Posted on November 20, 2013
Photo by Samuel John Butt
Whether we’re lacking inspiration or craving a little arty respite, the Tate Britain has become every Topshop girls’ go-to gallery. So, when we heard the grand building in London’s very fancy Pimlico was getting a serious renovation we were more than excited. You might have noticed the pillared entrance on the Thames has been closed off for quite some time but on Monday night the gallery finally unveiled it’s facelift with VIP party for the art world’s elite, flowing food and drink and DJ sets by the likes of Mount Kimbie.
John Singer Sargent, Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, 1885-1886
After getting our nails done by the WAH! Nails girls – who were turning the art world hot for nail art! – and dancing to the Dazed curated playlist, we wandered around the newly fashion space to see what had changed. The truth is, not very much had changed, but rather the renovation has brought a lot more love to the older parts of the building that were built in 1893. Awesome bits to look out for when you’re visiting the space are the jaw-dropping central staircase and the new chronological order of the paintings – art history made simples!
Photo by Helene Binet
The great thing about Tate Britain isn’t just that great masters and artists who house the walls – Milton, Hockney, Turner, Bacon, etc – but the events that have been popping up through the gallery. On Saturday 23rd the gallery hosts a public House Warming party with a DJ set from Alexis Taylor and a fashion workshop from Emma Yeo and on 6th December we’ll be throwing our hand in the air for another Late at Tate Britain night with Warp Records.
See you there Saturday, yeah?
As part of the Tate’s Fashion Meets Art videos see designer’s Preen talk about their love for David Hockney’s Splash painting.
Posted on November 19, 2013
When it comes to keeping fit we’re terrible for trading in our running trainers for a pair of heels, so when we heard about the new craze for hula hooping our interests were certainly peaked! Enter Marawa the Amazing, Queen of Hula and globe trotter extraordinaire. Marawa has partnered with the one stop fitness site – Fitness Freak – to put on some happening hula classes that keep you giggling, sweating and gaining abs of steel. (Well, the latter one might come with time!)
The Topshop girls got their jersey pieces on for a night of hooping and we can confidently say, we had a blast! Not only did we hula along to Peter Andre and other fun ’90s tunes, found ourselves in hysterics attempting to hula hoop with our arms and hips but we also found ourselves pleasantly worked out! Even those of us who were adamant we couldn’t hoop, we managed to get in synch with the crowd and give it a good go.
After two nights of spinning boys and girls into shape at Shoreditch Town Hall this month, Marawa will be heading to York Hall in Bethnal Green for a one-off Christmas special class. The night promises 45-minute ab & core focused class which will require your glitziest lycra attire. So don your tinsel hair piece, snap up a festive crop top and get hooping!
Book your place at the Christmas Hula-hooping class, here.
Posted on October 21, 2013
Before there was Wildcub and Big Deal, there was Best Coast. The surf pop duo was born in 2009 by songwriter and guitarist Bethany Cosentino and partner in crime multi-instrumentalist, Bobb Bruno. Inspired by The Beach Boys and The Beatles the pair bring a lo-fi, sun-soaked sound paired with lyrics that are both cute as a kitten and sharp as a knife. Although winter may well and truly be here in London, we still can’t stop listen to their sun-soaked tunes that fill us with cheer even on the rainiest of days. The 26 year-old with killer tattoos and a wardrobe that’s all floral dresses and sailor shifts took some time to talk inspiration, collaboration and hanging out at home with her cat.
How would you describe your music to someone who’s never heard it?
I feel like Best Coast is really straight forward pop music from the heart. It’s just music that is meant to make you feel like you’re not alone in this world with all your problems but I feel like the sound is meant to kind of hype you up and make you feel good about things, even though the lyrics are kind of downers.
What artists do you admire today?
I really look up to Stevie Nicks, who has been my hero pretty much since I was a little kid but I feel like more modern artists that I look up to are strong, powerful female front women/artists like Beyonce, Hayley Williams, Gwen Stefani, women who just have their own amazing thing going on and are so great at what they do.
Who would you love to collaborate with?
Drake. He’s like my #1 dream collaboration. I love his music so much, and I just love how honest and real he is. I feel like I relate to what he’s saying, and I feel like we could make a really amazing, super emo and honest song together.
What’s the main inspiration behind the new album? And how does it differ from your last one?
It was really just inspired by what was going on in my life at the current moment, and the changes I had gone through since we made the last record. I overcame a lot of obstacles and I feel like I grew up in a short period of time, so I feel like naturally that inspired it. I feel like this album is a lot poppier and more upbeat than the last record. It has more of that “best coast” sound that people enjoyed so much with the first record. It’s less of a downer than the only place was.
