Posted on February 26, 2014
With payday just around the corner, big-scale weekend planning should be top of your list. Stuck for things to do? Don’t be left out in the cold (or at home with your onesie) and take heed of our ultimate list of London-based activities. Let the fun times begin…
EAT: Hipster grub @ Oslo, Hackney
Decked out with a Nordic aesthetic (hence the name), Oslo is the only Hackney hotspot to be seen at right now. Food-wise you’ll feast on Heston-style concoctions like bacon made from salmon (not as freaky as it sounds) and apple and horseradish cured mackerel. Or if you’re feeling less adventurous, the burgers are some of the biggest in town and come with a shot of gravy. Yum.
SEE: The Grand Budapest Hotel @Curzon Cinema, Mayfair
From the man obsessed with mixing vintage film, kooky comedy and Bill Murray comes a new film, The Grand Budapest Hotel. This time the Wes Anderson action unfolds in a palatial European hotel with an all-star cast, including the legendary Tilda Swinton and new Topshop girl crush Saoirse Ronan. The super lux Curzon cinema makes the perfect setting, although beware of dozing off in the too-comfy-to-be-true armchairs.
DANCE: Disclosure @ XOYO, Shoreditch
The DJ duo that brought house music to the charts has just announced a last minute London slot. Going down at underground venue XOYO, we recommend wearing your comfiest flats becuase you are going to dance, A LOT. And be sure to get down there early for tickets on the door.
SLEEP: A swanky room @ Hazlitt’s Hotel, Soho
Don’t live in London? There’s no need for FOMO if you book in for a night at the Hazlitt’s Hotel in Soho. Enjoy plush rooms complete with four poster beds, plus the luxury of massages, beauty treatments and yoga classes in your room! It’s also a stone throw away from our Oxford Circus flagship meaning you won’t have to lug those shopping bags far.
Posted on February 25, 2014
We just can’t get enough of Kate Moss. Not to mention launching her new Topshop collection this spring (too exciting!) and rubbing shoulders with her at our LFW show, Kate set our hearts racing once again this week thanks to David Bailey’s new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.
Stepping into the legendary photographer’s retrospective, we were greeted by a never-before-seen portrait of Kate, looking arrestingly beautiful with her killer cheekbones and a mega mane of hair. Shot in Bailey’s signature black and white style, the new print is testament to Bailey’s knack at showing a famous face in yet another light.
When you finally manage to drag yourself away from staring at Kate, the rest of the exhibition offers a comprehensive look at Bailey’s career – one that spans more than half a century. You’ll see the shots of ’60s model Jane Birkin that made his name, to portraits of famous friends (we’re talking everyone from Johnny Depp to Salvador Dali), as well as his more thought-provoking work from third world countries like Sudan and Papua New Guinea.
Bailey himself oversaw the hanging of each and every photo in the gallery, making it a wonderfully personal account of his work. Each room tells a different story – we loved the space dedicated to his model wife Catherine, as well as the room filled with Bailey’s ultimate fashion icons, with portraits of fashion greats from Diana Vreeland to Alexander McQueen.
Bailey’s Stardust is open until 1st June, so if you’ve never experienced the sheer power of Bailey’s portraits close-up, this is simply unmissable!
Posted on February 24, 2014
Our Topshop Unique show is talked about by some of the hottest journos in the fashion biz, but it’s your opinion that really counts. Each season we ask budding fashion critics to review our LFW spectacular via Twitter. For SS14, Georgina O’Callaghan’s 140 character review summed up the new collection perfectly, tweeting: “I loved the warm colours and Moroccan vibe.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! Her winning words earnt her two tickets to our AW14 show at the Tate Modern, plus a night in a swanky London hotel with £250 to spend at our flagship store. Lucky or what?! Here’s how she got on…
In the New Year, I decided that one of my goals for 2014 was to go to London Fashion Week, but never did I dream I would be attending the Topshop Unique AW14 show as a guest just two months later! I was beyond surprised to hear that I had won the SS14 tweet off and the prize was truly a once in a lifetime experience.
As excited as I was for the show, I was incredibly nervous to be in the same room as Kate Moss and Anna Wintour! We arrived early to be greeted by the Topshop team an the atmosphere was already buzzing with anticipation. Security rushed through the likes of Kendall Jenner and as we entered the Tate Modern space we were greeted by champagne, canapés and healthy fruit juices.
As we seated ourselves we began to recognise fashion faces and celebs including actress Ashley Madakwe, model Poppy Delevingne and the main man himself, Sir Phillip Green. The show began with a burst of music as models like Malaika Firth and superstar Jourdan Dunn took to the catwalk. The colour palette featured blues, berries, browns and mustards and the materials were heavy and luxe. Whilst the SS14 collection had a Moroccan vibe, this time saw a ’70s throwback with a modern twist. The show closed with the models marching down the catwalk to Beyonce’s anthem ‘Run The World (Girls)’ and huge applause from the crowd. A definite success!
