Posted on February 25, 2014
We just can’t get enough of Kate Moss. Not to mention launching her new Topshop collection this spring (too exciting!) and rubbing shoulders with her at our LFW show, Kate set our hearts racing once again this week thanks to David Bailey’s new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.
Stepping into the legendary photographer’s retrospective, we were greeted by a never-before-seen portrait of Kate, looking arrestingly beautiful with her killer cheekbones and a mega mane of hair. Shot in Bailey’s signature black and white style, the new print is testament to Bailey’s knack at showing a famous face in yet another light.
When you finally manage to drag yourself away from staring at Kate, the rest of the exhibition offers a comprehensive look at Bailey’s career – one that spans more than half a century. You’ll see the shots of ’60s model Jane Birkin that made his name, to portraits of famous friends (we’re talking everyone from Johnny Depp to Salvador Dali), as well as his more thought-provoking work from third world countries like Sudan and Papua New Guinea.
Bailey himself oversaw the hanging of each and every photo in the gallery, making it a wonderfully personal account of his work. Each room tells a different story – we loved the space dedicated to his model wife Catherine, as well as the room filled with Bailey’s ultimate fashion icons, with portraits of fashion greats from Diana Vreeland to Alexander McQueen.
Bailey’s Stardust is open until 1st June, so if you’ve never experienced the sheer power of Bailey’s portraits close-up, this is simply unmissable!
Posted on February 6, 2014
Do you want to ignite a million flashbulbs and be a street style star like the inimitable Caroline Issa, bold Susie Bubble or extravagant Anna Dello Russo? To celebrate the start of New York Fashion Week, we reveal the five instant style updates that will ensure you get papped during show season too…
1: SWING A BACKPACK
Whether it’s distressed denim, fringed suede or air-soft leather – the backpack is the only bag to carry right now. Make a modern contrast and team a style of your choice with ladylike cuts. Think fitted jackets, pencil skirts and button-up shirts.
2: GET SHIRTY
The classic white shirt made a major return to the runways this spring and it’s sure to be on heavy style rotation during the upcoming fashion weeks. Our top tip? Layer oversized iterations over unexpected separates such as vibrant pin-thin trousers or a leather skirt. A simple gold choker finishes the look.
3: PUSH THE PANTONE
Reinvigorate a dull day (because, let’s face it, it’s still winter out there) with a pop of bright colour. From a bright silk shirt to an eye-catching lipstick, a vibrant accent is guaranteed to turn heads and give you a mood-boosting lift – what’s not to love?
4: CHAMPION SPORTS LUXE
Thanks to cover-girl Cara Delevingne, athletic essentials have become the new model off-duty outfit of choice. Follow their lead and run rings around the fashion competition in cool trainers, sporty sweaters and slouchy trousers.
5: CROP IT
Top off midi-length skirts and high-waisted trousers with a navel-grazing crop top. Those in the know are wearing simple styles in a neutral palette of grey, white, navy or black.
Posted on January 26, 2014
A Topshop Fashion Week is special for many reasons. Not only do we bring the best trends, hottest models and an A-list FROW (hello Anna Wintour and Kate Moss), but each season we also pick a stunning venue to showcase the lot. And this time we’ve really outdone ourselves by securing the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall as the backdrop for our AW14 shows!
An ex-power station and now the lobby to the Tate Modern gallery, the Turbine Hall has hosted some of the world’s most memorable modern art works. We love nothing more than spending a Sunday in the dramatic space – whether that’s drooling over the art or people watching. Recently sponsored by Hyundai for a further 11-years, the Turbine Hall’s past commissions are simply iconic and we couldn’t be happier to be joining a space so celebrated for its creativity. So to show just how excited we are, we’ve rounded up our favourite Turbine Hall installations of all time!
1. Louise Bourgeois – Spider
Arachnophobics look away – Louise Bourgeois’s Maman was the gigantic steel spider made for the opening of Tate Modern in 2000. Supported on eight slender, knobbly legs, its body was suspended right to the top of the hall, allowing the viewer to walk around underneath it. The spider later took some time outside of the gallery and greeted visitors between the river and the Tate.
