TOPSHOP TARGETS BREAST CANCER

Posted on April 9, 2014

We like nothing better than a feel good fashion fix, which is why we’ve teamed up with Fashion Targets Breast Cancer once again – the amazing charity dedicated to saving lives through improving early diagnosis, developing new treatments and preventing all types of the disease. This year we’re showing our love with a cool slogan heart t-shirt, and you’ll be happy to hear that 30 percent of proceeds will go straight to the cause. With this in mind there’s really no excuse to pick one up, raise awareness and fight breast cancer in style.

One inspirational woman doing just that is model and writer Laura Bailey. This year she joined Fashion Targets Breast Cancer alumni including Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Twiggy as a spokesmodel for the charity, urging you lovely lot to #wearyoursupport by buying pieces from the collection. We caught up with her to find out what makes the charity so close to her heart.

How did you get involved with FTBC?

I’d worked with FTBC in the past, and this time I said an immediate yes to the chance to be part of an important campaign alongside incredible women and an inspiring team.

How can fashion help the cause?

Fashion Targets Breast Cancer has raised over £13 million for life-saving research – we can all help to raise awareness and donate by buying specially designed products such as Topshop’s tee. The fashion industry offers a dynamic springboard to the campaign, marrying the idea of something we want to wear with something we want to say – or change. We can wear our hearts on our hearts…

What will you be wearing it with?

Pride. And anything – but perhaps when the sun’s shining with my denim cut-offs, or a floral midi-skirt. Or hopefully next week, just my bikini.

How would you describe your style?

English, emotional, eclectic, impulsive. Rapunzel in hi-tops.

Who inspires your style?

Three women whose style (and more) I’m always inspired by are Amanda Harlech, Bella Freud and Lou Doillon. And Catherine Deneuve is forever my beauty icon.

Your career has spanned model, writer, BFC ambassador and more. What’s been the highlight?

I tend to be most excited about the here and now, and rarely look back. But the most fulfilling fashion experiences are always thanks to inspiring collaboration, whether that’s with a photographer, filmmaker, stylist or designer. I recently loved working with jewellery designer Solange Azagury Partridge on ‘Metamorphosis,’ a stop-frame animated film where I worked alongside dancing gold skeletons and a Pandora’s box of treasures. And on the flip-side, much as I thrive on teamwork, I’m also happy travelling alone, with just my camera and notebooks, far from the maddening crowd.

What are you most proud of in life?

My extraordinary kids.

What advice would you give to yourself in your late teens/early 20s?

Relax. Have faith. And don’t give up French.

What does the next year have in store for you?

Adventures.

Make like Laura and support Fashion Targets Breast Cancer by picking up a Fashion Targets ‘Love’ Tee.

THE PIERCES RETURN

Posted on April 8, 2014

It feels like a lifetime since The Pierces last wowed us with their dreamy harmonised folk (or three years if we’re sticking to the facts), but this spring sees the welcome return of the Alabama sister act to our airwaves. With a fifth album in the works, the girls have just dropped new track ‘Believe In Me’ – a feel-good pop hit that’s a long departure from the more melancholy sound we’ve come to know from the girls.

So what’s cheered them up? A relocation to sunny LA might have something to do with it, inspiring a care-free direction with driving drums and sing-along choruses. Think Fleetwood Mac minus the heartache and you’ll get the idea. We caught up with brunette haired Allison to find out more.

You’ve been in the music industry a long time. How have things changed?

We’ve become more sure of what we want. When we first started out we were very young and innocent! We’ve grown and changed a lot as people and have become more clear over the years. And we’ve learned patience!

Did your upbringing shape your sound?

Our father is a musician and our mother a painter, so we grew up in a very creative environment. We were in encouraged to express ourselves and do what we love, so yes, it definitely shaped our path.

How has the new album moved on from your earlier records?

This record has a bigger soundscape with lots of dreamy synths and powerful drums. It has a fresher, more modern sound than our last record. We love the way it turned out!

You’ve lived in LA and New York. How do they each inspire you?

Los Angeles inspires our music everyday because of the beautiful weather and incredible outdoor activities that are available to you. But I must say, Los Angeles doesn’t have the style that New York has. I miss being able to walk out my front door and be inspired by the personal style of the people in my neighbourhood. Nobody beats New York for style – except possibly London… it’s a very close race!

If we had just one hour in New York – where should we go?

What I would do is go sit at Marlowe and Sons and absorb as much food and drink as possible.

What’s your favourite music video?

That’s a really tough question to answer, but off the top of my head I’m going to say Arctic Monkeys ‘R U Mine’. It’s unexpected, unpredictable, badass, sexy and just really cool.

Do you both listen to the same music in your time off?

Yes, we have very similar taste in most everything, but I’ve been listening to a lot of indie melodic guy rock bands and Catherine recently informed me that she thinks they all sound the same, so I guess not at the moment.

How would you describe your style? Any icons?

I like to be comfortable but still look good at the same time – sexy without being overt. Icons would be, Kate Moss, of course, Alexa Chung and Jane Birkin.

Song with the best lyrics of all time?

‘Woman of Heart and Mind’ by Joni Mitchell.

Who would be the dream third member of The Pierces?

Michael Fassbender!

Listen to ‘Believe in Me’ below and catch The Pierces play one of their UK gigs in June.

