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!
Posted on September 13, 2012
For years, the now style stars of Fashion Week existed in the shadow of anonymity, known only by the insiders of the very closed doors of the industry. But ever since the emergence of street style blogs, the stylists, editors, buyers and journalists attending Fashion Week have become icons as big as the models and designers covering the glossy pages of all our favourite magazines.
Some of them are assistants, fashion interns or students but their flair for experimentation has helped them stand out in the middle of an already very stylish crowd. Each season has a new style star and SS13’s was pink-haired CSM student Hannah Lambert who also happens to be renowned fashion journalist Sarah Mower’s assistant. She was snapped by photographer and street style blogger Candice Lake laughing, braces on show, wearing a vintage Moschino skirt, vintage Gun’s n Roses t-shirt and a bright orange and green Prada stole. Immediately the picture went viral thanks to Hannah’s fresh and fun “teen-meet-couture” style and online she was pioneered a new street style target to follow, scoring a feature in the following month’s British Vogue.
Pairing incredibly colourful designer pieces and prints is also the visual signature of the stylist and our favourite has to be Francesca Burns. The pint sized platinum blond stylist who recently took on the position of Fashion Editor at British Vogue always channels a cheeky demi-smile before the street style photographers waiting outside the shows. Pairing the quirky touch of a Christopher Kane gel clutch, Prada swirling baroque sunglasses, and a double J.W. Anderson coordinated paisley top and trousers, Fran as the acquainted call her, never goes un-noticed. She is a magpie for all the boldest pieces of each new collection. Prada makes a banana covered skirt? She will wear it. A fluffy purple furry purse? She’ll take it to the shows. A hand painted leather jacket from East London up-and-coming designer Claire Barrow? She’ll rock it like a boss. This is exactly why she attracts the photographer’s lens like a magnet and why the online community can’t get enough of her candy-delights looks. Neither can we!
There are the models that shine on the catwalk, on a shoot set, on the glossy pages of the magazines and then dress down once the job is done. And then there is Hanne Gaby Odiele. Not only is her face highly recognisable with that angular jaw line and high cheekbones, but she also has a talent for pulling colourful and printed clothes together in a weird model-dandy kind of way. She pairs oversized printed pyjama trousers with oversized African wax printed jacket and Navajo print shirt. Too much would you say? That’s casual for Hanne! She’ll even go for improbable accessories such as a cane to tone down the seriousness of a lady like Dior tailleur or won’t hesitate to opt for the editors’ no-go print: the cow print, in a pair of moo-ed boots, and get away with it. You now know why we keep this girl on our radar!
There’s been the bloggers, there have been the models and the fashion editors but the internet gets tired of its icons as fast as it adulates them. Lately we’ve seen the street style rise of Natalie Joos, a Belgian born casting agent who’s got that little something of a style that freshens up the Fashion Week landscape. Natalie is a 30 something edgy blonde who doesn’t shy away before a head to toe monochrome look- her red coat, tights, stilettos and purse look shot next to a pillar red British post box has been blogged all over the world. Slouchy sweaters or headscarves milkmaid style worn, yes Natalie is a bit of a specialist when it comes to wearing headwear without looking like she’s raided a fancy dress box. Joos who was a former model herself, barely wears any make up or styles her hair, for her it’s all about natural edgy relaxed high fashion outfits that exhale comfort and self confidence. Between her chunky knits and now signature headscarf, we can’t help but melt for Natalie’s style.
Very dear to our heart is a lady who was one of the first to be crowned street-style queen during Fashion Week a few years ago. Representing in front of the wild wild world, the creative quirkiness that is east London, Katie Shillingford, fashion director of Dazed and Confused magazine earned her stripes as an all time street style star the day she got shot by Tommy Ton from Jak & Jill at Paris fashion week with her dip dye platinum blonde and black tips bob. At the time it was the very beginning of the fashion world craziness over coloured hair and also the birth of the Gareth Pugh obsession. Fashion forward Shillingford had both Gareth Pugh as a best friend and an ever-changing hair colour provided by her close friend Alex Brownswell who owns London’s go-to salon Bleach. Spot on! From dark turquoise to dip-dye black, cotton candy pink or more recently light neon green, her hair, and the panting style stalkers behind their screens, saw about every pantone shade under the sun. Far from being an extravagant person, Katie’s sweet face and shy smile are as refreshing as the looks she pulls together. Often seen in a shirt of some sort, she pairs them with glittery heels, schoolgirl hair clips and a chunky furry coat. A high fashion Care Bear in a Barbie doll world!
We’ll be tracking down these ladies on the streets at London Fashion Week, excited to see the next look they’ll pull out of their closet. Find them on our Tumblr and our Instagram as we’ll be live posting during the shows!
