PULL OFF A POLONECK

Posted on October 22, 2014

Polonecks are big news for AW. But how should we be wearing them? We enlisted the help of Vogue’s Julia Hobbs to share her top three rollneck styling tricks:

1. THE SUITABLE STYLE TRICK

Tap into the simpler side of the Seventies trend with a three-way autumnal colour clash – think black with chocolate brown, mulberry or tan. Rather than wearing your minimal suiting with a crisp white men’s fit shirt (a look that now feels self-consciously strict), switch instead to a clean black poloneck – the new attitude is about a softer, folksy feel with a dash of retro polish. Keep footwear simple – round-toe mod girl ankle booties rather than masculine stomper boots tick the ‘work-appropriate’ box.

2. THE EVENING TRICK

A dressed-down disco look defined the party season on the catwalks, but admitting a sparkly shift dress into your average day-to-day wardrobe is potentially easier said than done. Start by reversing your thinking on how you style your partywear – it’s what goes underneath rather than on top which counts most this season. Wearing a paint box bright poloneck below an evening dress lightens up over zealous sequins and perfects a sculpting bodycon look without revealing any flesh. Ideal for those Saturday afternoons when ducking home to dress up would just be too much effort.

3. THE TOMBOY TRICK

Military shirting typically signals laid-back tomboy style – this time around however the look is less literal. Keep the khaki colour palette (it flatters every skin tone) but lose the obviously masculine edge. For a fresh contrast, pick a sporty jersey polo and wear your shirt unbuttoned three notches for a feminine twist. Pair with high-waisted patent trousers to hit a rebel note or gently frayed flared jeans – just be sure to seek out a hardworking medium-width brown belt to add a considered, rather than punkish, edge.

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#LOVINGYOURWORK – FRANCESCA ALLEN

Posted on October 20, 2014

Photo by Louisa Rogers

With over 70,000 followers on instagram and a list of impressive commissions to boot,  LCC graduate Francesca Allen is a new creative to watch.  Citing her inspirations as love, adolescence and friendship, her innate ability to capture youth and youth culture made her the obvious choice to shoot our A/W shoe guide New Shoe Rules . We caught up with her on set…

How did you get into photography? 

I started taking pictures when I was 15. They were mainly of my sister, who I still shoot, a lot! I started out doing model tests and things in London, then graduated from a Photography BA last summer.

Was there a defining point when you realised photography was what you wanted to do?

I’ve always thought my work was kind of irrelevant – a bit frivolous and too ‘fun’. But at my final BA show – seeing my work on the wall really meant something. That’s when I knew photography would be my career.

What inspires your work the most?

People, I guess. I just like hanging out with people. I’ve been shooting a bunch of 14-year-old girls every month and I just think they’re really interesting. Although the ones I know are always getting grounded by their parents and can’t come and do the pictures! I’m just so interested in people and teenagers and that period of life where you are on the cusp of adolescence.

If you could shoot anyone, who would it be?

Cassie from Skins. I have this teen fantasy of shooting her since I was younger, even though her character represents a lot of negative things – but I think she has this amazing spirit. I have a total girl-crush on her.

Describe your personal style.

It’s a bit charity shop mess! Somewhere between very girly and very scruffy. I wear a lot of lingerie as outerwear. I find it hard to look very clean and put together, so I just throw it all on.

What music are you into?

I really like Mac Demarco and Brian Jonestown Massacre, they’re amazing. And I love Prince and Fleetwood Mac. And I just saw Cocorosie play in Brighton and it was insane. They’re quite scary, but great.

Any advice for budding photographers?

Someone gave me really good advice recently – don’t worry if you can’t do everything and you’re not this or that. It doesn’t matter. It’s really important to find your own style and develop that. That’s when your work becomes really interesting – when a photographer has such a distinct style that you see their pictures and know it’s them immediately.

Check out Francesca’s work in our New Shoe Rules shoot. 

BOO! DO HALLOWEEN CELEB STYLE

Posted on October 15, 2014

Forget the Mean Girls effect – we prefer to get a bit more inventive with our Halloween look. From spooky to just plain funny, take your inspiration from these costume-loving celebs.

ALEXA CHUNG

Bring the LOLs like Alexa in a novelty costume. Think oversized fast-food or your favourite animal onesie.

 ATLANTA DE CADENET

Don’t want to splash out on a whole new outfit? Get arty with some black eye make-up and skeleton accessories like Atlanta de Cadenet.

HEIDI KLUM

Freak out your friends by ageing a good 50 years like Heidi Klum. Yes, that IS supermodel Heidi Klum. Granny-chic cardie and tweed are essential.

Or if these don’t appeal, what about channelling a badass Halloween heroine? Here’s three of our favourites:

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER

Fight off the vampires in a pastel cami and leather trousers. And don’t forget your holy water.

MORTICIA ADDAMS

Halloween grows up with Morticia’s luxe black dresses and sultry red lips ‘n’ nails.

NANCY FROM THE CRAFT

Bring ’90s cool to the witching hour with don’t-mess boots and chokers.

Feeling inspired? Get your own Halloween look here.  

WIN A PUFFA JACKET

Posted on October 15, 2014

Did you rock a Puffa jacket back in school? Thought so. Well now the iconic brand is back and available to shop at Topshop! We can’t get enough of the cool new versions of Puffa’s black and silver padded jackets – tapping right into our love of all things ’90s right now. Plus, we’ve got one of the silver styles to give away to one lucky winner!

Simply look out for the daily Puffa tweet on Topshop Twitter and retweet to win! Competition closes on 22.10.14.

Read the T&Cs here. Shop Puffa.

AGYNESS DEYN HITS THE BIG SCREEN

Posted on October 14, 2014

You’re probably more used to seeing her bring punk-cool to the catwalk, but Agyness Deyn is now adding actor to her resume. This week we headed to London Film Festival to see her star in her first feature role ‘Electricity’, a new film that’s stunning cinematography will have you hooked from start to finish.

Agy plays Lily O’Connor, a girl on a mission to track down her long-lost brother – a task that proves increasingly difficult given his wayward nature and Lily’s epilepsy creeping up at every turn. We were bowled over by her onscreen presence, infusing Lily with a natural magnetism that attracts everyone in her orbit – both good and bad. And if incredible acting and tear-jerking drama isn’t enough, go see it for the wardrobe alone – we fell in love with Lily’s fluro knits, sequin dresses and metallic disco pants.

See Electricty during London Film Festival at Vue Cinema Islington and watch director Bryn Higgins chat about the film below.