TOPSHOP COMES TO AMSTERDAM!

Posted on February 26, 2015

Planning a city break? We say base your travel plans on our new store opening in Amsterdam! Not only is the city now home to a Topshop, (just sayin’), but it’s also filled with inspiring cultural things to do. To give you the lowdown, we asked two stylish Dutch bloggers to take you on a tour through their neighbourhood and pick their favourite Topshop pieces from the new store.

CHARLOTTE, THE FASHION GUITAR

EAT:  HOSTARIA 

“This tiny Italian restaurant has amazing Italian – very authentic, great atmosphere, and a nice crowd.”

HANG: PAPER PLANES

“This cafe is a great hangout with the perfect cappuccino!”

SEE: THE RIJKSMUSEUM

“The museum of The Netherlands – of course! An amazing Late Rembrandt exhibition is going on right now.”

‘GRAM: THE DAM SQUARE

“Gram the Dam! This square it’s perfect for Instagramming. I never put my phone down when I’m strolling through.”

Check out Charlotte’s favourite Topshop picks >

REBECCA, RASPBERRY ROUGE

EAT: BAR SPEK, barspek.nl

“This place is great for breakfast. The best eggs in town! Bakers & Roasters is my favourite place for lunch. The Foyer for dinner, a recent discovery I’m obsessed with.”

HANG: VONDELPARK

“In summer this park is is the place to go and have a nice BBQ with friends. When I want to opt for places less touristic, I head over to the Northern part of town, near the riverside.”

SEE: STED E LIJK MUSEUM, stedelijk.nl

“If you’re into modern art pay a trip to the Sted e lijk Museum – it’s my favourite in the city.”

‘GRAM: THE CANALS

“Pictures of the canals always do SO well on my Instagram. Especially during sunset. The centre of Amsterdam is like no other place in the world, so old and unique.”

Check out Rebecca’s favourite Topshop picks >

Topshop Amsterdam opens on Kalverstraat on 26 February at 11am. Head instore for DJs, a pop-up photobooth and the chance to get a limited edition Michael Van Der Ham tote bag when you spend 80 € or more.

 

ASHISH, LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX

Posted on February 25, 2015

Sequin camo prints, thigh high latex boots, patchwork fur, ‘sex’ logos and studded denim – together? Only Ashish could make this work. The London designer’s AW15 show at our Tate Britain showspace was fun and fabulous as ever – but also with an underlying message about women owning it. We navigated through the chaos backstage to get the lowdown from everyone who made it happen.

Ashish on… THE INSPIRATION

“It was a celebration of being strong and sexy, and most importantly having the freedom to do that. I’m sick of censorship – it links up with #freethenipple on Instagram and the slut walks, about women celebrating their bodies without being labelled.”

Stylist Anna Trevelyan on… THE SHOES

“Me and Ashish love to make a full look with lots of great accessories. The boots are an interesting shoe choice this season… Fingers crossed none of the girls fall over! I’ll be wearing a pair straight after the show.”

Hair stylist Ali Pirzadeh on… THE HAIR

“It’s a girl who’s on her way home from a party. I used fake hair pieces in the same colours as the furs in the collection to create these textured tops with high shine sides. The mullet is back!”

Make-up artist Sharon Dowsett on… THE MAKE-UP

“The make-up was inspired by the red boots: loads of big lashes and loads of red lips. We got the models to do their own lips so it was quite messy and undone.”

Nail expert Michelle Humphrey on… THE NAILS

It took my team eight hours to pre-make 17 sets of fake nails the night before the show! We filed them into a stiletto point (again, inspired by the shoes), and painted on camo prints and power red sparkles.”

Love the Ashish look? Shop the fluffy-fabulous shoes from his SS15 catwalk show right here

NEWGEN GOES WILD: MARQUES’ALMEIDA & RYAN LO

Posted on February 24, 2015

MARQUES’ALMEIDA

 

THE LOOK

“Wacky.” “Quirky.” “Off the wall.” These were just three of the ways Marta, one half of the Marques’Almeida duo, described the  their AW15 collection. For us it felt like a mash-up of the brand’s greatest hits peppered with some seriously brilliant red fashion herrings. Their signature deconstructed denim jackets went voluminous and edgy with a heavy helping of zips and epic fraying while new looks came in the form of lurid patterned corsets and neck wraps (yes, apparently that’s a thing!) in dark purple and gold. The Marques’Almeida girl, however, remains very much the same, inspired by ’90s fan magazines and photography by Corinne Day. Front row were clearly impressed. Super blogger Susie Lau and BFC ambassador Sarah Mower ran backstage as soon as the last girl left the runway to congratulate the designer pair.

