Want to know where the coolest kids stay on trips away? Generator Hostels, that’s where. With outposts everywhere from Berlin to Venice, these hostels have all the luxury of a plush boutique hotel without the bank breaking prices. What’s more, this summer they’ve teamed up with culture bible The Lab Magazine to host their own festival, Regenerate 14. Generator Berlin Mitte and Copenhagen will be transformed for one weekend in July and August, using the magazine’s network of international artists to create a live, interactive experience open to the public.
So what can you expect? Art-wise there’ll be photography exhibits in the halls, live art performances in the rooms, a light installation in the parking lot and a whole lot more interactive goings-on throughout the hostels. Music will also be on the bill – with DJ sets and gigs from hot music talent like Danish DJ Kasper Bjørke.
Can’t make it out there? Stay tuned to Topshop Twitter for live updates from Berlin this weekend, plus the chance to win flights and a two night stay at a Generator of your choice.
#Regenerate14 #Berlin will take place at Generator Berlin Mitte from 17th-20th July and Generator Copenhagen from 7-10 August.
It’s time to face up to the facts, CD’s are going the way of the tapes – just a funny shaped thing we once listened to music on. Since the adults at record companies sat up and noticed the popularity of streaming sites, and now include their data in the charts, there seems to be more websites than ever vying for the chance to be your one-stop music destination. There are the reliable big boys: Spotify, Deezer etc. But, if you want a summer playlist with a difference here’s where to find it:
Festivals aren’t only about music you know. If you’re into books, film, art, (or simply fancy soaking up some stunning scenery), then Curious Arts Festival might well be the best weekend you’ve ever had. Held in Hampshire’s Pylewell Park from August 18th – 20th July, this arts fest is jam-packed with everything you need for a fun ‘n’ cultured weekend.
Book worms will love the talks and readings from top authors and critics like Rachel Joyce and Craig Brown, while film buffs can check out the movie tent where they’ll be screening a selection of flicks from Horror of Dracula to Lemony Snickett. There’s also guided tours of the site by clued-up historians, not to mention the chance to embrace your inner-kid with donkey rides, a Jabberwocky hunt, magic shows and fair ground games.
And of course no festival would feel right without a bit of a boogie – so Curious have provided a stellar music line-up too. Kicking off the Friday night will be Eaves and Bear’s Den, followed by folk stars Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit. Saturday sees Luke Sital-Singh and Mercury nominee Ed Harcourt take to the stage, with Topshop fave Nick Mulvey bringing the evening to a close with that dreamy voice and Cuban-inspired sound.
Sound like your kind of festival? Buy tickets now from the Curious Arts Festival website.
This summer we’ve teamed up with charity initiative Key to Freedom for a third collection! This time around you can snap up stunning kimonos, sarongs and make-up bags, all perfect for a summer of festivals and sunny beach trips. Need more convincing? Here’s three reasons why you’ll love it…
1. It’s all for a good cause
For starters, buying a piece from the Key To Freedom collection means your money will go straight to the Women’s Interlink Foundation. This incredible charity helps vulnerable young women from West Bengal, by giving them a roof over their heads, as well as as the chance to earn a living by learning specialised skills like sewing and printmaking.
2. Each piece is hand-crafted
It’s not often we get to wear beautifully handmade clothes that won’t max out our credit cards. Every piece in the Key To Freedom line has been expertly hand-crafted by the women in West Bengal – meaning you can guarantee the upmost quality and exquisite detail.
3. The kimonos are AWESOME
The Key To Freedom kimonos caused quite a stir when they arrived at Topshop HQ. Made from fluid silk with bright exotic prints and cool oversized silhouettes, they’ll add a touch of high fashion to festival raving or your next summer BBQ. We’re in love!
Shop Key To Freedom now, find out more about the Key to Freedom project here and show us how you’re wearing it with the hashtag #MyKeytoFreedom
What better way to kick off Berlin Fashion Week than with a party? We teamed up with deals.com to throw an event for the new generation of German bloggers in a hip industrial building in Mitte. The mission of the night? Choose the blogger with the best festival style from 18 of our invitees. The prize? A trip to London with a personal shopping appointment plus paid-for shopping spree!
The dress code was “Summer Festival” and the warehouse was transformed into a field of flower garlands, boho accessories and floral prints. Few cocktails later in we took a seat in the front row to see the bloggers present their styling skills on the make-shift catwalk. Germany’s latest Topmodel winner, Stefanie Giesinger, sat next to the jury of editors, fashion buyers and our very own Personal Shopping Manager Danielle Payne, dressed in an effortlessly cool all-white look.
After a catwalk show the quirky cover band Cannibal Koffer entertained the crowd while the jury had a chance to choose their winner. The top 5: Ranim from The Perfect Disease, Yasmin from In Love With, Jana from Bekleidet.net, Daisy from The Mandarine Girl und Nieufar from Mäuschenliebtbubi. (You have to check out their blogs for plenty of style inspiration!) But there can only be one winner and that went to *drum roll* Daisy aka The Mandarine Girl. She won all hearts with her Coachella-cool outfit. We just had to sit down with the blogger and get the skinny on all things Daisy…
How does it feel to be the winner of the fashion challenge?
Amazing! I didn’t think that there was any possibility I’d win this, so I was really surprised when I was in the top 5. I was even more surprised when I heard I was the winner. It’s absolutely breathtaking to win, especially because the other girls were so good!
Are you excited about your prize of a Topshop Personal Shopping appointment in London?
Absolutely. I love Topshop and am excited for this personal shopping appointment. I‘ve never been to London but I know that it’s a great place for shopping and that is what I’ll do there for sure.
Daisy’s style guru while she’ll be browsing through our Oxford Circus flagship will be nobody less than Topshops Danielle herself. Here Danielle’s thoughts about the winner:
What was it about the winning girl’s style that captured your attention?
I thought Daisy (The Mandarine Girl) really managed to capture true Topshop festival style with her chosen outfit. She looked effortlessly cool and for me, stole the show.
How would you describe her style?
That’s the great thing about Daisy’s style, she doesn’t lend herself to one look in particular but always stays on trend. She does a Boho inspired look naturally but on the other hand manages to always look chic and well put together.
As a manager of Personal Shopping in London would you say there’s a difference between the German and British festival style?
I think in essence European festival style all has the same roots. The main difference for me is the British love to push boundaries with the way they style up an outfit for example clashing patterns, face jewels and paints. German girls have the relaxed festival look down to a tee.
What are your key tips for great festival style?
I normally live by the style mantra ‘less is more’ but when it comes to festival fashion the more creativity the better! It’s a great opportunity to express yourself and experiment with your look. Fringing, colour, accessories aplenty and of course comfortable shoes to keep you on your feet!