Posted on November 26, 2013
When two people as beautiful as Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson star in a film together surely there’s got to be some magic? Our minds did nearly implode with the overwhelming gorgeousness seen on screen but we managed to hold it together to watch as the two of them star in what might just be one of the most unexpectedly brilliant films of the season. The film centres around Gordon-Levitt’s Don Jon and his obsession with girls, girls, girls. He’s the modern day Don Juan and makes for entertaining viewing, especially when he’s badly attempting to pick up the magnetic Barbara Sugarman a.k.a. Scarlett Johansson. There’s awkward dating scenes and lots of cringing, laugh out loud moments but underneath the giggles is the sad reality that Don Jon is a man trying to break away from the craziness of modern life.
It’s also the directorial debut for Gordon-Levitt too and we can’t imagine how he managed the workload of lead star and visionary (although we’re pretty sure he didn’t mind Johansson for company.) If you are looking for a flick that deserves to be talked about but won’t leave you quite as traumatized as Gravity, we’d bet our last box of popcorn this could be a winner.
Posted on November 25, 2013
Sasha Keable’s soulful vocals could have come straight outta the sunny stoops of Brooklyn. Her seductive lilts and r’n’b hooks are reminiscent of all the classics – Kelis, Mary J – and her innovative take on the genre transcends her mere twenty years. Truth is, this South Londoner is about to explode. Inbetween gigging with Disclosure, hitting the studio with Dev Hynes and signing a five-album deal with Disturbing London/Polydor, Ms Keable found some time to talk vinyl and her affinity for tartan skirts. Plus we premiere her newest music video, Nice Side, below.
How would you describe your sound?
My sound is mainly a mix between Soul, R’n'B, Hip Hop and my new stuff is quite heavily influenced by 80′s Dance and Soul music.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given and who gave it to you?
I’m the worst with remembering people’s advice, but I’m lucky to have my family, friends and a great management team (Disturbing London) who care about me a lot, so I get good advice every day.
Tell us what’s in your wardrobe and describe your style.
I wear a lot of dark colours and I’m quite boyish with my style but right now I’m loving cute tartan skirts. I have a great navy blue cashmere jumper I bought from Topshop that I’ve been wearing with everything! Also I just stocked up on winter wear in opening ceremony and Paul Smith last week so I’m excited to wear all that stuff.
What’s the most flamboyant piece of clothing you own?
I got this amazing baby pink oriental silk coat from a charity shop a few months ago, it’s so ridiculous but it’s beautiful! I’m waiting for the right occasion to wear it.
Do you dress differently on stage? If so how does your onstage style differ to the everyday?
I definitely spend a lot more time planning my outfits for my performances, I wear colour on stage which I don’t day to day and I dress a lot more flamboyantly on stage, i feel you have to if you want to be seen.
What does 2014 have in store for Sasha?
It’s going to be a busy year for me, I’ll be releasing another EP around March, doing a lot of live shows of my own and writing and releasing my first album, it’s a really exciting time.
Tell us about the first single you bought and when you bought it. What do you think that says about you?
The first thing I remember buying is my first vinyl. It was Basement Jaxx – Romeo. My stepdad got me into DJing, he bought me these decs when I was 9 and I went crazy, constantly buying records when I could and learning to mix. My stepdad got me into dance music, so I don’t think it says that much about me but the same day I bought Justin Timberlake – Like I Love You on vinyl, I think that pretty much depicts a 9 year old girl in 2003.
If you could record a track with one person dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Probably Frank Sinatra, I would record a really great duet with him, maybe something Christmassy, I think that would be amazing.
What’s been the highlight of your career thus far and why?
There’s been so many highlights in 2013! Being a part of the whole Disclosure project and travelling to New York to work with Dev Hynes were amazing but I think the biggest highlight was releasing my debut EP ‘Black Book’. Knowing people have my music on their phones and hearing my tracks on the radio is pretty crazy.
Tell us about the best gig you’ve ever played and what made it amazing…
The best gig I ever played was at Notting Hill Carnival this year with Disclosure, the vibe was CRAZY! Everyone was dancing and going mad, the energy was electric. Also sharing a stage with Damian Marley was an incredible feeling.
Watch our exclusive launch of Sasha’s new track and music video below. Revisit Sasha’s latest video Careless Over You here. Sasha’s EP Black Boots can be downloaded here.
Posted on November 20, 2013
Photo by Samuel John Butt
Whether we’re lacking inspiration or craving a little arty respite, the Tate Britain has become every Topshop girls’ go-to gallery. So, when we heard the grand building in London’s very fancy Pimlico was getting a serious renovation we were more than excited. You might have noticed the pillared entrance on the Thames has been closed off for quite some time but on Monday night the gallery finally unveiled it’s facelift with VIP party for the art world’s elite, flowing food and drink and DJ sets by the likes of Mount Kimbie.
