MEET RAE MORRIS

Posted on January 27, 2015

Rae Morris is seriously on a roll. Alongside the fact she dropped her debut album ‘Unguarded’ yesterday (think chilled out, melodic pop) she’s already played a headline slot at Reading & Leeds festival and was recently included in the BBC’s Sound of 2015. Oh, and did we mention she’s only 21?! We caught up her to chat on-stage style, living in LA and her love for the legendary Patti Smith…  

What’s the most exciting thing about your album being released?
For me it’s the thought of people sat at home in their everyday lives listening to the music, to think of it making them feel something, that’s all I’ve ever wanted to do.

You recorded your album in LA, how did you find it? 
Going out to LA for the three months of recording was probably the most important period of time in my life so far. I love the way people are so accepting and everyone just does their own thing.

When did you know you wanted to be an musician? 
I always had it in my head that when I grew up I would do something in music. There really wasn’t another option for me. Maybe aside from being a female firefighter!

Are there any other new artists you’re loving right now?
The BBC  Sound of 2015 introduced me to loads of new stuff I hadn’t heard before, Låpsley and Shura and Slaves – I feel super excited about those guys.

Who are your biggest influences?
My family and the people around me. Humans need other humans to get by!

What do you like to wear on stage? 
For a long time I liked to wear the same thing, but now I like unique trousers and vintage jumpsuits. I think I’m starting to be more adventurous. 

Who’s style would you most like to steal?
It would definitely have to be Patti Smith. Not just when she was floating around New York’s Chelsea Hotel being an effortlessly cool mega-babe, but now as well.

What’s been the best moment of your career so far?
Headlining Reading & Leeds festival last year! Leeds was the first festival I ever went to and it felt really significant to be asked to return .

Unguarded is out now.

 

LET’S GET ’70s (IRL)

Posted on January 23, 2015

In case you hadn’t noticed, ’70s style is having a bit of a moment. Our SS15 collection is packed with key throwback pieces, from psychedelic floral prints, to pussybow blouses and flares. But, we’re not just feeling the far-out vibes when it comes to fashion – ’70s is having a major moment in culture too. So, if you’re ready to take the retro love in next-level, here’s three totally groovy things to do:

1. WATCH: INHERENT VICE

Boogie Nights director Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest on-screen masterpiece is a groovy (a favourite word of the cast) flashback of the ‘60s/’70s, full of dreamy fashion that’s guaranteed to inspire our festival wardrobes this season. Based in California Beach, the film follows private detective Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) as he embarks on a mission to find his ex-lover Shasta (Katherine Waterson) when she mysteriously vanishes. While we’re still daydreaming about Katherine Waterson’s orange crochet dress and Reese Witherspoon’s cute co-ords – the mutton chops comeback is still questionable…

In cinemas from 30 January 2015. Watch the trailer here

c.1976, © Venetia Porter. Thea Porter’s London shop.

2. GO: THEA PORTER: BOHEMIAN CHIC, AT THE FASHION AND TEXTILE MUSEUM
If there was ever a pioneer of ’70s style,  it was Thea Porter. Known for the innovative fashion and interior design sold at her famous Greek street store, her fans ranged from The Beatles to Elizabeth Taylor and Faye Dunaway. Spend a day immersed in her eclectic world in a new retrospective spanning her creations, career and travels.

 Running from 6 February – 3 May, 2015. Head here for more info

3. PIN: FARRAH FAWCETT
The 2nd February marks what would have been the 68th birthday of original Charlie’s Angel and ’70s icon Farrah Fawcett AKA your new pinspiration. Think old school sportswear, fanned out hair and some strong flare wearing game.

Still can’t get enough of the dream decade? Shop ’70s style here.

 

3 TRENDS WE LOVED AT THE GOLDEN GLOBES

Posted on January 12, 2015

Boyhood cleaned up on awards and Tina Fey + Amy Poehler were funny as ever, but what about the all-important red carpet gowns? Here we run down our favourite trends of the night, plus how to make them work IRL.

1. TROUSER SUITS

Our favourite looks? Emma Stone and Lorde win hands down for ditching the dress in favour of cool jumpsuits and tailoring. Try it for your next night out with a bralet worn under an open blazer or a minimal tailored jumpsuit.

Shop jumpsuits and tailoring >

2. SUNSHINE YELLOW

From Jenna Dewan’s soft pastel gown to Emily Ratajkowski’s bright canary dress, the red carpet inspired us to beat our January blues with an injection of yellow. Try it with everything from knits to accessories.

Shop yellow >

3. SPACE-AGE METALLICS

Maybe it’s the Interstellar effect, but many of the GG guests went for liquid metallics that wouldn’t look out of place on a spacecraft. Make the look work for parties with a silver cami or foil-effect bodycon.

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HOW TO WEAR YOUR CHRISTMAS JUMPER

Posted on December 1, 2014

Whether you’re wearing them green, gold and gaudy or going for a subtle smattering of sequins, there’s no denying festive jumpers are officially a thing – the UK has even decided to dedicate a national day to them! Plus, they make an excellent ice breaker at the office Christmas party. This season at Topshop, however, the styles of yesteryear have been pared-back and upgraded with a healthy dose of winter cool. Here’s how we’re planning on wearing them for the final days of 2014.

The Fair Isle style knit has returned complete with Christmas trees, snowmen and snowflakes – perfect when paired with dark wash denim and berry toned lips for a cosy evening catching up at the pub.

The slogan sweat gets a festive upgrade with this chic take on a Christmas knit. Style up with sequins and glittery socks, or throw on over a dress and boots for layered up cool.

Let sequins take centre stage and team this sparkling sweater with an equally jazzy skirt and heels combo for a full festive party look.

Fully in the festive mood? Shop Christmas.

If you haven’t had chance to check out the Design Museum’s latest exhibition, Women Fashion Power yet, now’s your chance. We’re giving away 2 tickets! All you need to do is head to Twitter, retweet and prepare to channel your inner girl boss.

Vivienne Westwood

Designed by stellar architect Zaha Hadid, the show spans 150 years of empowering female fashion; from ouch-inducing corsets and intricately beaded flapper dresses, to ’60s shifts and skinny suits. Alongside some amazing pieces of historic and iconic clothing – worn by some of the most influential women – the exhibition showcases a 7 screen video installation from ShowStudio’s Ruth Hogben, featuring one-off interviews with the likes of Charlotte Olympia and Roksanda Ilincic about their ultimate power pieces. We particularly enjoyed being introduced to the world of beach pyjamas (yes, they’re a thing) and some incredible retro M&S advert footage when we headed down last week. Sound like your cup of tea? Head on over to Twitter.

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