HANNAH MURRAY: YOUR WEEK IN MAKE-UP

Posted on November 20, 2012

Make-up is a tricky thing. A layer of mascara too many, you’re in drag; A layer of foundation too little, you’re ghostly. Thank the beauty gods for make-up artist du jour Hannah Murray, who’s here to save your face for the season that’s all about looking good.

Murray has been spreading her magic across the industry for years, creating swoon-worthy campaigns for the likes of Alexander Wang and Jil Sander as well as striking editorials and front covers for major tastemakers i-D and British Vogue to our niche loves like Acne Paper and The Gentlewoman. Murray has stolen beauty journalists hearts both with her high-impact advertorials but also with her do-it-at-home nature. As for us at Topshop, we couldn’t pick a better consultant for our make-up collection. She’s even turned the whole office into make-up artists with her step by step make-up tutorials.

So, there’s no wonder ELLE magazine asked her expertise for an editorial dedicated to a week in make up to celebrate them giving away some delicious Topshop make-up goodies with every subscription this month. Murray jumped on board to create seven, (yes, seven!) day to night looks that you too can make work whatever the weather. Below, we’ve given a glimpse of three of our favourite looks but head over to ElleUK to find the rest!

60′s Coquettish Cool

Graphic Pop

Now we just have to follow Hannah’s tips and get practicing! Let us know what looks you try and whether they work out.

BEHIND THE SCENES WITH HANNAH LAMBERT

Posted on November 14, 2012

Hannah’s make up done by Hannah Philips with the Louise Gray collection

It was just a few weeks ago when we spent a fun day out of the office at London’s Kew gardens with Hannah Lambert, the rising star of street style and expert creator of outfits to wow in. Assistant to internationally respected fashion writer and contributing editor of American Vogue, Sarah Mower, Hannah is well-educated in the high paced fashion world. Allowing us to riffle through her designer-strewn wardrobe we threw together gems such as a Dolce & Gabbana choker with Meadham Kirchhoff pompom platforms and a Chewbacca purse that she found in a toy shop! If there’s one thing you ought to know about Hannah, it’s that she likes anything furry. We can also reveal that her Whatsapp profile picture is a furry cartoonish animal! Yes, we Whatsapped, that’s how cool we are.

Josie Gealer our photographer in action and our stylist Coline Bach trying on Hannah’s Louise Gray fur jacket

In a nutshell this girl is too cool. More than a girl crush, rather a discovery and a refreshing example to guide us out of the boring roads of fashion and inspire us to mix up our own wardrobes. The first time we interviewed Hannah she told us she hated having her picture taken. “What a waste!” we thought, thinking about all these great outfits that may never be immortalized. “It’s sort of bizarre, I’m massively awkward so I usually say no if I’m asked to get my picture taken,” she confessed. But here at Topshop HQ we won’t take no for an answer, especially from our style crush of the year. Never one to shy away, we asked Hannah very nicely if she wanted to play dress up with us in our Psychedelic Dandy collection and, by some great miracle, she said yes!

The beautiful autumn leaves colours in Kew garden and our glamorous make up spot with make up artist Hannah Philips working her magic

We met Hannah, on an early Tuesday morning at Kew Gardens tube station: us, with a suitcase full of our kaleidoscopic Psychedelic Dandy collection and her, with a garbage bag —literally it was a garbage bag— full of designer pieces. In keeping with the glamorous surroundings the local coffee shop became the changing rooms and make up area for the shoot and off Hannah went to work her magic.

The morning visitors all looked very amused when the colourful Hannah started posing on a staircase in front of the flourishing canopy of plants donned in a mixture of Prada and Topshop. Throughout the day our photographer Josie Gealer tried to get Hannah to smile but having braces —that she hates— she refused and kept very closed lipped.

Hannah’s wonderful Meadham Kirchhoff platforms

After a few fearful moments – a broken Balenciaga earring and a hunt through the autumn leaves for the remaining part— we headed back to our starting point: the local coffee shop for a warm and comforting cuppa and lunch before leaving Hannah running back to University, her couture garbage bag swinging on her shoulder. Browse Hannah’s feature and interview here.

HALLOWEEN INSPIRATION FROM THE STARS

Posted on October 26, 2012

When it comes to celebrity Halloween parties there’s no fancy dress party quite like a Heidi Klum fancy dress party. The German model and TV presenter is notorious for her boundary pushing costumes, fanciful spreads and A-list guests who are equally as enthusiastic in their transformation stakes. As the season of skulls, pumpkins and #TrickorTweet approaches we thought what better way to inspire some serious costumes than with a post dedicated to the excessive looks created by the stars who love Halloween almost as much as we do!

If even Ska girl Gwen Stefani goes to the ball as Cinderella, then it must be true, every girl wants to be a Disney Princess! Goodbye to Stefani’s check trousers and yolk yellow hair and hello to the most realistic princess dress we’ve ever seen. Stefani has clearly had Cinderella on repeat to get this sort of attention to detail. Cue: elegant tiara, blown out fringe and white gloves. Perfect! That’s not to take anything away from our Queen Bee – Beyonce! – who couldn’t have picked a more apt costume. The diva was pregnant with Ivy Blue Carter when she donned her furry, spherical bee costume which not only nicely hid her baby bump but showed off her fabulous as always pins. There’s got to be a way of recreating this with chicken wire and faux-fur, yes?!

If there’s a prize for cuteness, it’s got to go to Buffy star Alyson Hannigan. Us Topshop girls have yet to stop cooing over her all-in-one kangaroo costume complete with a pouch for her very own marsupial dressed baby. (We highly recommend googling Alyson Hannigan for more oh-so-adorable Halloween costumes). As for Gossip Girl and fellow Buffy star Michelle Trachtenberg decided to go for a more artsy approach and took to one of director Tim Burton’s sketches ‘Blue Girl with Wine’ for inspiration to her costume. With all that smurf paint and serious eyelashes, this is what we call a dedicated effort!