Posted on August 17, 2012
Photograph by Kava Gorma for Refinery29.com
Caroline Polachek is the kind of girl we’d all like to be. Not only is she the dreamy vocals and keys behind Brooklyn synth-pop duo Chairlift but the champion of chic nonchalant dressing we all long to emulate. Having modeled for Marc Jacobs and penned a track for The Lake & Stars latest fashion show Caroline has successfully managed to tread the line between music and fashion.
Photography by Ryan Kenny for Oyster Magazine
And for our lucky New York shoppers, there’s a chance for you to see her in action! The twenty-something with a newly dropped album will be unleashing her soothing vocals at Topshop’s The Surf Lodge in Montauk, The Hamptons, this weekend for a one-off gig (check out the Facebook Event if you haven’t already – there’ll be cocktails on tap and surprises galore!) So what better time for us to pick the brains of her very pretty head and talk favourite gigs of the summer, Brian Eno and a certain goth-letic dress she’s never without.
What music are you currently listening to?
Julia Holter, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Ariel Pink.
What artist – past or present – most heavily inspires your music?
Finding out about Brian Eno, particularly his “Another Green World” album was definitely a turning point for me.
Your music has been described as psych or synthpop – what do you think of this label and would you change it?
I’m quite happy with either, I even prefer the two together.
How does this new album differ from your first?
This record explores sadness and mania, even conflicting emotions, in a way that our first didn’t. It’s more personal. We also got obsessed with making the sounds on the album have a physicality: like wood, ice, yellow snakes, purple and vapour.
What’s been your best gig of the summer?
Playing Optimus Primavera festival in Portugal. We’d never been there before- the site was right next to this vast beach with industrial buildings around it, it was like being in some lonely anime scene. And then by contrast, the show was so explosive and packed, the kids were crazy. We played alongside Beach House, Neon Indian, and War On Drugs, who are all such great people- the night ended with us all hanging out eating weird anchovy pizza and drinking port wine.
Do you have any pre-performance rituals?
I enjoy walking around in the audience before our shows sometimes, it’s exciting to see the stage from that point of view, and feel the energy in the room before going on.
What’s your favourite outfit to wear on stage?
Lately I’ve been really into wearing oversize scrubs.
What’s your favourite label to wear?
What are the packing essentials whilst touring?
I have a black men’s windbreaker that I chopped the sleeves off of. It functions as a raincoat, and also as a goth-letic dress when paired with heels. I never take a trip without it.
What is it about Brooklyn that you love so much?
Being around our friends.
To keep up with what’s going on at our pop-up shop in Montauk, the Hamptons, make sure you’re following us on Twitter.
Posted on August 15, 2012
If we could join any celebrity’s entourage there’s no question it would be Beyoncé’s. The iconic performer who we’ve been swooning over since her Destiny’s Child leather clad debut right up until her jaw-dropping Glasto performance has added to our obsession with the launch of her sleek website. Not only is it filled with inspirational notes and videos galore but personal snaps of her awesome travels, beautiful-looking family and very well dressed friends. So, when her latest batch of lustful pics came in this week we couldn’t bey-lieve our eyes spotting our favourite songstress rocking a whole host of Topshop pieces!
From chilling on a garden swing with hubby Jay-Z in an embroidered maxi to piling on a private jet with her girlfriends in a limited edition Maarten Van Der Hoorst for Topshop blazer; we can’t help agreeing, the girl’s got good taste. And it doesn’t end there, Bey was caught toting our cross body tribal bag in more than one pic as well as getting comfy in our Aztec onesie. Even little sister Solange – who is fast becoming a major style icon – went head-to-toe in Topshop Boutique’s matching short suit. Knowles-Carter we salute you!
All photography from http://iam.beyonce.com/
Posted on August 10, 2012
It’s time for a love-in moment and today we’ve fallen for the lovely Miss Cara Delevingne. The model and socialite stole the fashion industry’s heart when her serious eyebrows and Cinderella-blonde hair landed her the ultimate campaign as the face of the achingly cool Burberry Prorsum and the work hasn’t stopped since. Spreads in fab French magazine Self Service, shoots for Chanel Cruise collection and starring on the cover of hip zine i-D; we just can’t stop waxing lyrical about the London teen (she’s only nineteen, you know!)
So, we squealed with excitement when we found out she’d be starring alongside Keira Knightley and Jude Law in the up coming cinema epic, Anna Karenina. The lucky lady swapped Bruce Weber - who shot her for LOVE magazine’s last issue - with Joe Wright behind the lens, for the film set in a very glamorous 19th century Russia. As if her new acting career wasn’t enough to fill her plate she still manages to hang out with hot rap property Azealia Banks (another office fave), dance the weekend away at the raucous Secret Garden Party and take a trip to Ibiza! Her Twitter account is one endless stream of fun.
Cara Delevigne for Chanel Cruise SS13 by Karl Lagerfeld