LET’S GET ’70s (IRL)

Posted on January 23, 2015

In case you hadn’t noticed, ’70s style is having a bit of a moment. Our SS15 collection is packed with key throwback pieces, from psychedelic floral prints, to pussybow blouses and flares. But, we’re not just feeling the far-out vibes when it comes to fashion – ’70s is having a major moment in culture too. So, if you’re ready to take the retro love in next-level, here’s three totally groovy things to do:

1. WATCH: INHERENT VICE

Boogie Nights director Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest on-screen masterpiece is a groovy (a favourite word of the cast) flashback of the ‘60s/’70s, full of dreamy fashion that’s guaranteed to inspire our festival wardrobes this season. Based in California Beach, the film follows private detective Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) as he embarks on a mission to find his ex-lover Shasta (Katherine Waterson) when she mysteriously vanishes. While we’re still daydreaming about Katherine Waterson’s orange crochet dress and Reese Witherspoon’s cute co-ords – the mutton chops comeback is still questionable…

In cinemas from 30 January 2015. Watch the trailer here

c.1976, © Venetia Porter. Thea Porter’s London shop.

2. GO: THEA PORTER: BOHEMIAN CHIC, AT THE FASHION AND TEXTILE MUSEUM
If there was ever a pioneer of ’70s style,  it was Thea Porter. Known for the innovative fashion and interior design sold at her famous Greek street store, her fans ranged from The Beatles to Elizabeth Taylor and Faye Dunaway. Spend a day immersed in her eclectic world in a new retrospective spanning her creations, career and travels.

 Running from 6 February – 3 May, 2015. Head here for more info

3. PIN: FARRAH FAWCETT
The 2nd February marks what would have been the 68th birthday of original Charlie’s Angel and ’70s icon Farrah Fawcett AKA your new pinspiration. Think old school sportswear, fanned out hair and some strong flare wearing game.

Still can’t get enough of the dream decade? Shop ’70s style here.

 

THREE OF THE BEST LONDON NYE PARTIES

Posted on December 29, 2014

No plans for New Year’s Eve? Head to the big smoke for our pick of the best NYE parties in London.

The fancy dress party - PROHIBITION PARTY, BLOOMSBURY BALLROOM

It’s time to party Great Gatsby style. Head back to the ’20s for this Prohibition era-themed shindig, with jazz bands, Charleston dancers, gambling tables, silent movie screenings and a piano bar, all taking place at the grand Bloomsbury Ballroom. And remember to read our party rules for inspiration on what to wear…

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The swanky supper – 5 COURSE DINNER @ BEAGLE

Fancy a five course feast but can’t face cooking? The Beagle will lay it on for you. Found under Hoxton station, this restaurant is equal parts swish and cool, with high arched ceilings, exposed brick walls, and food that’s out of this world. The NYE menu kicks off with a charcuterie platter, followed by crab tortellini, steak and treacle tart to finish. Yum.

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The club night – FOUND PARTY @ CORONET THEATRE 

London party pros Found are taking over the Coronet Theatre for NYE, with six rooms and ten hours of house and techno fun. Want special treatment? A VIP ticket gives you access to a private tropical cocktail bar, VIP toilets and queue-jump into the venue.

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OH HEY, HOZIER

Posted on December 2, 2014

If you haven’t heard of Hozier yet, you’re about to: The Irish musician burst onto our radios earlier this year with his epic single (and equally intense video) Take Me To Church and has since been quietly becoming one of the biggest names of 2014. Tonight he plays the huge Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Earls Court alongside Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, kind of a big deal, no? We caught up with him to talk inspiration, famous fans and how he plans to keep focused on that runway…

How would you describe your sound?

I was raised with music all around me, there was always blues music playing in my house. Nina Simone, Tom Waits and Aretha Franklin were all big influences. It’s a Southern gothic sound, there’s an artist called Cold Specks who describes the sound as ‘Doom Soul’, I think that’s a really cool way of putting it.

What’s been the highlight of 2014 so far? 

Doing Jools Holland was a dream come true, I’d always wanted to do that. We played Saturday Night Live which was a big deal, Bill Hader and Kristen Wig were presenting.

You’ve recently been touring America, how did you find it?

I’ve been very lucky with very energetic, giving crowds and I try to keep the sound on stage as natural as possible. I spent a lot of time in the desert shooting my new video, From Eden. It was great, but we all went home filthy dirty and I did walk into a cactus at some stage – there were a lot of new experiences!

Are you looking forward to playing the Victoria’s Secret show? 

Yes! I’ve never played anything like it, it should be interesting. Admittedly I don’t know any of the Angels by name, I’m terrible with fashion. They’re going to be passing me by on the catwalk so I have to try and keep focused…

What’s been your most starstruck moment so far?

Some of the people you meet is so surreal. Colin Farrell came to a show in LA which was super cool, he was really, really nice. Taylor Swift has come to a show, and Adele. That was one of the biggest shocks, it’s one of the most rewarding feelings when people like that come to your shows because they’re the people that inspire you to do what you do.

Are there any artists you’re really excited about at the minute?

Yeah, I’m a big, big admirer of George The Poet, he’s so unique. Jack Garrett is one to watch too, he plays percussion and piano with a guitar around his neck and a loop pedal and he sings. Seeing him live is mind blowing.

Want more new music? See what happened when we caught up with Kiesza.

24 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS AT OXFORD CIRCUS

Posted on November 28, 2014

How does 24 days worth of festive Topshop treats sound? Good? You’re in luck, because that’s exactly what we’re offering in our London Oxford Circus store from the 1st December. As our largest store in the world, Topshop Oxford Circus is a haven of Christmas cheer during the festive season; jam packed with perfect presents and hundreds of options to pick from to create your ultimate party outfit. This year however, we’re taking it to the next level with awesome events happening in store every day to ease up your Christmas shopping stress and remind you that it is the season to be jolly after all.

We’re kicking off with an in store Instaprinter, where you can print off your favourite Insta pictures and add them to our style wall for the chance to win a £250 spending spree, then later in the week there’s a free sugar kick courtesy of Lola’s Cupcakes and complimentary manicures from WAH! Nails when you spend over £75. Plus, there’s an in store DJ set from all round cool girl Zara Martin and monogramming services to ensure your presents are extra personal this year. Head over to our Facebook page to check out the calendar of events, and prepare for your serious shopping situation to get a whole lot more fun.

Doing your shopping from the sofa this year? Check out our glittering gift guide for inspiration.

If you haven’t had chance to check out the Design Museum’s latest exhibition, Women Fashion Power yet, now’s your chance. We’re giving away 2 tickets! All you need to do is head to Twitter, retweet and prepare to channel your inner girl boss.

Vivienne Westwood

Designed by stellar architect Zaha Hadid, the show spans 150 years of empowering female fashion; from ouch-inducing corsets and intricately beaded flapper dresses, to ’60s shifts and skinny suits. Alongside some amazing pieces of historic and iconic clothing – worn by some of the most influential women – the exhibition showcases a 7 screen video installation from ShowStudio’s Ruth Hogben, featuring one-off interviews with the likes of Charlotte Olympia and Roksanda Ilincic about their ultimate power pieces. We particularly enjoyed being introduced to the world of beach pyjamas (yes, they’re a thing) and some incredible retro M&S advert footage when we headed down last week. Sound like your cup of tea? Head on over to Twitter.

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