With all these brilliant ideas we’re overwhelmed with what we should go as! Any tips or tricks? Send your Twitpic, Instagram or Tweets to @Topshop using the hashtag #TrickorTweet with a chance to win £100/$150 shopping spree!

CARTOONY FASHPACK

Posted on October 10, 2012

We were pretty excited when we discovered Joana Avillez’s illustrations of fashion’s top editors transformed into cartoon form for the online style website Refinery 29.

 

All perfectly re-imagined in their signature styles with a cheeky note explaining a fun fact, quote, or their title, Joana’s illustrations are a treat for the fashion savvy eye.

Anna Dello Russo is immortalised in her hyper-cherries headband; Anna Wintour in her eternal Chanel two-piece suit; Emmanuelle Alt pulls off a moody attitude and pin-like legs; Carine Roitfled gives a smoky eye that Avillez calls the “tired but sexy” look; Julia Sarr-Jamois is head to toe fur in an Alberta Ferreti blue shearling coat; Olivier Zahm gets his perpetual aviator amber-coloured shades; And Katie Grand a takeaway coffee and a mention of her rabbit Clara.

 

These illustrations offer a lighter and playful insight into fashion after drama-fuelled nature of fashion weeks gone by – need we mention Cathy Horyn and Heidi Slimane’s quarrels and Jalouse’s French editor Jennifer Eymere slapping Zac Posen’s PR? We caught up with Joana to ask her a few questions about her very fashiony scribbles.

 

Why did you start drawing fashion personalities?  

I have always been obsessed with eccentrics and people with outlandish style, and so the fashion personalities project came out of a desire to catalogue them.  I love how some people create a uniform — they feel most themselves in something that can be so particular.  A bowler hat just really does it for some people!

How did you get such a sharp vision of each of the characters you drew, did you meet every single one of them?  

No, unfortunately, I did not!  Usually when I am drawing, especially a very funny pose or facial expression, I like to get up and get into the pose myself.  Or I make the facial expression so I know how it feels. Some of these people you just see walking around New York; I see Grace Coddington around a lot for example. I think each is so unique that a very clear wardrobe pattern emerges just by looking at three pictures of them.

Where did you get the cute little anecdotes such as the Julia Sarr Jamois’s Halloween costume details or the fact that Anna Wintour was wearing her Chanel skirt suit with the zip open during her pregnancies?

The internet is full of surprises!

Which one of these characters is your favourite? Which one was the most difficult to draw?  

My favorites are Grace Coddington, Rei Kowakubo and Tavi Gevinson.  But I love so many things about each of them, for example Suzy Menkes’ hair flip or Daphne Guinness’ elaborate dressing that verges on contortion. The most difficult to draw was Anna Piaggi, that kind of arrangement was hard to translate.

Do you have any other cool fashiony projects in the pipeline?  

Yes! Refinery29 and I are creating T-shirts of many of the favorite fashion characters for Christmas 2012.  I have many other exciting things in the pipeline that I don’t think I should talk about yet, but stay tuned!

Which fashion insiders are next on your list?

Lynn Yaeger, Hamish Bowles and Karl Lagerfeld — finally! There are so many great dressers I’m not sure there will be an end.

Watch this space for Joana’s next cute to boot illustration.

STILETTO NAILS

Posted on October 2, 2012

Over the past few months a nail frenzy started to emerge, not on the catwalks or glossy magazine pages, but on the hands of our beloved pop stars. “Well… they all go hand in hand together right?” Not this time! It seems the witching shards have in fact left editors and designers out in the cold.

The first to get her claws out was of course fearless mother monster Lady Gaga, who curved her “paws” in front of masses of photographers to show off a more threatening trend of nail. Next came internet sensation turned world mega star, Lana Del Rey, artfully placing her talons to the public eye on various Vogue editorials and covers, quickly followed by the likes of Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and Brits stars Adele, Jessie J and Rita Ora.

Razor sharp, long and feminine, the trend has now taken off on the internet, especially across various social media channels like Tumblr and Instagram, which allow users to post multiple pictures straight after their mani – in fact, you might have noticed on our own Instagram account that one of our HQ girls has fallen for the deadly dagger nails too!

Despite the multiple compliments she received on her Hitchcock-heroine style tips, she regrettably admitted that they were far from practical; everything from typing on the keyboard to fastening a necklace or worse, using an iphone became a high risk mission. But then of course, with no pain comes no gain and so she continues to flaunt her talons with all the grace of a Dita Von Teese pin-up dancing in a giant champagne flute or Catwoman style, ready to challenge any baddie with one fierce swipe. Stylish and dangerous then.

We took ourselves for a WAH nails bewitching talon session in our Oxford Circus flagship and ended up with these maleficent nail-arts and 3 sets of razor sharp claws.  So you see, we couldn’t help but shoot them all be-jewelled and turn them into these ridiculously cool Gifs.

So what does Topshop’s Head Beauty Buyer, Louisa Maaldrink have to say on the trend?

“I love it! Nails are so important; they’re even becoming an accessory all on their own. It’s about piling it on and being as daring as possible – think embellishment in all guises from studs, gems, decals, sequins and glitter to the fakest of fakes. Even if you’re not daring in the way you dress, you can still mix it up with your nails. In Tokyo, the trend has taken off so much they have specialist shops that sell acrylics at incredibly high prices and in beautiful keepsake boxes – they’ve become like jewellery.

Are you ready to get fierce and rock the trend? If you also want to get some awesome claws visit Wah Nails for ideas and book an appointment in store!

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