We took ourselves down to Knightsbridge for a coffee and a spot of window shopping in Harrods. After lusting over all the luxury fashion it was time to check into our hotel in Mayfair, No 5 Cavendish Square. Right around the corner from the Oxford Street Topshop store, it was the perfect location and the hotel was really elegant with a brilliant view of the square. We decided to go for our evening meal at a cute little seafood restaurant just off Oxford Street called the Cape Town Fish Market, where the mood was relaxed and the cocktails flowed!
Monday began with a continental breakfast in the hotel restaurant, where I spent a few hours writing up my notes from the show. We had a lazy morning before checkout at 12pm, to prepare ourselves for a full day shopping at the Topshop flagship store. I wasn’t sure that we could fill five and a half hours before our train home but we certainly did! With the £250 spending money I got myself some boots, a beautiful jumpsuit and a vintage looking skirt, whilst my boyfriend bagged some shoes and a t-shirt at Topman.
As I sat in first class on the trip home I was exhausted, yet on cloud nine after such an amazing trip. The experience meant the world to me and confirmed how much I love the fashion industry. It really was a once in a lifetime prize and I am forever grateful to the Topshop team!
Watch this space to find out who won this season’s LFW Tweet Off!
Posted on February 20, 2014
Whether dressed down in plaid or hitting up the front row in her signature layered tailoring, Ozzie style guru Margaret Zhang has got us drooling over her daily looks on her blog Shine By Three. But this 20-year old isn’t just a pretty face with a killer wardrobe – she’s also a talented photographer, Harper’s Bazaar Australia contributor and law student at the University of Sydney. Can we trade lives please?!
We caught up with Zhang during London Fashion Week to talk handbag essentials, London hotspots and her ultimate fashion tunes.
What sets London Fashion Week apart from the rest?
I find that London is so much more supportive of true design over commercial viability – production talk comes later, and real creative talent comes first.
Your favourite show venue?
I was amazed at how drastically Topshop’s Tate Modern space was transformed in a few hours!
What are your show style essentials?
A clutch big enough to fit my DSLR camera, phone, charger, and a ziplock bag of nuts to snack on!
Where’s best for a strong drink and dinner once it’s all over?
Shoreditch House has the most amazing vegetarian selection, and Lounge Lover’s late night plates and cocktails are as good as its furnishings.
What do you think you’ll be seeing a lot of at the shows?
A lot of layering of more transeasonal pieces, longer coat lengths, more faux fur, ’80s shoulders, ’90s shoes, ’60s makeup, and bed-head hair.
What would be your ultimate Fashion Week playlist?
Azealia Banks, Lykke Li, J. Viewz, Carla Bruni, Beyoncé, Flume, Iggy Azalea, Queen, Parov Stelar, Marina and the Diamonds, Stevie Wonder, Active Child.
The best place to escape the Fashion Week whirl?
My brother is travelling with me at the moment, so we cook together every night. The conversation usually revolves around how he’s doing in his new computer game involving monkeys shooting balloons!
Follow Margaret Zhang’s style on Shine By Three and keep-up-to-date with all things Fashion Week right here on the Topshop blog.
Posted on February 19, 2014
Perhaps it was the new Meadham Kirchhoff perfume, Tralala, that filled the air with a sweet floral haze, or perhaps it was the fact that it was the last show of the week. Whatever the reason, an air of blissful calm pervaded throughout the Meadham Kirchhoff show.
Who… The irreverent, kooky and all-around off the wall Meadham Kirchhoff boys.
Where… The Topshop showspace at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall but it was the first time a designer had used some set within the space. The girls walked under arches draped in tinsel and wandering around blown-up love hearts.
Front row… All the Vogue girls were there in force, dressed in skater jeans and flats (well it is the last day of LFW), editors from Harper’s and ELLE, buyers from Browns, Matches and Start and a cacophonous troupe of Meadham Kirchhoff fashion fans jostling to get a view.
The girls on the catwalk… The casting at Meadham Kirchhoff is always original – they use a mix of models and non-models which is unusual in women’s fashion, but totally refreshing. Today there were petite beauties alongside the taller girls, shaven-headed girls and curvier girls bringing a refreshing realness to the lineup.
The collection in five words… Wearable dreams for fashion fantasists.
Music… The Spice Girls’ Wannabe was pumped into the space pre-show to get the waiting audience excited – we saw a few editors mouthing along the words! But it was Stevie Knicks’s Edge of Seventeen and Destiny’s Child’s classic Bootylicious that ensured the models were walking with a strut and a half when the show kicked off.
The beauty look… Frosted skin gave an ethereal air, while hair was long, wavy and baby-soft.
What we loved… The multi-tiered confections of lace dresses towards the end – they were light as candy floss but worn with stomping rainbow metallic boots they could only be the work of Meadham Kirchhoff.
Hero piece… A sheer, flared beaded jumpsuit with such rich beading it gleamed down the runway catching every slant of light – almost baroque in its ornateness, it would be an heirloom piece for whoever is lucky enough to own it.
Inspired by… This was a celebration of the brand’s handwriting over the past 10 years, so everything from the washed-out dragée hues to the layers of frothy lace was a tribute to what the duo have achieved up until this point.