Leopard print a staple in your wardrobe? Us too! But this trend goes way back. From ’50s pin-ups to ’90s music vids, we’re paying homage to the perennial print with our ultimate leopard-loving icons.
1. ELIZABETH TAYLOR
Leopard print first became a ‘thing’ in the 50s, when Dior debuted his printed ‘Jungle’ dress on the catwalk. Cue Elizabeth Taylor rocking leopard spots with everything, even on the beach in this killer one-piece.
2. DEBBIE HARRY
Leopard print gets punk! The Blondie frontwoman was a fierce advocate of wild prints – think skin-tight leotards with her signature red lips and rebel attitude.
3. SHANIA TWAIN
We’re guessing you watched this on repeat when it came out in 1998. Leopard coat, crop top, trousers, platforms AND matching travel case too much? Not for Shania Twain…
4. MEL B
Scary Spice was fiercer than any leopard in the wild – catsuits, bralets and those platform buffalos made her leopard looks iconic.
5. ALEXA CHUNG
Today’s leopard queen? It’s got to be Alexa. Whether it’s mannish tailored coats, lace-up brogues or a Topshop mini – she nails it every time.
Ready to add another Swedish export to your most-played list? After singing back-ups for Lykke Li, Barbadian-born, Sweden-raised singer Naomi Pilgrim went solo with debut track ‘No Gun’ – a song that delivers dreamy vocals and laid-back melodies layered over an all-consuming bass. We caught up with Naomi following a summer of touring; notorious for the late nights, long journeys (and a lot of fun in between), we got her ultimate tips for making it on the road.
1. BE PATIENT
“Chilling in the trailer before a Copenhagen gig – touring is known as a waiting game and it’s something you need to learn how to love.”
2. TRAVEL WITH GREAT PEOPLE
“It’s a great idea to fill the tour bus with people you love. From left to right: Janne “Mr Bass” Manninen, Carl-Johan “The sample professor” Bohlin, myself, Freja “Sings like a boss” Leona and Anders “Mr Swag” Olsson.”
3. GET YOUR NAILS DONE
“Brightening up a lonely road heading towards Norway!”
4. DRINK GINGER TEA
“In the green room drinking my magic potion; tea, honey and ginger and that’s by far the most valuable thing on my rider.”
5. WARM UP
“Warming up never gets old. Here prepping for a gig backstage when we finally reached the lights in Norway.”
6. ENJOY THE BUILD UP
“The audience is chanting, the band just got up on stage and starts to play the intro. In sixty seconds we’re about to join them. Oh the build up!”
7. BE GRATEFUL
“Performing is what I live for and every single minute up there is mind-blowing. Grateful doesn’t cover it, I love the people supporting my dreams.”
8. BE READY FOR THE MORNING AFTER
“Discovering new cities by night after a show is always a great idea at the time, but you pay the price the morning after for sure!”
“It’s about smudged red lips and eye make-up that’s been done at the back of the bus.” For Unique SS15, Topshop Beauty Consultant Hannah Murray brought effortlessly cool make-up to our seaside-inspired collection. Think windswept hair at Blackpool beach and flirty flushed lips ready for a peck on the pier. Want to get the look? Watch and learn as Hannah shows us how.
Meet photographer/stylist duo Masha Mel and Tess Yopp. Known for their edgier-than-edgy shoots in magazines like Dazed, i-D and Hunger, this Russian double act are gaining serious cred with those in the know. We caught up with the girls for a quick chat (wearing matching Marques’Almeida coats) at London Fashion Week.
What brings you to Fashion Week?
Tess: We normally work as a photographer and stylist, but this season we thought we’d give set design a go.
Masha: We built the set for Ryan Lo’s presentation. His SS15 collection is inspired by mermaids under the sea so we went for a Hawaiian party set-up! Think palm leaves, pink ukuleles, inflatable flamingos – it was a lot of fun to create.
What makes you two a good double act?
T: We have a very similar sense for style. And we’re both Russian!
M: Working with Tess is a lot of unpredictable fun! Her styling really compliments my photography – she’s got a real eye for colour and finding the most eye-catching pieces.
What’s been your favourite project to work on?
M: We recently did an accessories shoot for Hunger which looked great – we shot each other as the models.
T: I love this season’s Marques’Almeida campaign we shot. I can’t tell you too much until it comes out, but it follows three girls wandering through a forest…
You’re obviously big Marques’Almeida fans?
M: We met Marta and Paulo when they were studying at Central Saint Martins and used some of their pieces for an editorial – we’ve been working closely with them ever since.
T: Their designs are so cool and youthful. They can be dressy but look completely effortless at the same time.
Did you plan to wear the same Marques’Almeida coat today?
T: No! We always end up wearing the same thing – it just happened!
From Cara’s obsession with beanies to Jourdan’s perfect leather jackets, LFW models have downtime dressing nailed. We scoured the backstage area for the coolest looks, to see what was trending off the catwalk and, let’s be honest, get inspired for our own off-duty looks…
A leather biker is the ultimate off-duty staple. Add a berry lip and keep the hair loose, undone and effortless.
Keep it cosy in a throw on blanket scarf in vibrant colours and mix-match prints. Perfect for those early morning call times.
Sleek but effortless, a softly tailored duster jacket turns the simplest outfit into a sartorial statement.