How has Best Coast changed since you first started out?
i mean, we have gained so much success and so much as happened for us- but i feel like we as people have not changed at all. we are still the same, and no amount of money or success has changed us at all. i feel like when i started this band, i did not expect fame at all- i just wanted to make music, and everything just took off so quickly. i feel blessed everyday.
Tell us about your favourite gig?
When ‘The Only Place’ came out we played a sold out show at the Wiltern in LA which is this amazing old theatre that so many amazing bands have played at. It was packed from wall to wall, and people were just so excited to be there and to support us and this new thing we were doing. Jon brion, who produced ‘The Only Place,’ joined us on stage for a few songs, and that was really amazing. I just remember thinking that night how lucky we were, and how insane it was that we had gotten to a point where we could sell out a venue like the Wiltern. It was such a special night.
Do you have any pre-gig rituals?
Not really. I just kind of sit around and hang out, sometimes I watch stuff on my computer, or I listen to music but I don’t have any specific things I do. Bobb listens to metal before we play which is so funny, because our music is so far from metal but he says it pumps him up.
How would you describe your style and fashion choices?
I am really inspired by the ’90s, and I like to just feel comfortable. I don’t really wear anything crazy on stage, I just dress like I normally would in my every day life. Lately I’ve been really into oversized vintage shirts, and wearing leggings with crop tops and platforms. My style evolves all the time but I feel like the ’90s is always the era that inspires me the most.
What do you do when you’re not playing music?
I hang out at home a lot, I spend time with my friends, I go shopping, I like to cook, I just do normal stuff. I’m not really a crazy party girl, but I enjoy going out sometimes. Most of the time I just like to hang out at home and drink wine and hang out with my cat and watch TV.
What’s next for Best Coast?
We are going in to record album 3 in November, and then we are going on tour with the Pixies early next year. It’s been an amazing year for us, and we can’t wait to start fresh and do something new.
Get Best Coast’s mini LP and extended EP ‘Fade Away’ next week, listen to it here.
Posted on October 16, 2013
Hold on America, we’re coming! That’s right, we’re in a USA state of mind this month with Topshop coming to 41 more Nordstrom stores across America. To celebrate our love for all things across the pond we’re holding a competition that’s all about your very own city.
We’ve designed a line of exclusive Topshop x Nordstrom t-shirts unique to each city we’re arriving in and we think you deserve one! For your chance to win a t-shirt dedicated to your city show us what you love about your city using Instagram and tweet it @Topshop with the hashtag of your city and #TopshopxNordstrom.Our favourite and most inspiring entry will win one!
Our New York and London teams are always capturing the things they love about their city, from the most delicious burgers they find and gigs they attend to the incredible parks and even the sunsets – be inspired to show us what you think is the coolest part of your city. See some of our instagram below to get excited…
Before you enter, check to see if your city if one of the lucky ones, read our Ts&Cs and start snappy away.
Posted on October 4, 2013
For any fashion related questions, queries or even some inspiration, us Topshop girls don’t head to Google but rather open up our well-thumbed copy of Phaidon’s The Fashion Book. Vogue declare it the fashion bible and Elle call it the definitive resource, what’s clear is the coffee-table tome is undeniably the most authoritative tome on fashion and beyond.
After 15 years, the book is finally getting an update to bring it soaring into the noughties. 72 new entries are gracing the pages including the prestigious Nicholas Ghesquerie and ex-NEWGEN recipients Mary Katrantzou and Christopher Kane. This refresh isn’t just about designers and some of the most exciting entries feature sartorial icons and a who’s who within the art and business of fashion. Street style photographer Bill Cunningham and alternative fashion champion and actress, Tilda Swinton appear, as do the most established fashion colleges and photographers.
To celebrate the new release we’re throwing two Topshop Talks dedicated to our favourite topic and our favourite tome. On either sides of the Atlantic – at our London Oxford Circus flagship and at our New York store – we’re hosting fashion talks that are open to all. Our New York panel on Thursday, October 10, at 6 p.m. will feature the legendary Iris Apfel, celebrated designer Vera Wang, and Style.com’s Dirk Standen will be on hand to talk fashion history and the new guard of style alongside moderator Simon Collins, dean of fashion at Parsons the New School for Design. As for the London counterpart SHOWstudio’s dashing Lou Stoppard will be hosting a talk with milliner to the stars Stephen Jones and Central St. Martin’s BA fashion lecturer. If that wasn’t enough, pick up the new book instore and get a limited edition tote bag and a signed print by cover illustrator Mats Gustafson four days before anyone else will be able to get their paws on it!
Check out the events in London and New York in more detail and don’t forget to get there early to avoid disappointment!