BOOK LOVE! VALENTINE’S DAY READS

Posted on February 12, 2015

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, Hausfrau has 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

Going on a big date for V-day? From first swipe to first date, we muse over modern romance in our new film with Topman, here.

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.

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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.

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