Posted on September 24, 2014

“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.

Shop the products:

1. Lip Primer in ‘Everlast

2. Lips in ‘Trigger

3. Matte Lip Bullet in ‘More Than A Woman

4. Eye Duo in ‘Time Off’

5. Kohl in ‘Sable

6. Waterproof liner in ‘Gunpowder’

7. 3D Curve Mascara

8. Cheek Gel in ‘Plum’ – coming soon



Posted on September 23, 2014

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!

Masha what do you love about your Topshop furry clutch?

M: The colour, the price and that it’s big enough to put your camera in it.

Any advice for getting into the fashion industry?

T: Don’t be afraid to approach loads of people and intern lots and lots and lots…

M: Never stop!

Like Tess and Masha’s style? Look out for the Marques’Almeida x Topshop collection arriving on 9th October.


Posted on September 22, 2014

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.


No model uniform is complete without a pair of frayed-hem hotpants. Wear with trainers, a basic tee and bare legs for on-the-go chic.


Posted on September 17, 2014

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.


@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.”

Photos: Jason Lloyd-Evans. Words: Holly Swayne.


Posted on September 17, 2014

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.