WHAT TO SEE AT TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL

Posted on April 23, 2014

Calling all New Yorkers (or those who happen to be visiting in the next month) look no further than the Tribeca Film Festival to get your fill of unique and inspiring film culture! Lower Manhattan’s Tribeca Film Festival has been running for 13 years but has already found its place among the like of Sundance and Cannes in the film festival stakes. I guess that’s unsurprising knowing the talent behind it – Robert De Niro – and the bounty of movie creatives that already exist in New York. That said, there’s an overwhelming 160 films on offer for viewing, so we’ve done the hard work for you and whittled down our favourite moments whatever your taste or fancy!

If you’re a music fan… The Nas documentary: Time is Illmatic

Embrace your New York state of mind! Go behind the recording studio door with Nas in a documentary following the story of Nas’ classic debut, Illmatic. From hearing about his jazz-musician dad to exploring his local neighbourhood, Time is Illmatic opens up Nas’s myriad of inspirations.

If you’re a fashion lover… Dior and I

Start the swooning now! If there’s an haute couture show us Topshop girls are unashamedly poring over, month after it’s happened, it’s Dior. There’s something about that romantic fashion house that is so iconic and now that Raf Simons has taken up the reigns, we’re besotted. Now there’s a chance to get a glimpse at how Simon’s artistic directorship has influenced the house and what goes into those intricately designed gowns. Race you to the front row?

If you’ve got a car… Tribeca Drive-In Screenings

That’s right, TFF isn’t just about classic cinema but bringing back some old school much-loved ways of watching films one of them being the drive in. We romanticise about hanging out in a convertible and watching a classic movie and now you can with TFF’s drive-in screening of Mary Poppins or Splash at the World Financial Centre.

If you’re a wannabe movie maker… Tribeca Talks

Calling all industry insiders here’s a talk you want to be at! Hone your film making skills with news from the greats. Whether it’s soaking up the Art of Sound & Design from the top lot at Dolby or getting an insight into editing room from legendary Martin Scorsese. There’s a talk and a guest that will have you movie-lovers hooked.

Make your TFF plans now and get tickets to all the screenings from their website right here.

YOUR SUMMER MUST-SEE: MATISSE CUT-OUTS

Posted on April 17, 2014

Cut-Outs are a big deal this summer. And no, we don’t mean cut-out crops or open-back shirts (although they are a favourite for us too). We mean Cut-Outs as invented by legendary painter Matisse, and the Tate exhibition dedicated to his later life’s vibrant work. We’ve seen the hype and read all the papers declaring it the exhibition of the summer so went to check out if the critics were right…

Icarus 1943, maquette for plate VIII of the illustrated book Jazz 1947

From epic wall-spanning canvases to mesmerizing stained glass windows, it’s a feast for the eyes. But it’s not just the size, scale and variety of mediums that have us enraptured, it’s the colours. The petrol blue dancing figures, the geometric burnt-orange collages, the sprawling purple seaweed. Not only is Cut-Outs a prolific and rich exhibition but one that excites our inner creative.

Large Composition with Masks 1953

It’s bright, it’s vibrant and it has made us yearn for summer to hurry on up. The fact that Matisse only came to this form in his latter years, and that it often only took a little paint, card and pins to create most of them, blows our minds! For your Easter weekend culture fix or for any weekend from here til September, we can’t recommend this enough.

Henri Matisse, pictured in his studio. Photograph: Lydia Delectorskaya

This will undoubtedly be a summer sell-out so make sure to book your tickets now and make sure to tell us what you think! 

VOGUE DEBUTS TOPSHOP X KATE MOSS

Posted on April 4, 2014

If you haven’t heard the news by now we don’t know where you’ve been, (a desert island perhaps?), but supermodel and style-icon Kate Moss is returning to Topshop with a brand new collection! Inspired by Kate’s renowned vintage wardrobe and standout pieces from collection’s past, the new line is an irresistible ode to Kate’s innate sense of style. We can’t tell you much more about the clothes until the collection launches on 30th April, but you can catch an exclusive first look in the latest issue of British Vogue.