John Singer Sargent, Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose, 1885-1886
After getting our nails done by the WAH! Nails girls – who were turning the art world hot for nail art! – and dancing to the Dazed curated playlist, we wandered around the newly fashion space to see what had changed. The truth is, not very much had changed, but rather the renovation has brought a lot more love to the older parts of the building that were built in 1893. Awesome bits to look out for when you’re visiting the space are the jaw-dropping central staircase and the new chronological order of the paintings – art history made simples!
Photo by Helene Binet
The great thing about Tate Britain isn’t just that great masters and artists who house the walls – Milton, Hockney, Turner, Bacon, etc – but the events that have been popping up through the gallery. On Saturday 23rd the gallery hosts a public House Warming party with a DJ set from Alexis Taylor and a fashion workshop from Emma Yeo and on 6th December we’ll be throwing our hand in the air for another Late at Tate Britain night with Warp Records.
See you there Saturday, yeah?
As part of the Tate’s Fashion Meets Art videos see designer’s Preen talk about their love for David Hockney’s Splash painting.
Posted on October 24, 2013
Our friend and muse, Kate Bosworth has returned once again to the world of fashion at Topshop to work with our design team on a new capsule collection dedicated to winter. A modern take on everyday classic, the collection is studded with standout pieces including a gorgeous shearling coat and statement silver t-shirt. We managed to get some precious time with the actress and style icon to talk inspiration, Mondrian and our creative director, Kate Phelan.
What was the inspiration behind the collection?
For fall, the idea was to create a collection that is strong and graphic, yet restrained. I wanted to create luxurious, minimalist pieces. Though different in tone from the more bohemian inspired Spring festival collection, this collection is equally as true an extension of my personal aesthetic. I wanted to balance a neat, clean line with an oversized shape, to mix feminine and masculine. The color scheme is Mondrian inspired- black and whites mixed with cracked metallics and a pop of red. I respond to a monochromatic look. For example, the red shirt with the red leather pants.
What was the best part of working on the collection?
Learning. Kate Phelan is an incredible mentor. She clearly has a ton of experience and knowledge, and she is so generous and warm in sharing it. Any intimidation I felt in the beginning of the design process was immediately extinguished by her kind spirit.
Tell us about some of your favourite pieces in the collection and why.
I wanted to create a great fitting leather pant that hit at the ankle. The red leather pant is one of my favorite pieces in The Collection. They look great paired with the red shirt from The Collection to create a cool, tonal look. Or throw on your boyfriends cotton. This should feel effortless. I also love the white leather pieces… the coat, the skirt, the simple white leather v-neck. I find white an extremely chic color, especially in the fall. The black fuzzy flannel overcoats are also great. They feel timeless, luxurious and cozy. The crackled silver pieces are eye catching and unique without feeling over the top because of the classic shape of the silhouette.
What was the mood and style behind the accompanying film?
Michael Polish directed “The Collection” Topshop film and photographed the campaign. We were inspired by pop art so the impact is instant.
What is it about Topshop that you love?
I appreciate the accessible price point of Topshop merchandise, the passion of the team, the ability to explore many different styles in house, and the quick turnaround of product. We strive to evoke a feeling- which is what fashion is all about.
How can you see Topshop girls wearing the collection?
Putting their own spin on the pieces… Fashion should express a feeling. Therefore, it’s important for girls to be individual in how they express themselves.
Watch the film Kate Bosworth rocks the collection in which she created with husband and director Michael Polish below and don’t forget to shop the collection, here.
Posted on October 21, 2013
Two things come to mind for us when we hear the phrase ‘flappers’ – firstly, an image of a decadent Gatsby party smattered with limby women doing the Charleston and secondly, an elegant Halloween costume choice, a tasselled dress and long sleeved gloves. In our eyes flapper girl have been immortalized in gorgeous slinky shifts, drinking endless cocktails with legions of handsome men fawning over them – who wouldn’t want to be these women?
Author Judith Mackrell does the wonderful job of destroying any pre-conceptions we might have had of these modernist figures in her addictive book, Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation. Yes, there was a lot of dancing, drinking and canoodling for these women but there was a lot of drama in between (which, as it goes, makes for some seriously good reading!)
Exploring the lives of six of the most iconic women of the era — writer Zelda Fitzgerald, dancer Josephine Baker, artist Tamara de Lempicka, actress Tallulah Bankhead, poet Nancy Bankhead and countess Diana Cooper — Mackrell opens up their uniquely daring pasts to create a book that prickles with the heat and rhythm of the Jazz Age and leaves you completely slack-jawed. Whether it’s Josephine Baker’s rags to riches story of husbands at 15 and a whole lot of dancing or Zelda Fitzgerald’s tumultuous and fiery marriage and work, these women lived unlike anyone we’ve ever heard of before and Mackrell’s searing writing makes it sizzle. Get your flapper on this season and get reading now.