AND ONE MORE THING…  

One piece we’d love to get our hands on right now was the soft silver clutch and strap bags made from lamb’s leather, covered in foil. “We’ve been doing well with accessories and we have a lot of fun making them,” said Marta. “Sometimes it about getting a realistic look, so if you wear a pretty dress then you throw a bag on top of it.” Exactly the vibe the Topshop girl likes to go for.

RYAN LO AW15

THE LOOK

If we had to guess which designer would be referencing Disney’s Frozen this season we would have placed our bets on Ryan Lo. And we would have been right. The NEWGEN designer – and recent addition to the LVMH shortlist –  has been referencing pop culture – everything from Sylvanian Families to Muriel’s Wedding – since his first show with Fashion East. “We ended the show with the big hit Let It Go because I wanted everyone to take risk!” said the designer. The clothes were risky but surprisingly wearable with lace and fur two-piece skirt suits and gorgeous swan-like dresses fit for a modern princess.

AND ONE MORE THING…

The hair and make-up killed it. The beauty looked made us reach for the white eye-liner and stick on lashes! Make-up artist Isamaya French stuck closely to Ryan’s cartoon reference for inspo. “It was frosty snow queen meets a chic Kate Middleton,” said French. “The collection is inspired by this Japanese anime so the lashes were a big focus.” Hair also had total princess vibes with locks amped up with extensions and bold bouncy curls from Tina Outen.

WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT BEING PART OF NEWGEN….

Marta from Marques’Almeida: NEWGEN has just been so amazing for us. It gave us that initial support to help us do what we do. We’re growing now but it has been completely decisive.

Ryan Lo: We couldn’t have done it without them!

Find out more about NEWGEN here.

MODEL MOMENTS AT MICHAEL VAN DER HAM

Posted on February 24, 2015

Dutch designer Michael van der Ham is known for his incredibly feminine collections, and this season was no exception. The ethereal models took to the catwalk in luxurious textures of ocean coloured organza, velvet and jacquard, topped off with silky waves and flashes of purple eyeliner – perfectly matched to the prettiness of the collection. We grabbed some model moments with the backstage babes pre-show…


MICHAEL’S ANGELS
Casting assistant Chloe Rosolek at Sarah Murray Casting told us they “were looking for young, cute girls who had an innocent vibe, really angelic. The collection is very delicate and beautiful so the models had to be delicate and beautiful too.”

THE GO PRO GIRL
We spotted model Jade De Lavareille dashing around with a Go Pro camera pre-show. “I make films!” she told us, “I’m always taking photos and filming so I’m never bored backstage. The energy here gives you so much more energy, and I’m drinking a lot of coconut water.”

CLOTHES CRUSHING
Brit model Kirstie Brittain was seriously into her show look, “It’s so pretty, short, with an amazing gold piece. This is one of the prettiest collections I’ve seen, it’s so nice! Really girly and the shoes are so high – slightly painful but amazing.”

Keep up with all our other behind-the-scenes action from London Fashion Week here.
Words: Rhiannon Wastell. Photos: Jason Lloyd-Evans

FRIENDS ZONE! ASHLEY WILLIAMS AW15

Posted on February 24, 2015

If Fashion Week’s taught us one thing other than which length skirt to wear this season (that’s the mini, FYI) – it’s about friendship. Front rows have been filled with chums – see Christopher Bailey’s posse of Sam Smith, Kate and co, plus ultimate model mates ‘CaKe’ (that’s Cara and Kendall) at Unique. Shows have been dedicated to loved ones who’ve passed away, street stylers have been matching their outfits and even fashion’s harshest critic Alex Fury got all sentimental in his Daily column, talking about the humanity in fashion: it’s about people looking after each other.

Of course, it helps if you count those friends as Georgia May Jagger and Alexa Chung – both of whom came out to support NEWGEN designer Ashley Williams today. Georgia walked in the show, along with fellow model mates Alice Dellal and Harriet Verney, while Alexa and Pixie Geldof were there to represent ‘Funky Offish’ (that’s the term they coined with Ashley for their off-beat style), and practically bundled the designer with cuddles and congratulations after the show.

Even Ashley’s clothes were inspired by female friendship. “It’s about the girls,” she told us. “The one’s you hang out with – the one you want to have your back. The one who slapped her guy.” And what do these ever-protective girlfriends wear? This season it’s PVC, pink shearling, intergalactic crystals and ’90s skater-inspired motifs; if you want to be in Ashley’s gang, it’s about looking the part too. As one of her prints spells out: “Improve your image. Be seen with me. Who wouldn’t want to be?”

Words: Holly Swayne. Images: Jason Lloyd Evans

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