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.
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.
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.
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.
Got any plans this weekend? We’re taking a trip to the IMAX to watch our top pick this week …
The director of Inception and the Dark Knight trilogy, Christopher Nolan, returns this autumn with another twisty sci-fi tale. But where the Dark Knight trilogy focused on Batman and his attempt, in part, to keep Gotham safe, Interstellar is concerned with a group of explorers who find a wormhole and travel across the vast gulf of space searching for a new home. It stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain and Mackenzie Foy – don’t wait for an Orange Wednesday, go now!
We gave a sneak preview of our new 5th Avenue store (opening Wednesday at 12pm – don’t forget!) to a select number of digital editors and bloggers. Shopping, selfies and swooning ensued…
1. OUR STYLE INSIDERS ARE SERIOUSLY GORGE (AND LOVE SHOPPING AS MUCH AS WE DO)
Hailey Baldwin, Kate Foley and Julia Restoin Roitfeld all rocked up in their finest Topshop gear to browse the new store and meet some of the digital editors around. Hailey rocked a polka dot mini dress whilst Kate kept it minimal in culottes and Julia stuck to her classic all black ensemble. There was no messing around when it came to shopping and the three of them immediately heading to our chic Personal Shopping areas to get the special treatment.
2. BLOGGERS SHARED THE LOVE
From Denni Elias of Chic Muse‘s epic eye liner to Fashion Guitar‘s Charlotte Groeneveld’s sumptuous grey jumper, we were swooning over star bloggers who came out to browse our new 5th Avenue store. “It’s so beautiful, light and spacious,” said Charlotte, “I just have to have that patchwatch fur coat!” For Christina of Trop Rouge it was all bout the mini skirt, “I’m so into mod style at the moment and these minis are just perfect,” she said. “I love having a bit of true European style in New York!”
3. EVERYONE LOVES A BABY HUSKY
We partnered up with our bros at Topman for our preview event but as well as there being lots of eye candy on hand, there was also an unexpected visitor in the shape of a tiny baby husky! Blogger Justin Livingston brought along his new little pal Puck – a miniature husky that got a lot of attention. Cute or what?!
4. MADELINE POOLE IS THE QUEEN OF NAILS
Alongside the live DJ – with tunes from the lovely Kitty Cash DJ – complimentary makeovers and Twitter Mirror action, nail star on the rise Madeline Poole was on hand (literally) to provide edgy 5th Ave nail art. Faran Krentcil – Digital Special Projects at Elle – turned over her paws for a seriously glittery effect.
5. THE TWITTER MIRROR IS AWESOME
The Selfie has moved on and thanks to our friends in blue we had our very own Twitter Mirror in which bloggers, editors and our Style Insiders could use to share their selfies direct from the store. Want to see more? Check out our Twitter page to get the low down.