POSTCARD FROM… BERLIN

Posted on July 22, 2015

Our latest postcard has arrived from Berlin – where Natalie Prass snapped us a photo diary backstage on tour. Our favourite new singer from Nashville, Natalie’s self-titled debut album mixes her light and lilting voice with tales of heartbreak – taking inspiration from music greats from Dolly Parton to Jenny Lewis. Click the images below to see Natalie in the run up to her gig at Berlin’s uber-cool music venue Privatclub.

TOPSHOP RECLAIM: THE LOWDOWN

Posted on July 17, 2015

When you think eco-fashion you think hemp and patchwork, right? That’s about to change with our new Topshop Reclaim collection. It all started as a collaboration with eco pioneers Orsola de Castro and Filippo Ricci and their company Reclaim to Wear. Since 1997 the pair have been dedicated to changing the amount of textile waste our planet is responsible for, by taking leftover materials and transforming them into new pieces AKA upcycling: a technique inspired by the punk movement – think shredding, safety pins and patches – and the frayed, patchwork effects used by fashion houses such as Maison Martin Margiela and Commes Des Garçons.

This season we’ve gone it alone to create a capsule collection of Topshop pieces, created using recycled sustainable materials. Giving a nod to the ’90s with frayed collarless jackets and white denim, there’s also dreamy silk florals and delicate sheer overlays on tops and skirts. Want inspiration on how to wear it? See how Personal Shopper Hannah Twist has styled her favourite pieces below.

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FASHION INSIDERS SAY #BRINGTHATBACK

Posted on July 15, 2015

Remember the thrill of buying your first Topshop piece? Us too and so we’re running a competition to bring back a piece of vintage Topshop that you guys love. Need some inspiration? We spoke with some of our fashion insider friends about their favourite past pieces of Topshop and the memories made while wearing it…

Leandra Medine, founder of Manrepeller

“I have a floral romper, which I bought in 2008 and still wear. It’s printed with wide leg holes so is super airy for the summer and the right amount of feminine to be reworked with a leather or utility jacket to make it seem more masculine/styled. I wore it on the first day of my first internship!”

Lou Stopppard, editor at SHOWSTUDIO

“It’s the most basic item – but I’ll always remember those perfect ribbed vests from the mid 00s. The white ones was my favourite – I wore it to death with skinny jeans. Super simple, but it was the coolest item you could wear at the time. So ahead of the whole normcore, uniform dressing movement!”

Naomi Smart, Junior Style Associate at British Vogue

“For the archive piece of my own, I had a sassy blue Chinese silk dress that I wore to my first school disco at 13, teamed with crisp Vans instead of heels, I was already 5ft 10 after all. I slow danced, snogged and stomped to Blur all night! I wish I still had it and a picture to go with!”

Victoria Young, Stylist

“My favourite and most well-loved Topshop piece is a leather pleated dungaree dress which is years old that my Mum bought for me. I can’t bear to get rid of it as it holds such sentimental value and reminds me of the days when I used to dress like a provincial dominatrix.”

Zara Martin, DJ and presenter 

“My leopard print faux fur Toshop coat is my best friend. It’s accompanied me on many flights, music festivals, fashion weeks, DJ gigs, photo shoots, supermarket runs. I mean, I’ve worn it so much my friends have given it a name… Not only is Vera versatile but she goes with everything, because we all know leopard is a neutral. LOL. Here I am in it with my DJ wife Whinnie Williams!”

Lulu Kennedy, Fashion East Founder and designer

“I love the loud print and boxy cut of this gold printed sweatshirt and matching pencil skirt – they’re both cool pieces that go with everything else in your wardrobe. I wore it with some black velvet heels for a red carpet do, super casual, very me!”

Pandora Sykes, Sunday Times Style Wardrobe Mistress

“A ra ra skirt… when I was 14! I wore it to a disco and definitely snogged a boy.“

Julia Hobbs, Junior Fashion Features Associate at British Vogue 

“A black floral slip dress, from circa 1996! This belonged (technically still does belong) to my older sister. She was the school rebel, perennially On Report for dying skunk stripes in her hair or switching her school blazer for a black PVC trench coat. I would watch her applying painstakingly perfect 60s make up, piling on the kohl and nude lipstick before nights out at Bojangles in Guildford. Her girl group always wore matching clothes – white platform knee high boots, satin slip dresses with silver t-shirts underneath. They were like supermodels to the teenage me, and the closest I could get to their clique was painting their nails before they stepped out into the night. I wear it today, nearly twenty years later, with skinny strappy sandals.

Make sure to get involved – just snap a pic of your old piece and share using the hashtag #BringThatBack.

INTRODUCING THE CLASS OF NEWGEN SS16

Posted on July 14, 2015

Want to meet our latest NEWGEN class? Of course you do! This morning The British Fashion Council announced the nine new designers that we’ll be sponsoring for the fast-approaching SS16 shows. Topshop have been sponsoring the scheme – which helps give the UK’s talented new designers the support they need to get their collections onto the catwalk – since 2001.

Following in the footsteps of Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane & co, this season’s roll-call includes some familiar faces; Ashley Williams, Ryan Lo and 1205 will be holding catwalk shows, while Faustine Steinmetz, Molly Goddard, Claire Barrow and Danielle Romeril will be putting on presentations and Marta Jakubowski and Sadie Williams will take up residence in the exhibition space.

Stay tuned for more updates on our new faces and all things fashion week here on the blog and on Twitter.

NEED TO KNOW: THE WW CLUB

Posted on July 13, 2015

Need some career inspiration? Creative motivation? Or just want to find a new working buddy? Look no further than The WW Club, that’s The Working Women’s Club, founded by editor, writer and LA-girl-about-town, Phoebe Lovatt. On a mission to bring some sound career advice to city-living women, The WW Club organises everything from panel talks with entrepreneurs and budding writers to rowdy discussion-filled brunches at the likes of the Ace Hotel.

This summer Phoebe is taking The WW Club on tour. The club has already stopped off at New York for a quick conversation on work-life balance and first jobs with creative director Madeline Poole and Rookie editor Rose Spiegel, and just last week made its London debut at Shoreditch’s Ace Hotel with a panel discussion featuring writer Dolly Alderton, the Mushpit girls and Riposte magazine editor-in-chief Danielle. V. cool. We asked Phoebe three key questions about the project and what’s coming next.

What inspired the start of The WW Club?

The WW Club was inspired by my female friends in my hometown of London. When I moved to Los Angeles, I realised how pivotal they’d been to my personal and professional development and I wanted to create an environment which enabled other women to feel part of a strong support network – both in LA and around the world.

What’s your ambition for the project?

I want to equip women with the practical and psychological tools they need to pursue their professional ambitions. I want to connect women so they can create amazing work together. I want to host fun and inspiring events that help women to feel confident and motivated in their careers. And I want us all to have a lot of fun (and maybe the occasional cocktail) in the process!

Any words of wisdom to budding creatives?

It’s a hard time to make a living in any field, but I think it’s important not to get too bogged down with financial fear and strict scheduling rules. You need to find ways to stay connected to doing whatever it is that brings you joy – that thing that make you want to pursue a creative career in the first place. Write a list of things that make you feel inspired and happy, and make sure you do one of them everyday. That’s how really good work comes about.

Not around London, New York or LA? Download The Handbook for Women Who Do Creative Work on the site

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