2. Olafur Eliasson – The Weather Project
Eliasson transformed the Tate into a beautiful sunset haven during his spell at the hall. Humidifiers created a fine mist in the air while a huge semi-circular sun radiated yellow light. The ceiling was covered with a mirror, where visitors could see themselves as tiny black shadows against a mass of orange light.
3. Doris Salcedo – Shibboleth
Columbian-born Salcedo’s installation took the form of a 167 metre, meandering crack right through the floor of the Turbine Hall, modelled on a Colombian rock face. Probably the most talked about Turbine Hall installation, you can still see the marks that filled in the crack today.
4. Ai Weiwei – Sunflower Seeds
This controversial Chinese artist filled the entire Turbine Hall with some 100 million sunflower seeds. But however realistic they might have seemed, each seed was in fact intricately hand-crafted in porcelain and painted by specialists from the Chinese city of Jingdezhen.
5. Anish Kapoor – Marsyas
Renowned for his awe-inspiring sculptures, Anish Kapoor teamed up with architect Cecil Balmond to create ‘Marsyas’ for the Turbine Hall in 2003. Thought to be one of the biggest exhibition works in the world, the enormous steel and PVC structure is based around an ancient story from Greek mythology. Epic.
These five art hits got you hankering for some culture? Why not pop along to the Tate Modern to see the gallery’s upcoming exhibition: Henri Matisse: Cut-Outs, open from 17 April – 7 September 2014.
Posted on January 24, 2014
New York City. Adam from Girls. Folk Music. When a movie contains these three elements, us Topshop girls just know that we’re going to like it. When that movie also features a little ginger cat, an American road trip AND Justin Timberlake, it’s written in the stars.
There are so many great movies out there at the moment – we watched American Hustle with jaws dropped and laughed out loud through The Wolf of Wall Street – we know it’s difficult to pick just one. Last weekend we spent some down time with the Coen Brother’s new flick, Inside Llewyn Davies and were pleasantly surprised with the languid and lovely journey movie.
We know the Coens do cinema well but we reckon this is the first time they’ve decided to play it quite so stripped back and minimal. There’s no fancy CGI, no particularly unbelievable narrative or insane villain caricatures – hello, Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men – just the captivating story of a few years in one musician’s fairly uneventful life. Oscar Isaac is the new face on the scene and the very handsome Llewyn who struggles between the art of making music and making it commercially successful. Of course, there’s some great songs thrown in. One of our favourite moments involving Justin Timberlake crooning away whilst Adam Driver hoots along – dream duo, or what? Carey Mulligan is also showing off her vocal chords and must be making her Mumford beau very proud with her debut into folk music. (She also wears a poloneck very, very well.)
If you’re not already saturated by this seriously great moment in cinema we’re going through, make sure to escape the chaos and check out Inside Llewyn Davis. And just remember, if you’re not mad about ‘60s folk musician there’s always Adam from Girls to swoon over!
Posted on January 21, 2014
The Rolling Stones have called it ‘one of the most incredible places on earth’, so you can imagine our excitement to hear that the Brooklyn Bowl has crossed the pond to London! Opened in a Williamsburg warehouse back in 2009, it’s one of New York’s hottest hipster hangouts and a favourite for celebs to test out their skills on the lanes.
Found in the O2 arena, the London outpost offers an almost identical replica – offering 12 beautifully designed bowling lanes, complete with a restaurant and three separate bars. More than just a bowling joint, the venue also plays host to some of the best gigs in town and for some O2 shows they’ll be streaming live performances from the arena’s main stage. Food-wise, you can chow down on sloppy joes and fried chicken from all-American chain Blue Ribbon.
Not content with just one opening night, the launch party went on for three, with the likes of Cara Delevingne, Ellie Goulding and Kelly Brook turning up to enjoy a spot of bowling. If it’s good enough for this lot, it’s definitely good enough for us!
Images by Oliver Rudkin
Book a lane and see the gig listings at london.brooklynbowl.com