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.
Heading out in East London but tired of the same old bars and restraurants? Check out these hot new spaces giving the area a new lease of nightlife!
What’s the deal? The dip-dye gurus behind Bleach hairdressers have opened up their very own bar! Found just down the road from the Dalston salon, this new space has a cool dive bar feel, complete with a graffiti-spattered interior designed by set designer (and Topshop collaborator) David White.
Drink: Any of the LOLs-named cocktails, our favourites being the ‘Abba-synth’ (Absinthe-based mix) and ‘Wonky Direction’ (Lemon, Whiskey Bourbon and Egg Whites).
Eat: Delicious bar snacks from TART, the fashion world’s favourite catering duo.
What’s the deal? This Hackney spot has come a long way since its days as a ’50s laundry. Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien teamed up with a local entrepreneur to transform the building into a super-slick restaurant. Not only is the space huge, (especially compared to East London’s often pokey venues), every little detail is careful thought out – from the vinatge printing presses that line the walls to the so-now succulents on every table.
Drink: The Kick-Starter cocktail – a chilli based drink lovingly created by manager Chris – sure to start your night with a bang.
Eat: Everything on the menu! But if you order just one thing, make it the kedegree-filled scotch egg. To-die-for.
It’s nearly time for Notting Hill Carnival which means we’re gearing up for two days of out-there costumes, great music and of course some serious dancing! To get us all in the mood, who better to chat to than one of its coolest dancers? Zizi Scandal (real name Aziza Jones) is the 21 year old star from dancehall crew The Heatwave, whose Hot Wuk parties are one of the hottest at Carnival every year!
Hi Zizi! How did you get into dance?
I have always danced as a child, but I never pursued it professionally until I met The Heatwave at Notting Hill Carnival in 2011!
Can you sum up your dance style in three words?
Provocative. Fun. Energetic.
What are you most looking forward to about Carnival?
I’m so excited to perform on the Red Bull stage with the rest of The Heatwave crew!
What will you wear?
On the morning I’ll be heading up one of the trucks as part of the parade, so will be rocking top-to-toe white to represent the Angel of Hope. And for my Red bull performance… you’ll have to wait and see.
What’s a Heatwave party like?
It’s a party where no-one behaves!
What’s been the best place you’ve danced apart from Carnival?
The one that sticks out is our boat party at Outlook festival in Croatia. It was epic. Hundreds of people in the middle of the ocean with nothing around you but sea, good music and a boat full of people ready to party till the sun goes down. Words cannot describe!
How would you describe your look?
I don’t really have a look. I have a billion looks! I wake up in the morning and dress however I feel. Vintage, punk rock, current fashion, tomboyish whatever!
Who’s wardrobe would you love to trade with?
What does the future hold for you?
I want to travel the world just living life on the go, exploring new countries and cultures. That would be so perfect.