Off to prom this year and looking for the perfect outfit? Well you’re in luck. We’re playing the Prom Fairy Godmother and giving you the chance to have your dream dress made bespoke by Topshop! All you need to do is share your ultimate dress with us via a Pinterest mood board, and over the next few weeks we’ll be judging your entries with a little help from Miss Vogue Editor, Emily Sheffield. With years of experience in the fashion industry and Deputy Editor of the style bible that is British Vogue itself, Emily has just the eye to choose the most fabulous frock. Read on as she tells us what makes a winning mood board, plus tips on where to find inspiration for your dress.
Last year’s UK winner Saskia, with her prom-perfect dress.
What are you looking for from the winning dress design?
A sense of identity and style and an awareness of current trends. Most of all, fun and femininity.
Where’s a good place to get creative inspiration?
Old films, books and magazines you love and have inspired you, plus look at vintage fashion and cross reference with new trends. There may be art and cultural movements you have studied or interiors where the fabrics inspire you too. Inspiration is everywhere! Don’t just look at the internet.
What would have been your dream prom dress as a student?
Black and gothic, ripped, shredded and a bit like a Meadham Kirchoff dress. In reality, however, I never wore prom dresses, mine were tight and short and very punky. I was obsessed with the Grease films, especially where Sandy wears the super tight black disco pants!
Who would be your ultimate prom king and queen?
Danny and Sandy from Grease.
When did you realise you wanted to get into the fashion industry?
I was in newspapers as a journalist for ten years and then a job came up at Harper’s Bazaar then Vogue, so I sort of fell into it. I’ve always loved journalism first and foremost. Fashion has always been a passion; I had pages of Vogue ripped and pasted all over my bedroom walls since I was five, and obsessively tried to follow trends as a teen by making my own dresses and outfits at school on the sewing machines.
What advice would you give to girls who wanted to get into fashion?
Work hard, be inspired, be confident and then more hard work. Set your goals high, find good mentors and go for it. Also, an awful lot of very talented people I know in fashion went to Central Saint Martins… I wish I had. And don’t be afraid to start your own business.
Who is the Miss Vogue girl?
Any young girl who loves fashion and is interested in the world and what other girls are up to.
What made 2013 the right time to launch Miss Vogue in the UK?
I think there is so much fashion available to everyone now – an incredible high street, great vintage stores and fashion is much more available to all on the internet, so we wanted to reach out to these incredibly savvy teens and hopefully provide them with a fun magazine to further inspire their fashion choices.
What makes a great Miss Vogue cover star like Cara Delevingne?
Personal style, a big friendly personality and a sense of fun. We don’t think anyone should take themselves too seriously, being young should be a time of adventure and exploration. Try everything and anything (as long as it is safe for your health and well-being of course).
Instant style tips, mood boards, competitions, stunning Vogue archive imagery, celebrity gossip and Miss Vogue’s team, reporting direct to our readers with lots of opportunities for interaction. Tumblr also launches next week on Monday. Search for Miss Vogue UK for all our social media channels. We look forward to meeting you all online!
Alone this Valentine’s Day? Don’t sweat it. February 14th isn’t just for couples, as proven by these awesome things to do without an other half.
1. Hit the town
Whatever your relationship status, V-day is one big excuse for a party. We’ll be hitting up House of Wolf in London for top DJs and a ‘Blind Date’ show, while our New York pals will be heading to the Beyonce-themed dinner at Brooklyn restaurant Brucie’s, with dishes including Brestiny’s Child and I am Pasta Fierce.
2. Watch a slasher movie
One of the best antidotes to the ubiquitous cuddly toys and kissing couples? A slasher flick of course. We’d recommend gory classics like Final Destination or Scream. Even if it’s just to crush on Drew Barrymore’s ’90s bob.
3. Have a Galentine’s sleepover
Gather your favourite gal pals together for an old-school sleepover. We’re thinking face masks, mani-pedis and Twister. Or get everyone to bring their unwanted clothes for a swapping sesh.
4. Spend it with Ryan Gosling
Download every film ever made by your man-crush of choice and treat yourself to an eye candy marathon.
5. Cuddle some cats
Embrace the ‘cat lady’ stereotype and head to Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium – East London’s very first cat cafe. Here you can kick back and relax with a cup of tea and spend time in the soothing company of the owner’s purring feline friends.
6. Treat yourself
Not everyone gets inundated with cards on V-day. So if there’s no sign of any roses arriving on your desk then you might as well treat yourself. Nothing says true love like a new pair of shoes…
We’re dying to hit the park in all the new Spring/Summer trends, but we’ve got to face facts – it’s still pretty cold out there! So we’ll just have to find other ways to see out the winter. Luckily, a new Richard Hamilton exhibition at the Tate Modern provides just the ticket.
When we think of Pop Art, it’s Andy Warhol that immediately springs to mind, but it was Richard Hamilton who actually founded this bold art genre. The Tate’s exhibition is the first retrospective to cover the full scope of Hamilton’s work, right from his ’50s collages to his final paintings in 2011. Highlights have to be the artist’s Fun House 1956 installation right in the centre of the exhibition – a specially curated room that combines images from movie-posters, magazines and art works to create an immersive look into pop culture of the time. It’s a history lesson made simples!
Other awesome things to look out for are the pics of Mick Jagger in iconic series Swingeing London, as well as Hamilton’s depictions of celebs like Bing Crosby and Marilyn Monroe.
So don your new season gingham smock or short-sleeved knit and shelter from the rain in the safety of the Tate. The exhibition will run from 13 February – 26 May, so there’s no excuse to miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime treat!
Want something a little different to soothe away your Friday night excesses? Roxx London has just the thing with Soundtrack Saturdays – a new brunch concept with a movie-inspired twist. The inaugural event is happening this month (just down the road from our Oxford Circus flagship) and pays homage to cult movie classic Pulp Fiction – or more specifically the film’s legendary dance-off scene!
With cocktails on arrival you’ll soon be ready to shake off the night before on the dance floor, followed by a restorative three-course feast that includes Big Kahuna burgers and five dollar milkshakes. Expect costumes, music and decorations all modelled on the film – making you feel like you’ve stepped right into Tarantino’s Jack Rabbit Slim club.
So wear your best white shirt, kick off your shoes and get ready to twist like Uma Thurman…
Soundtrack Saturdays, 22 February, Roxx London, Tickets sell out quick so book yours early!
Do you want to ignite a million flashbulbs and be a street style star like the inimitable Caroline Issa, bold Susie Bubble or extravagant Anna Dello Russo? To celebrate the start of New York Fashion Week, we reveal the five instant style updates that will ensure you get papped during show season too…
The classic white shirt made a major return to the runways this spring and it’s sure to be on heavy style rotation during the upcoming fashion weeks. Our top tip? Layer oversized iterations over unexpected separates such as vibrant pin-thin trousers or a leather skirt. A simple gold choker finishes the look.
3: PUSH THE PANTONE
Reinvigorate a dull day (because, let’s face it, it’s still winter out there) with a pop of bright colour. From a bright silk shirt to an eye-catching lipstick, a vibrant accent is guaranteed to turn heads and give you a mood-boosting lift – what’s not to love?