Off to prom this year and looking for the perfect outfit? Well you’re in luck. We’re playing the Prom Fairy Godmother and giving you the chance to have your dream dress made bespoke by Topshop! All you need to do is share your ultimate dress with us via a Pinterest mood board, and over the next few weeks we’ll be judging your entries with a little help from Miss Vogue Editor, Emily Sheffield. With years of experience in the fashion industry and Deputy Editor of the style bible that is British Vogue itself, Emily has just the eye to choose the most fabulous frock. Read on as she tells us what makes a winning mood board, plus tips on where to find inspiration for your dress.
Last year’s UK winner Saskia, with her prom-perfect dress.
What are you looking for from the winning dress design?
A sense of identity and style and an awareness of current trends. Most of all, fun and femininity.
Where’s a good place to get creative inspiration?
Old films, books and magazines you love and have inspired you, plus look at vintage fashion and cross reference with new trends. There may be art and cultural movements you have studied or interiors where the fabrics inspire you too. Inspiration is everywhere! Don’t just look at the internet.
What would have been your dream prom dress as a student?
Black and gothic, ripped, shredded and a bit like a Meadham Kirchoff dress. In reality, however, I never wore prom dresses, mine were tight and short and very punky. I was obsessed with the Grease films, especially where Sandy wears the super tight black disco pants!
Who would be your ultimate prom king and queen?
Danny and Sandy from Grease.
When did you realise you wanted to get into the fashion industry?
I was in newspapers as a journalist for ten years and then a job came up at Harper’s Bazaar then Vogue, so I sort of fell into it. I’ve always loved journalism first and foremost. Fashion has always been a passion; I had pages of Vogue ripped and pasted all over my bedroom walls since I was five, and obsessively tried to follow trends as a teen by making my own dresses and outfits at school on the sewing machines.
What advice would you give to girls who wanted to get into fashion?
Work hard, be inspired, be confident and then more hard work. Set your goals high, find good mentors and go for it. Also, an awful lot of very talented people I know in fashion went to Central Saint Martins… I wish I had. And don’t be afraid to start your own business.
Who is the Miss Vogue girl?
Any young girl who loves fashion and is interested in the world and what other girls are up to.
What made 2013 the right time to launch Miss Vogue in the UK?
I think there is so much fashion available to everyone now – an incredible high street, great vintage stores and fashion is much more available to all on the internet, so we wanted to reach out to these incredibly savvy teens and hopefully provide them with a fun magazine to further inspire their fashion choices.
What makes a great Miss Vogue cover star like Cara Delevingne?
Personal style, a big friendly personality and a sense of fun. We don’t think anyone should take themselves too seriously, being young should be a time of adventure and exploration. Try everything and anything (as long as it is safe for your health and well-being of course).
Instant style tips, mood boards, competitions, stunning Vogue archive imagery, celebrity gossip and Miss Vogue’s team, reporting direct to our readers with lots of opportunities for interaction. Tumblr also launches next week on Monday. Search for Miss Vogue UK for all our social media channels. We look forward to meeting you all online!
At Topshop we think just like stylish goodies, Fashion Week shouldn’t just be reserved for the mag editors and fashion-loving celebs. That’s why this season we opened up the mezzanine of our Tate Modern show space to the public and live streamed the action to five lucky winners at our flagship store. But this wasn’t just any old live stream – we teamed up with tech guru Inition to allow our winners to watch the show in virtual reality!
Intion is a small, cutting-edge company based in London’s Shoreditch, who use their incredible tech savvy to create experiences like no other. Among the many cool projects they’ve dreamed up is a virtual game that allows people to ‘fly’ through mountains and cities, as well as shooting the first ever 3D footage in the wild for the BBC. We caught up with the Inition boys in the aftermath of Fashion Week for a virtualchat (naturally!) about the show.
How was it partnering up with Topshop?
It was great! It was a tough project but there was a great sense of adventure as we were creating something that no-one had done before. In many ways Topshop are ideal Inition client: they have great content, and were willing to take the risk to do something ground-breaking and paradigm shifting.
Were you happy with the reaction?
The coverage actually surpassed our expectations. The reaction of participants instore was brilliant and the crowds forming outside the Topshop store was remarkable to see. The public reaction to the piece was great and the technology community has been overwhelming – it’s raised the bar for future use of technology at Fashion Week.
Do you think fashion and technology make a good match?
There are some very clear overlaps. Wearable technology such as Google glasses and Apple’s planned iWatch are some obvious examples. When technology becomes invisible and seamlessly integrated into our clothing, that’s when things like wearable displays really take off.
How does London inspire your work?
Every time we leave the office and wander around, there is a new installation, street artwork, exhibition or just an unusual sight that can spark the imagination. Places like the Barbican, Tate, ICA have amazing events programmes that bring together creatives from all over the world. Here in Shoreditch there is a constant feeling of change that keeps things fresh.