The May edition of the iconic style bible sees Mossy looking breathtaking as ever on the cover. Nothing new you might think, considering she’s graced the cover of Vogue – oh, we don’t know – a million times during her career?! But this issue she’s modelling one of her very own Topshop designs – a scene-stealing fringed jacket she created to replace one that she’d lost.

Inside the mag you’ll find even more sneak peeks; Kate stepped up as Contributing Fashion Editor this issue, styling fellow supermodel Freja Beha Erichsen for a stellar shoot. Pick up a copy to see the Danish beauty showcase Kate’s twist on classic boho – with detailed embroidery, intricate Aztec prints and tassels galore. We can’t wait to get ours hands on it!

The May issue of British Vogue is available to buy at selected Topshop stores and online. Topshop x Kate Moss launches 30.04.2014.

YVES SAINT LAURENT HITS THE BIG SCREEN

Posted on March 28, 2014

We love a good fashion flick over at Topshop HQ. Whether it’s a Coco Chanel biopic or docu-style flick on Bill Cunningham, we’re always first in-line to get some insider knowledge on the fashion greats. Not to mention all the incredible style eye candy on offer! So when we heard a new film dedicated to French designer Yves Saint Laurent was coming, we got seriously excited.

With more YSL-designed gowns and jewellery than you can shake a stick at, it’s well worth a watch for any die hard fashion fan. The film itself looks at the darker side of the designer, honing in on his turbulent relationship of over 30 years with his business partner and lover Pierre Berge.

And the plot line we loved the most? The film’s focus on the women that inspired Yves’ career! Director Jalil Lespert first introduces us to the enigmatic Victoire Doutreleau – a close friend to Yves in his youth and a star model in his early catwalk shows. Played by French actress Charlotte le Bon, she rocks some incredible Dior dresses and is basically one of the chicest characters we’ve ever laid eyes on!

Next Yves meets Betty Catroux, whose long blond hair and androgynous style exuded a cool panache that inspired the first appearance of Le Smoking jacket on the catwalk in the ’60s. The free-spirited jewellery designer Loulou de la Falaise met him later that year, and her bright-coloured, vintage designs soon earned her a place at at Yves’ fashion house as a designer.

So if you’re a fan of French subtitles, feisty female characters and drooling over couture, then make this flick the top of your to-do list this weekend.

Yves Saint Laurent is in cinemas now.

VASHTIE STYLES OUT TOPSHOP

Posted on March 27, 2014

 

If we could trade lives with anyone right now, it would so be Vashtie Kola. Not only is this Downtown New Yorker super talented, (her job title spans everything from film director and writer to DJ, photographer and model), but she’s also been gifted with serious fashion game, styling out killer looks that have us making dream shopping lists every time we hit her blog. That’s why we were stoked to hear she’s a big fan of our recent collaboration with adidas Originals! Check out Vashtie rocking the Topshop x adidas Originals printed vest and tracksuit bottoms above, and read on as we chat all things fashion…

How would you describe your personal style? 

Tomboy by day, drag queen by night!

What’s a normal day in the life of Vashtie? 

No day is ever normal, is anyone’s? Wake up. DJ practice. Work out. Respond to emails. Meetings. Lunch. Write video treatments. Work on creative projects. Conference calls. Dinner with friends. Bed.

What do you love about Topshop? 

Well, I love that I can wear anything Topshop to a cool event and everyone will ask where I got it. Not only are the clothes always on point and on-trend, but they’re affordable! Who doesn’t love that?

What will you be wearing for SS14? 

All white.

What piece of clothing could you not live without? 

My black Timberlands. I wear them in the snow or on red carpets. They are truly transitional.

What do you love about the Topshop x adidas Originals collection? 

I love that both brands came together to create something unique that speaks authentically from both sides.

What’s your favourite piece from the Topshop x adidas Orginals collection? 

The blue jogger shorts. The colour is perfect and the shape is complimentary!

How would you wear the Topshop x adidas Originals collection? 

I would mix it in with girly items for a dressier look and then wear it as is for a casual tomboy look.

Shop the Topshop x adidas Originals collection before it’s gone.