Wed June 11 2014 – KOKO, London

Thu June 12 2014 – Club Academy, Manchester

Sat June 14 2014 – Oran Mor, Glasgow

THE ULTIMATE GLAMOUR OF ITALIAN FASHION

Posted on April 7, 2014

Photo by G.M. Fadigati, © Giorgini Archive, Florence

The late great fashion writer, Anna Piaggi, once wrote, “Italian fashion designers are a secret society make up of pioneers, a few investors and a few poets. They are the new phenomenon and the new elite.” Impressive, eh? And never does that statement feel more poignant than at the V&A’s mega new exhibition, The Glamour of Italian Fashion.

Let’s be fair, the curators couldn’t have picked a subject with more natural ability to shine and dazzle if they tried. Yes, we’re Brit fashion girls at heart at Topshop but when it comes to fashion history and craftsmanship the Italians steal the scene. Whether it’s Miuccia Prada’s latest flame-toting heels, Gucci’s peak-a-boo evening line (yes, that JLO one) or a dramatic Dolce and Gabbana hand-painted couture gown, the names, silhouettes and styles from Italy’s fashion designers have always been in the headlines.

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The show is a rich timeline of the Italian fashion industry that spans the country’s post World War 2 fashion boom, Hollywood’s affair with Italian designers to an uncertain present day. For us, the most enthralling moments were seeing the glamour up-close. We swooned over encrusted dresses and held our breath over bejewelled capes: it is worth the trip just to go saucer-eyed over Mila Schön’s sequin-covered kaftan that was worn by Marella Agnelli at Capote’s legendary Black and White Ball.

So if you fancy musing over Moschino’s cheeky map dress or discovering the palazzo pant (Jackie Kennedy was a big fan!) there’s no better place to spend a Sunday afternoon.

The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 – 2014 runs from 5th April – 27th July.

VOGUE DEBUTS TOPSHOP X KATE MOSS

Posted on April 4, 2014

If you haven’t heard the news by now we don’t know where you’ve been, (a desert island perhaps?), but supermodel and style-icon Kate Moss is returning to Topshop with a brand new collection! Inspired by Kate’s renowned vintage wardrobe and standout pieces from collection’s past, the new line is an irresistible ode to Kate’s innate sense of style. We can’t tell you much more about the clothes until the collection launches on 30th April, but you can catch an exclusive first look in the latest issue of British Vogue.

The May edition of the iconic style bible sees Mossy looking breathtaking as ever on the cover. Nothing new you might think, considering she’s graced the cover of Vogue – oh, we don’t know – a million times during her career?! But this issue she’s modelling one of her very own Topshop designs – a scene-stealing fringed jacket she created to replace one that she’d lost.

Inside the mag you’ll find even more sneak peeks; Kate stepped up as Contributing Fashion Editor this issue, styling fellow supermodel Freja Beha Erichsen for a stellar shoot. Pick up a copy to see the Danish beauty showcase Kate’s twist on classic boho – with detailed embroidery, intricate Aztec prints and tassels galore. We can’t wait to get ours hands on it!

The May issue of British Vogue is available to buy at selected Topshop stores and online. Topshop x Kate Moss launches 30.04.2014.

LOU TEASDALE SHARES HER CRAFT

Posted on April 2, 2014

You may have noticed an Instagram snap of us hanging out with a certain Mr. Harry Styles recently – and yes, we’ve got to admit it was the highlight of our week. Harry caused a serious stir as he rocked up to London’s Ace Hotel, to party alongside fellow 1D bandmate Liam Payne, the Rizzle Kicks boys, Ed Sheeran and fashion designer Henry Holland. And the reason for this star studded extravaganza? To support Lou Teasdale, Personal Groomer of One Direction, at the launch party of her first book, The Craft

But theres more to Lou Teasdale then styling Harry Styles’ (albeit perfect) hair and being bezzie mates with the A-listers. She’s a top expert in her field, working behind the scenes as hair and make-up artist on the X Factor, a trendsetter and implementer of the latest beauty trends and teaming up with some of the world’s most iconic fashion photographers for shoots and campaigns. The Craft is Lou’s chance to share her expert knowledge with all of you, with step-by-step tutorials, insider tricks and inspiration from the streets of London. We chatted to Lou over cocktails and tarot cards at the launch to find out more…

What makes The Craft different from other beauty bibles?

The Craft ventures away from classic beauty looks and encourages girls to be creative with their hair and make-up.

Who did you write it for?

The book is for girls who might be just discovering make-up and expressing themselves through fashion and beauty.

The book is full off bright hair and make-up. What makes colour so on-trend right now?

I think the ’90s revival is playing a big part in this direction that fashion and beauty is taking. For the past couple of years we’ve seen a lot of bright colours in hair on the catwalks and it’s now becoming a very common trend being offered in salons up and down the country.

Who’s the most inspirational person you’ve ever worked with?

I once did a shoot with Juergen Teller. He was shooting One Direction for Sunday Times Style and I was pretty speechless. He’s a very influential guy and I almost felt start struck!

Whose hair would you love to get your hands on?

Miley Cyrus! I think she’s wicked and seems up for anything!

What were your favourite beauty looks from the AW14 catwalks?

I liked what Sam McKnight did for Chanel – dreadlock ponytails that mimicked the Chanel handbag straps. Very clever.

What hair products should we be investing in for summer?

My top three products for this summer are the Fudge Urban Powder Styler, Paw Paw Ointment for lips and Miss Manga Mascara from L’Oreal Paris.

Do you use the Topshop make-up range?

My fave Topshop product is the Blush in Flush which is a pinky crème blusher amazing for ‘no make-up make -up’ in summer. All you need is a bit of that on your cheeks and mascara and you’re set. Also I LOVE the brushes.

 The Craft By Lou Teasdale is available to buy on Amazon (Hardie Grant, £9.99). Photography: Masha Mel & Justin Borberly.

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