WHO: Marques’Almeida, the Portuguese duo best loved for their raw-edged ’90 denim. These NEWGENers are also our next designer collab – look out for it hitting Topshop next month.
WHERE: The Topshop Show Space in King’s Cross.
THE FRONT ROW: London’s coolest creatives, forming a sea of coloured fur coats from the designers’ last collection. We spotted It-girls Chelsea Leyland and Phoebe Collings-James sitting alongside fashion heavy-weights like Net-a-Porter’s Natalie Masanet and the BFC’s Caroline Rush.
COLLECTION IN 5 WORDS: Raw, rainbow, sheer, deconstructed, denim.
INSPIRED BY: “It’s the most abstract we’ve ever been”, Martha told us backstage. “We went in a new direction this season, looking more at shapes and lines than our usual ’90s references. First we became completely obsessed with all-black (inspired by an old i-D shot of Angela Linvall), then moved towards the bright rainbow colours.”
WHAT WE LOVED: We want to wear it all – from the bleached-out frayed denim to the noughties-pink leather and the patchwork rainbow sheers. Plus those inimitable little details like oversized tabs on sleeves and subtly metallic finishes on dark denim.
HERO PIECE: A citrus green leather dress – styled with purple snakeskin sunnies and platform clogs. We need it, now.
HAIR & BEAUTY: “It’s a girl coming back from a rave” said MAC’s Terry Barber. Raw skin with no foundation (just a bit of concealer), with pastel eye colours in mint, coral and powder blue. Duffy from Vidal Sassoon made hair big and messy. “I used hair pieces from a show I did yesterday and spent last night in my hotel backcombing and stamping on them to make these scruffy clumps to add on!”
WHAT THE SHOW NOTES SAID: “The design duo takes a break from ’90s references to offer their boldest, yet most private collection.”
WHAT THE EDITORS SAID:
@susiebubble: “Rainbow wave @_marquesalmeida.”
@the pop (PPO magazine): “Swarovski embellishment and bold colours at @_marquesalmeida. Long live the ’90s”
Photos by Jason Lloyd-Evans. Words by Holly Swayne.
The Topshop café has gone down a storm these last few days, sating thirst and hunger as show-goers have snacked to their hearts’ content on mini hamburgers, noodles, crab-flavoured donuts and meringue kisses. And don’t forget the bubbly! Basically the perfect spot to catch up with pals or social hard on your fablet (translation: mid-sized piece of comms tech that could be a tablet or phone, or both! Obvs.)
While stylist and fashion editor Natalie Hartley couldn’t get enough of the noodles: “I love the little wooden tweezer things to eat them with!”, the beauty pit-stop was super busy at all times with show-goers getting primped and preened. And yesterday we spotted Susie Bubble tucking into a hamburger pre Michael Van Der Ham, wearing denim culottes-shorts to die for. Nuff said!
A stellar Front Row wouldn’t be complete without an extra large helping of Topshop. Here’s what our favourite girls wore to the Unique show…
Poppy Delevingne, Daisy Lowe and Pia Mia flew the flag for Topshop Unique in our rebellious, English heritage inspired AW14 collection. Dressed up or dressed down, this versatile collection will have you channelling tough-girl chic in no time.
Seen on Alexa Chung, printed pelmet skirts are the chicest way to bare still-sunkissed legs. Take notes from Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner and couple with a coordinating jacket and mannish flats for a sartorial edge.
Coats as Capes
We hate to break it to you, but sleeves are totally last season. Drape your coat over your shoulders for an air of nonchalance that is absolutely effortless.
Sported by Chloe Green and Pixie Lott, felt hats were high on agenda among the celeb elite. Be it a fedora or an oversized floppy hat, pair with slick outwear and a fresh blowdry.
WHO: Michael Van Der Ham, master of texture and hands down the nicest man in fashion.
WHAT: His SS15 catwalk show, dedicated to the late Professor Louise Wilson OBE, who taught him at CSM.
