KEY TO FREEDOM: THE LOWDOWN

Posted on August 14, 2015

This week saw the launch of our latest Key to Freedom collection – a mix of beautifully hand-printed kimonos, scarves, weekend and make-up bags, created by women who’ve been helped by The Women’s Interlink Foundation. Haven’t heard of it? Here’s what you need to know: The Key to Freedom project (based in West Bengal in India) helps vulnerable young women who’ve been victims of domestic abuse. They’re given somewhere to live and taught the skills they need to create unique pieces, from sewing to dyeing and textile printing. The result is our exclusive Key to Freedom collection – which started out as a selection of simple scarves, and now spans a range of pieces in the prettiest colourful prints, with all proceeds of its sales going straight to the charity. Want to see how to wear the collection yourself? Get some inspiration from Personal Shopper Hannah Twist and see how she styled her favourite pieces below.

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THE MOD STYLE TIMELINE

Posted on August 12, 2015

This season is full of super-short mini skirts, knee-high boots and knitted polo necks, which can mean only one thing: Mod style is back, in a big way. Before you try out the AW15 version of the ever-recurring trend for yourself, we’re taking you on a timeline tour of Mod history, from its ’50s arrival to its swinging ’60s heyday and how we’re wearing the subculture style today.

THE MOD IS BORN
Mods arrived on the scene in the ’50s as a small group of guys called ‘Modernists’ who listened to modern jazz and dressed in sharp suits.

THE ’60s SITUATION
By the early ’60s Mods were a well-known subculture, who identified with Lambretta scooters, all-night coffee shop parties and early RnB and Blues music – think Manfred Mann and The Rolling Stones.

SWINGING LONDON
As the music scene got bigger, so did the subculture and by the mid ’60s Mod style was in full swing. The mini-skirt was the item of the moment and Twiggy was the poster girl. The Mods of the moment became notorious for their beef with fellow subculture Rockers, which led to frequent riots.

THE COMEBACK
After dying down, the release of iconic Mod/Rocker rivalry film Quadrophenia and bands like The Jam brought back another round of Mod style. This time it was taken on by ’80s skinheads (use This Is England as your inspiration) and preppy pieces were toughened up with Dr Martens and braces.

THE COMEBACK 2.0
The arrival of Britpop influenced another wave of Mod wardrobes in the early ’90s thanks to bands like Oasis and Blur.

TAKE IT TO 2015
We’re falling in love with Mod style all over again. Want to try it? Head here to try out the key pieces, with inspiration from the icons who wore them best.

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ILLUSTRATED PEOPLE X BABYFACE

Posted on August 11, 2015

What’s cooler than a slogan tee? A slogan tee designed to celebrate creative girls doing amazing things, that’s what. Today sees the launch of a limited edition t-shirt created by Illustrated People and all-female collective BabyFace. (Which we may add is available now at Topshop Oxford Circus.) If you haven’t heard of BabyFace yet, here’s your need to know: Founded by best pals Claire Burman and Nellie Eden, it works as ‘a little black book of the smartest and savviest girls around’, giving likeminded ladies the chance to meet, collaborate and discuss their upcoming projects and plans.

For their latest endeavour, the dream team have joined forces with Illustrated People to create a one-off tee design celebrating their girl gang of talent. To showcase the tee, Creative Director of Illustrated People Phoebe Lettice-Thompson shot a troop of BabyFace girls (including documentarian Jade Jackman and photographer Leonn Ward) on London’s Telegraph Hill this weekend – check out the exclusive behind-the-scenes images and prepare to get your girl power on.

Want to get involved? Find out more here

INTERVIEW: THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL

Posted on August 10, 2015

Don’t let the title fool you, The Diary of a Teenage Girl is no Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, in fact, it’s probably the coolest film we’ve seen this year so far. Set in ’70s San Francisco, it follows 15 year old Minnie Goetze as she goes from girl to woman at a super high speed after embarking on an affair with her mum’s boyfriend (awks). The best thing about the film? It’s actually believable, and incredibly honest about what it feels like growing up as a young woman which obviously we’re very into. Plus, the sun-soaked retro sets and costumes make the whole thing look like a moving Pinterest board for this season. We caught up with leading lady Bel Powley ahead of the film’s New York premiere to talk teenage memories, London loving and being a secret geek.

Tell us about your character, are you alike? 

I was very earnest like Minnie is, but I think she represents every young woman, that butterfly feeling that you get in your stomach. The way you feel when you’re a teenager is so extreme, it’s exhausting. I was so irrational, I’m like how did I survive? How did I live?!

You’ve been compared to Carey Mulligan, what actresses do you look up to? 

There’s so many that I admire but I don’t want to be like anyone else, I want to be my own person. I really admire actresses of older generations who didn’t succumb to the pressures on women in Hollywood, like Francis McDormand and Meryl Streep.

Let’s talk about that ’70s wardrobe… 

I loved it! It’s so funny because I was wearing all those flares for the film and now it’s out and bell-bottoms are really in, I’m like why didn’t I keep them?!

How was shooting in San Francisco?

I basically had a tour of the city through shooting. There were so many cool places, I was staying in Potrero Hill which is basically their Hackney – kind of hipster. The food there is amazing, my favourite restaurant was called Foreign Cinema, it’s so good!

Do you prefer the UK or the US? 

I love coming back to London. I love New York, I love LA, they all have their own amazing qualities but I could never leave London. There’s something about it that just has a sort of grittiness and an edge.

We loved the animation in the film…

Isn’t it amazing? It was all done by an Icelandic animator called Sara Gunnasdottir, she drew every single frame – her arm nearly fell off! They’re incredible. I just got really good at tracing because I am not good at art! I was better at maths and more rational subjects. If I hadn’t become an actress I was going to study Eastern European history and politics (I know, I am such a geek!).

What’s next for you? 

I’m doing an indie thriller where I play a pole dancer – which is interesting… Then I’m doing another period piece called A Storm in Our Stars. My pole dancing costume is the best so far though, it’s literally covered in tassels.

 Want to work ’70s style yourself? Head here.  

THE ULTIMATE SUMMER PLAYLIST

Posted on August 6, 2015

From BBQs and garden parties to lazing around in the sunshine, these are our top tracks to see you through the summer. Get into the late summer spirit with our forever summer shoot.

THE BEATLES – NORWEGIAN WOOD

GRIMES – REALITI

BIBIO – LOVERS’ CARVINGS

BEIRUT – NO NO NO

TAME IMPALA – THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER

THUNDERCAT – THEM CHANGES

LUCA – BEST ON (FT. TEI SHI)

CARIBOU – CAN’T DO WTHOUT YOU

ALEXANDER – TRUTH

 

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