What’s the future for Inition?
We’re very excited about virtual reality hitting the mainstream. Virtual reality is the ultimate interface to the digital world, with the ability to take you anywhere, any time, any place. We can build fantastical imaginary worlds or put you in remote places that make you feel like you are actually there. The possibilities are almost overwhelming as they are endless. If you can imagine it, then someone will be able to build it!
We also wanted to hear from the girls who experienced our virtual reality show first-hand. Hayley, Maria, Natasha, Sarah and Joanne were the five lucky fans who won a seat on the virtual front row, by sharing their London Fashion Week style through Instagram and Twitter. We spoke to three of the girls over Popchips and Zico water to see how they found it.
Hi girls! One word to sum up your virtual reality experience?
Hayley: I’d say surreal too.
What were the most exciting bits?
Hayley: Trying to explain the experience is so hard because it felt so real! You would turn and see the people next to you and the people in front. I could even make out Kate Moss and Kendall Jenner sitting a few seats away from me in the front row! It honestly felt like you were really there.
What did you think of the custom made headsets?
Natasha: They were really cool – I felt like I was in Tron!
Joanne: As soon as the show started I completely forget they were on my head because I was so into the experience.
Any favourite looks from the show?
Natasha: The grey knee-high suede boots that Charlotte Wiggins wore.
Joanne: My favourite was the long fur gilet and grey jumper with a crisp white shirt underneath.
Best celebrities at the show?
Hayley: I adore Kendall Jenner, and was so excited to know she was there. My favourite blogger Danielle Bernstein was there too and I’m such a massive fan of hers and was so excited to know I was there watching it ‘with’ her.
Do you think more people should get to come to Fashion Week?
Natasha: Tickets are hard to come by, but Fashion Week is becoming more and more democratised. I know some people think this is a bad thing, but fashion should be available to all – and developments like the virtual reality mean that more people will get the chance to get that front row feeling.
Missed the show? Watch it on demand and read all our LFW show reports on the blog.
Blue skies outside Topshop HQ have got us dreaming of ice cream, lazy days in the park and finally going tights-free. Summer is just around the corner and we cannot wait. What’s more, LA band DWNTWN has added to our sunshine-will-be-back-soon vibe with their new track ‘Til Tomorrow.’ Taken from the group’s upcoming EP, sun-soaked pop and dreamy synths merge together though breezy boy/girl vocals to create a sound that was made for driving through the Hollywood Hills with the windows down. We caught up with girl-in-the-group, Jamie, to talk fashion, tacos and break-ups. Oh and a bit about the music too…
How was DWNTWN born?
A few years ago Robert and I were both going through break-ups and my ex just so happened to be his brother. We would hang out together and write songs about our heartache!
How would you describe your sound to someone who’s never heard it before?
A friend once told us that our songs “make you dance to words that should make you cry.” I’ve always loved that description.
Where did you write ‘Til Tomorrow?’
We were house sitting a mansion in the Hollywood Hills and ended up with this song about feeling stuck in a stale routine while everyone around us seems to be moving forward, or living in mansions. Not that we want to live in a mansion… but maybe moving out of our parents basement would be nice!
What influences your sound?
Kurt Cobain’s pretty face, Bob Dylan interviews, Burritos from El Chato, Stevie Nicks’ voice and late night drives to see Crystal Castles.
You’ve been compared to bands like Postal Service and M83. Would you agree?
That’s a huge compliment! Those are both bands we really love, so it’s an honour that people are hearing similarities between us.
Any funny stories from your latest tour?
We always have a crazy night when we’re in Salt Lake City, Utah. I don’t know what it is about the place, but people go nuts, and we love it! Last time we played, everyone got on stage with us during our last song. They stole the mic from me and started yelling the lyrics, and then insisted that our drummer play a giant solo once the song was done. We can’t wait to go back!
Who’s your style crush?
Robert idolises Kurt Cobain and Johnny Cash, so he’s all about that grungy country look. I’ll wear anything that looks like Stevie Nicks might have worn it.
Any favourite outfits to perform in?
I love performing in floor length lace dresses. I have a handmade vintage one I can’t stop wearing. It’s got a beautiful embroidered high neck, and takes about ten minutes for someone to button me into it.
Hot tips for an LA trip?
You have to eat tacos in LA. Our favourite spots are El Taurino and El Chato, which are both super authentic. Get the Al Pastor tacos – you won’t be sorry! As for shopping, I’m going to be totally honest – our go-to spot is Topshop, so I’m pretty sure you know all about that!
If you could collaborate with any artist (dead or alive) who would it be?
Probably Mozart, it would be the most unreal experience ever! He’d be going on and on about something in German while we just nodded our heads and smiled at him. And at the end of the session chances are we’d end up with a hit song… I mean it is Mozart; the original hit machine.
‘Til Tomorrow’ will be released as part of the ‘DWNTWN‘ EP, due out 29 April.
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.
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!