Alexander McQueen, Savage Beauty is finally open! We popped by for an early preview of the exhibition and believe us, it justifies the hype. Here’s five reasons you’d be a fool to miss out…
1. It’s McQueen’s homecoming
“London’s where I was brought up. It’s where my heart is and where I get my inspiration.” The McQueen quote that greets visitors makes it feel even more poignant that Savage Beauty has finally arrived in the designer’s hometown. You’ll get a real sense of just how much the city inspired him, from Savile Row to Jack the Ripper and taxi drivers like his dad.
2. Each room feels like a part of his identity
This isn’t just an exhibition of mannequins. Curator Claire Wilcox’s genius transformation of each room feels just as ground breaking as McQueen’s designs. We don’t want to spoil it too much, but expect spooky bone-cratfed catacombs, trippy animations and a ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ filled floor-to-ceiling with some of his most iconic pieces.
3. You’ll see hundreds of his greatest hits up-close
The armadillo shoes? Tick. The revolving spray paint dress? They’ve got it. These and over a hundred of McQueen’s most memorable designs are on display for you to see in all their intricacy. We could’ve stayed there staring for hours.
4. You’ll feel like a front row guest
McQueen was renowned for taking the traditional fashion show and turning it into something more akin to performance art. See the original mirrored box from his controversial asylum show and get mesmerised as Kate Moss appears before you’re eyes in the very same hologram that wowed his guests in 2006.
5. It’s emotional
Not only is this exhibition expertly done, but it’s also emotional. From the tragedy of his death, to the feelings of patriotism that it brings – we reckon it might bring a tear to your eye.
Convinced? 200 Savage Beauty tickets are available each day on a first-come-first-serve basis until 2nd August. Find out more from the V&A.
Treating your mum to flowers this Sunday? We’ve got just the place. Flora Starkey is one of our favourite London florists – so much so that we asked her to created the British countryside-inspired floral arrangements for our AW15 Unique show at London Fashion Week. We caught up with her to chat about the show, plus what to pick for Mother’s Day.
What was the inspiration behind the flowers at the Topshop Unique show?
We wanted to reference the beautiful prints in the collection (inspired by the English countryside) so used thistles and other wild and natural looking plants. Florist and author Constance Spry was also an inspiration. Her work was from a time before flowers were shipped internationally and so they were always British and seasonal.
How did the Tate Britain venue impact on the choice of flowers?
The venue is such an impressive space, it really needs volume to fill it. So I went big with the branches and we added some larger flowers like peonies and poppies.
Mother’s Day is coming up! What makes the perfect bouquet?
It’s the perfect time for tulips, hyanciths and sweet smelling paperwhites.
What trends are big in floristry now?
I think that there’s a definite move towards a looser more natural style. I think we’ll see a real departure from the formal domed arrangements that have been around for so long now.
What would you advise to budding florists?
My main advice would be to get hands on experience. Practice and experiment with flowers at any opportunity. It’s very hard work but also very rewarding!
From Solange’s wedding dance with her son, to the ever expanding Beckham clan, we’re celebrating Mother’s Day by remembering four of our favourite mummy moments.
1. SOLANGE’S MOTHER/SON WEDDING DANCE
That dress wasn’t the only thing everyone was talking about after Solange’s surprise wedding last year – at the reception she performed a dance to Rae Sremmurd’s ‘No Flex Zone’ with her 10 year old son, Julez and it was insanely adorable.
2. ZOE KRAVITZ AND LISA BONET, TWINNING
In case you hadn’t noticed, Zoe Kravitz has really cool parents, but we particularly loved this snap of Zoe with her mum, Lisa Bonet, which Zoe captioned ‘Night out with my best gal’. Aww.
3. JOURDAN DUNN’S SINGING SON
The cutest Fashion Week moment by far this season was Jourdan Dunn’s Instagram video of her son Riley performing ‘Everything Is Awesome’ from the Lego movie, for her celeb pals, Cara Delevingne, Taylor Swift and Kendall Jenner.
4. FRONT ROW FAMILY
Ever since Victoria Beckham began showing her collection at NYFW, the Beckham brood have been placed firmly (next to Anna Wintour of course) on the front row supporting their mum, dressed in super sharp looks.
Are you a mum-to-be? Check out our stylish maternity and mini designs.
Valentine’s Day is coming up and while the idea of going for a fancy meal with your beau or staying in with your single gal pals sounds good, we actually think it’s the perfect opportunity to make it all about YOU. Run a bath, grab some kettle chips (Topshop girls’ snack of choice) and get stuck into a good book. We’ve put together a list of new favourites from the seriously romantic to the anti-valentine’s…
If you liked Amelié (yes, we know it’s a movie!)… All This Has Nothing to Do with Me by Monica Sabolo
A homage to those exciting early stages of love. The protagonist keeps a detailed journal of every moment with her new love – think emails and photographs but also drawn out diagrams and found momentos. It’s obsessive, charming and tinged with that oddly comforting feeling of unrequited love.
If you liked 50 Shades of Grey… Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum
50 Shades divides opinion at Topshop but there’s no doubt it was a real stormer in the book charts. Released this March, Hausfrauhas been causing a similar initial buzz in literary circles. Don’t be fooled though, the leading lady in Hausfrau shouldn’t be underestimated and her journey from suburban housewife to rebel leaves you wanting so much more.
If you liked Grace Coddington’s memoir… The Way We Wore by Daphne Selfe
Now here’s a love affair we can get behind – one with fashion! Model Daphne Selfe tells her story from her early days as a department store model in the ’50s to now, as a regular in glossy magazine pages even in her late eighties. Get inspired!
If you liked Gone Girl… The Fever by Megan Abbot
This may be based at a high school but Mean Girls this is not. A mystery illness sweeps the school (Virgin Suicides style) and secrets abound. Abbot keeps us wrapped around her little finger with her moorish storytelling and slow unravelling. Snap it up, here!
If you liked Never Been Kissed… The Gospel According to Drew Barrymore by Pippa Wright
Yup, we’ve compared a book to a movie AGAIN. Either way, if you have a fondness for the ’90s you are bound to love this book. An easy read about female friendship that’s littered with pop culture references, we recommend this one for those of you who maybe haven’t picked up a book in a while. Find out more: http://bit.ly/1DBlIOT
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 .