tess Yopp. Known for their edgier-than-edgy shoots in magazines like Dazed, i-D and Hunger, this Russian double act are gaining serious cred with those in the know. We caught up with the girls for a quick chat (wearing matching Marques’Almeida coats) at London Fashion Week.
What brings you to Fashion Week?
Tess: We normally work as a photographer and stylist, but this season we thought we’d give set design a go.
Masha: We built the set for Ryan Lo’s presentation. His SS15 collection is inspired by mermaids under the sea so we went for a Hawaiian party set-up! Think palm leaves, pink ukuleles, inflatable flamingos – it was a lot of fun to create.
What makes you two a good double act?
T: We have a very similar sense for style. And we’re both Russian!
M: Working with Tess is a lot of unpredictable fun! Her styling really compliments my photography – she’s got a real eye for colour and finding the most eye-catching pieces.
What’s been your favourite project to work on?
M: We recently did an accessories shoot for Hunger which looked great – we shot each other as the models.
T: I love this season’s Marques’Almeida campaign we shot. I can’t tell you too much until it comes out, but it follows three girls wandering through a forest…
You’re obviously big Marques’Almeida fans?
M: We met Marta and Paulo when they were studying at Central Saint Martins and used some of their pieces for an editorial – we’ve been working closely with them ever since.
T: Their designs are so cool and youthful. They can be dressy but look completely effortless at the same time.
Did you plan to wear the same Marques’Almeida coat today?
T: No! We always end up wearing the same thing – it just happened!
From Cara’s obsession with beanies to Jourdan’s perfect leather jackets, LFW models have downtime dressing nailed. We scoured the backstage area for the coolest looks, to see what was trending off the catwalk and, let’s be honest, get inspired for our own off-duty looks…
A leather biker is the ultimate off-duty staple. Add a berry lip and keep the hair loose, undone and effortless.
Keep it cosy in a throw on blanket scarf in vibrant colours and mix-match prints. Perfect for those early morning call times.
Sleek but effortless, a softly tailored duster jacket turns the simplest outfit into a sartorial statement.
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.”