Our new Archive collection dropped today – over 30 limited edition styles inspired by decades of Topshop style. And who better to inspire and star in it than model of the moment Ella Richards? Daughter to a Vogue cover girl, granddaughter to Rolling Stone Keith Richards and bridesmaid to Kate Moss – this girl’s got serious cool credentials. We caught up with her to chat childhood Topshop buys, style influences and the perks of model life.
What’s your first memory of Topshop?
I remember being about 12 years old and going to Topshop with my mum. I loved everything but none of the sizes fitted me right! So I would buy tops and wear them as dresses.
Do you have any favourite Topshop pieces from when you were younger?
I have some really cute printed playsuits and loose dresses which I love wearing.
Have they influenced your style?
We have such a strong wealth of fashion talent in the UK, and some really influential brands, and Topshop is definitely one of them, I also love Burberry, it’s great to have such iconic fashion coming out of the UK.
How would you describe your style?
I like to be casual and comfortable so I usually add a nice jacket, top or pair of shoes to look more presentable.
What’s the best thing about being a model?
I love travelling, being surrounded by a lot of really creative people – and meeting new people all the time.
How was it shooting the campaign?
I really enjoyed the shoot, it was so interesting seeing replicas of all the iconic Topshop items. I really liked the polka-dot top and matching shorts because when you wear them together it looks like a playsuit.
How would you style them?
I would probably wear them with trainers and keep the rest simple because the polka-dot pattern is already fun and vibrant.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I like to see friends, family, I read a lot and go on long walks.
What do you think you’ll be doing in five years times?
I’m really loving what I’m doing now, working with great brands and photographers on shoots and campaigns; I also really enjoyed working on my collaboration with Parisian brand Paul & Joe, working with them on creating a collection – getting involved from the beginning, working on the details behind the scenes … this is something I would love to do more of.
What’s the summer got in store for you?
I am going away and seeing family and friends and enjoying the hot weather!
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Actress, dancer, fashion icon, there’s no denying Audrey Hepburn is one of the most famous faces of (pretty much) all time. Last week, The National Portrait Gallery opened a new exhibition dedicated to Hepburn, documenting her life in pictures – from her early stage days to her Hollywood heyday – taken by a ton of prestigious photographers. We’re more than excited to head down and spot all her iconic looks, but if you (like us) can’t wait to get inspired IRL, here’s three ways to channel a classic Hepburn look yourself for 2015.
1. MAKE IT A MIDI
Take your inspiration from Hepburn’s Roman Holiday wardrobe and go for a full ’50s style midi skirt. Wear with trainers or a chunky block heel and t-shirt to keep it up to date.
2. DO A CLASSIC CAT-EYE
Hepburn’s make-up look is almost as iconic as the woman herself. DIY by drawing a cat-eye flick along your upper lash line, smudge over with eyeshadow and finish off with supersize lashes.
3. TAKE IT HIGHER
If you don’t want to go full retro, a dress or top with a high neckline is a great way to give a nod to a vintage look without going too OTT. Audrey favoured a slashed neckline, but this season’s skinny strap square styles will look just as good.
Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon is open now.
No tickets to Berlin Fashion Week? No worries. Whether you’re a city resident or visiting on hols, there’s tonnes of catwalk shows, events and fashion parties open to all. Check out our definitive list:
1. SOPOPULAR PARTY
Crackers, Freidrichstraße, 10117 Berlin, 9th July from 10.30 pm, free
Menswear label Sopopular mixes clean silhouettes, ’90s influences and high-quality fabrics to create its achingly cool collections. This season they’ll be throwing a party at swanky bar and restaurant Crackers to celebrate the collection. And good news: it’s open to everyone and free!
2. POTSDAM NOW
Schinkelhalle im Potsdamer Kulturquartier Schiffbauergasse, 6th-8th July
Want the alternative version of Fashion Week? Head to Postdam Now for public catwalk shows from the coolest off-schedule designers around the world. Book tickets in advance or get them on the door and don’t miss out on the closing party with DJs, dancers and more.
Microsoft Berlin, Unter den Linden 17, 10117 Berlin, 7th-9th July, free
Digitalisation is ever-present, even in fashion. Hosted by Microsoft, this event looks at the influence and possibilities tech is having on fashion, with panel talks, presentations and demos.
4. OLYMPUS PEN PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
Auguststrasse 35 10119 Berlin, 7th-9th July, 10am-7pm, free
Budding fashion blogger or photographer? This workshop from Olympus covers everything from shooting the perfect #oodt to creating your own GIFs and video editing. Everything you need to get snapping at Fashion Week.
HUNGARIAN STYLE AT BFW
Various locations across Berlin, 8th-9th July, free
This BFW, the Hungarian embassy has teamed up with Collegium Hungaricum Berlin to explore the beauty of Hungarian fashion. 10 Hungarian designers (including Piroshka’s stunning pieces pictured) will present their pieces and there’s also a design market.
Don’t forget – free express delivery to Germany is only €6 for a limited time only, or FREE on orders over €75 – Happy Fashion Week!
Our next postcard is from twin sisters Nicole and Danielle Kahlani, the hair stylist and make-up guru who’ve worked with everyone from Versace to British Vogue and MIA. The girls headed to Lisbon for a week of surfing and healthy chow – documenting everything for you with their Olympus PEN camera. Click the image below to scroll through their holiday gallery.
THE HOSTEL: Lisbon Surf House – a cute pink painted house by the beach with beautiful vintage interiors.
THE FOOD: A detox diet of omelettes, green juices and fresh goat’s cheese salads.
THE SURFING: Lessons were laid on by Lisbon Surf House twice a day with surfer dude Ricardo, in-between crucial sunbathing breaks of course.
THE EVENINGS: Chilled dinners in town and trips to Lisbon food hall for dark chocolate macaroons.
Love the twins’ holiday look? Shop their Topshop x Kickers shoes, metallic crop tops and ripped jeans now. Follow Danielle and Nicole on Instagram for more.
In case you hadn’t heard, we’re taking #TBT to new heights this week with the launch of The Archive Collection this coming Thursday. We’ve gone way back into our archives to recreate our favourite pieces from past collections – from ’90s lurex to psychedelic ’60s prints – and have come away with a line ready to wow the most devoted vintage lover. Get a sneak peek at the lookbook (starring the seriously cool Ella Richards) below and head over to Facebook tomorrow to see the complete collection before it drops!
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