OH HEY, HOZIER

Posted on December 2, 2014

If you haven’t heard of Hozier yet, you’re about to: The Irish musician burst onto our radios earlier this year with his epic single (and equally intense video) Take Me To Church and has since been quietly becoming one of the biggest names of 2014. Tonight he plays the huge Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show at Earls Court alongside Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran, kind of a big deal, no? We caught up with him to talk inspiration, famous fans and how he plans to keep focused on that runway…

How would you describe your sound?

I was raised with music all around me, there was always blues music playing in my house. Nina Simone, Tom Waits and Aretha Franklin were all big influences. It’s a Southern gothic sound, there’s an artist called Cold Specks who describes the sound as ‘Doom Soul’, I think that’s a really cool way of putting it.

What’s been the highlight of 2014 so far? 

Doing Jools Holland was a dream come true, I’d always wanted to do that. We played Saturday Night Live which was a big deal, Bill Hader and Kristen Wig were presenting.

You’ve recently been touring America, how did you find it?

I’ve been very lucky with very energetic, giving crowds and I try to keep the sound on stage as natural as possible. I spent a lot of time in the desert shooting my new video, From Eden. It was great, but we all went home filthy dirty and I did walk into a cactus at some stage – there were a lot of new experiences!

Are you looking forward to playing the Victoria’s Secret show? 

Yes! I’ve never played anything like it, it should be interesting. Admittedly I don’t know any of the Angels by name, I’m terrible with fashion. They’re going to be passing me by on the catwalk so I have to try and keep focused…

What’s been your most starstruck moment so far?

Some of the people you meet is so surreal. Colin Farrell came to a show in LA which was super cool, he was really, really nice. Taylor Swift has come to a show, and Adele. That was one of the biggest shocks, it’s one of the most rewarding feelings when people like that come to your shows because they’re the people that inspire you to do what you do.

Are there any artists you’re really excited about at the minute?

Yeah, I’m a big, big admirer of George The Poet, he’s so unique. Jack Garrett is one to watch too, he plays percussion and piano with a guitar around his neck and a loop pedal and he sings. Seeing him live is mind blowing.

Want more new music? See what happened when we caught up with Kiesza.

HOW TO WEAR YOUR CHRISTMAS JUMPER

Posted on December 1, 2014

Whether you’re wearing them green, gold and gaudy or going for a subtle smattering of sequins, there’s no denying festive jumpers are officially a thing – the UK has even decided to dedicate a national day to them! Plus, they make an excellent ice breaker at the office Christmas party. This season at Topshop, however, the styles of yesteryear have been pared-back and upgraded with a healthy dose of winter cool. Here’s how we’re planning on wearing them for the final days of 2014.

The Fair Isle style knit has returned complete with Christmas trees, snowmen and snowflakes – perfect when paired with dark wash denim and berry toned lips for a cosy evening catching up at the pub.

The slogan sweat gets a festive upgrade with this chic take on a Christmas knit. Style up with sequins and glittery socks, or throw on over a dress and boots for layered up cool.

Let sequins take centre stage and team this sparkling sweater with an equally jazzy skirt and heels combo for a full festive party look.

Fully in the festive mood? Shop Christmas.

24 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS AT OXFORD CIRCUS

Posted on November 28, 2014

How does 24 days worth of festive Topshop treats sound? Good? You’re in luck, because that’s exactly what we’re offering in our London Oxford Circus store from the 1st December. As our largest store in the world, Topshop Oxford Circus is a haven of Christmas cheer during the festive season; jam packed with perfect presents and hundreds of options to pick from to create your ultimate party outfit. This year however, we’re taking it to the next level with awesome events happening in store every day to ease up your Christmas shopping stress and remind you that it is the season to be jolly after all.

We’re kicking off with an in store Instaprinter, where you can print off your favourite Insta pictures and add them to our style wall for the chance to win a £250 spending spree, then later in the week there’s a free sugar kick courtesy of Lola’s Cupcakes and complimentary manicures from WAH! Nails when you spend over £75. Plus, there’s an in store DJ set from all round cool girl Zara Martin and monogramming services to ensure your presents are extra personal this year. Head over to our Facebook page to check out the calendar of events, and prepare for your serious shopping situation to get a whole lot more fun.

Doing your shopping from the sofa this year? Check out our glittering gift guide for inspiration.

If you haven’t had chance to check out the Design Museum’s latest exhibition, Women Fashion Power yet, now’s your chance. We’re giving away 2 tickets! All you need to do is head to Twitter, retweet and prepare to channel your inner girl boss.

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Designed by stellar architect Zaha Hadid, the show spans 150 years of empowering female fashion; from ouch-inducing corsets and intricately beaded flapper dresses, to ’60s shifts and skinny suits. Alongside some amazing pieces of historic and iconic clothing – worn by some of the most influential women – the exhibition showcases a 7 screen video installation from ShowStudio’s Ruth Hogben, featuring one-off interviews with the likes of Charlotte Olympia and Roksanda Ilincic about their ultimate power pieces. We particularly enjoyed being introduced to the world of beach pyjamas (yes, they’re a thing) and some incredible retro M&S advert footage when we headed down last week. Sound like your cup of tea? Head on over to Twitter.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY GOLDIE HAWN

Posted on November 21, 2014

In need some winter coat inspiration? Look no further than birthday girl, mum to Kate Hudson and all round retro style icon Goldie Hawn. To celebrate her 69th big day, we’re taking note of her timeless cold-weather style.

1. Crisp camel

Photo: Moviestore Collection/REX

A woollen, tailored number is essential for looking sharp whilst keeping cosy. Goldie rocked hers on the set of 1971 movie, The Heist.

2. Fabulous fuzz

Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn. Photo: Keith Butler/REX

Floor length faux fur is the ultimate coat statement, and this season’s colourful printed options are the ideal cover-up for your party dress.

3. Perfect parka

Photo: Phillip Jackson/Daily Mail/REX

Goldie donned her classic parka to film the 1980 comedy Private Benjamin. Her shaggy, Alexa style hairdo is still a great accompaniment.

Feeling inspired? Shop coats here.

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