WHERE: The Topshop Show Space in King’s Cross.
THE GUESTS: We chatted to singer Jess Glynne over mini breakfast baps in the café, crushed on Susie Bubble’s pink fluffy jumper and spied Net-a-Porter President Alison Loehnis on the front row.
COLLECTION IN 5 WORDS: Ladylike, appliqué, sequins, overlay, sunnies.
INSPIRED BY: His starting point was fabric. “There were no specific references as such, more a process of investigating new materials,” he explained backstage. “I work with two embroidery studios in Surrey and it was a long process of trying out different techniques until we were happy.”
WHAT WE LOVED: The incredible textures – mixing macramé lace, floral appliques, and overlayed silk georgette (to name a few). Also the Strictly-style sequins and round sunglasses with Clockwork Orange ‘lashes’.
HERO PIECE: The shoes! Michael created platform loafers in patent leather, powder blue suede and denim-like jacquard. We’ll take one of each.
HAIR & BEAUTY: A team of MAC artists kept make-up fresh faced, adding a single gold sequin on each eye-lid. Hershesons stylist Luke took care of the hair, saying “Michael’s clothes are so detailed, you just want to throw the hair up in a messy bun” – get the look with our step-by-step tutorial on Facebook.
WHAT THE SHOW NOTES SAID: “The SS15 collection focuses on custom designed fabrics and georgette with multi-layered textiles.”
WHAT THE EDITORS SAID:
@womensweardaily: “Chic, romantic girls at Michael van der Ham.”
@BazaarUK: “Layer-up in @m_van_der_ham’s collection made for modern romantics”
Trains. Trains. Trains. These might be the three things that come to mind when thinking of London’s King’s Cross but not for long. After a huge renovation across the area and as this season’s spot for Topshop’s Showspace, it’s about time we got opened minded about King’s Cross and shared our London love outside of Hackney and Soho!
Fashion Week Pick
It wasn’t just us who choose the area for fashion week but our fellow high-streeters, Whistles, too! The gorgeous palm print and texture-heavy show took place in LED-lit tunnels of King’s Cross underground station – who knew commuting was so chic?!
The New CSM Space
Central Saint Martin‘s college is one of the most established fashion schools out there. With alumni including Phoebe Philo, Christopher Kane and J.W.Anderson, there’s really no better place to hone your skills in central London. Previously in a rundown building in Holborn, Saint Martin’s has moved to the very high-tech building north of the station next to the uber cool cafe Caravan and surrounded by mesmerising light-up water features. How fashion!
Drink Shop Do
If there’s one place where you’ll get a rare and rowdy night – generally themed to perfection – it’s Drink Shop Do. Housed on Caledonian road, this two-story space has nightly events that range from Thriller-inspired dance classes to “Play-Doh Ghetto Blasters” . Our favourite? The Night of a Thousand Bushes where you’re encouraged to dress like your favourite version of Kate Bush with prizes for the most lols costume.
Instagrams clockwise from @ticketybooevents, @sarahphelpscreative, @scrapbi and @heartzeena
When London’s fashionable bunch aren’t eating out at Chiltern Firehouse they’re dining at Shrimpy’s. The hip and happening canal side resto serves up the most delicious soft shell crab burgers and insane lobster salads. Seafood not your thing? Stick to the deep fried pickles, guacamole and prosecco on tap.
The House of Illustration
Loved Roald Dahl as a child? We did! So what better way to embrace your inner kid than with a trip to the House of Illustration which is currently showing an exhibition dedicated to Dahl’s right hand man and illustrator, Quentin Blake.
Kerb Food Festival
Everything you could ever want in one food festival, Kerb happens every single week day from 12-2. Our favourite? Batch Bakery. Order the chocolate brownie with salted caramel in the middle and choose between a little scoop of cookie dough or oreo fudge with hot chocolate sauce on top. I MEAN. COME ON!