ENDLESS SUMMER: HOLLYWOOD EDITION

Posted on July 27, 2015

What better way to kick off our Endless Summer sessions than in the beautiful Hollywood hills? Part pool party, part festival, the free show at the iconic Roosevelt Hotel saw our guests sipping cocktails in the pool and dancing the evening away to pop perfection Shamir.

Aside from sunning themselves poolside and snacking on mini burgers and fries, our lucky guests were treated to Lana Del Ray-style fresh flower crowns and tried out new hair dos from our free hair braiding bar. It didn’t end there. Our insta-feed was flooded with inflatable flamingos, blow-up beach balls and a seriously shiny booth kitted out with adorable props that made for the cutest photo ops.

But it really was the music that got everyone’s hands in the air. After a mellow electro DJ set we were treated to a slick live band led by star on the rise, Shamir, who played some of his most-loved tracks in the coolest pair of dungarees. The perfect Saturday or what?!

Want to come to our next one? Check our schedule to see when there’s an Endless Summer event coming to a city near you and get free tickets by heading to your nearest Topshop store! Click here to find out more.

GET READY FOR PORT ELIOT!

Posted on July 26, 2015

Looking for a festival with more than just music? Port Eliot is the place to be. Held in the gardens of a medieval monastery and stately home in Cornwall, it’s known for its massively eclectic line-up of culture. The past few years have seen Kate Winslet reading children’s stories, Barbara Hulanicki hosting a drawing masterclass and a film programme hand picked by Martin Scorsese. Then comes the fashion! This year there’ll be a whole zone of the festival curated by British Fashion Council’s Ambassador for Emerging Talent, Sarah Mower. Here’s three of the things we can’t wait to see.

GAME OF THRONES
Yes, you are still reading the right article. Game of Thrones’s actress Gwendoline Christie (and new face of Vivienne Westwood) will chat costume and characters alongside the production and costume designers of the award-winning TV programme. Plus, the NEWGEN team will each be designing their own Game of Thrones style costumes.

MOLLY GODDARD
NEWGEN designer Molly Goddard will be recreating her unique London Fashion Week SS15 presentation live at the festival. Head down to watch a troop of models dressed head-to-toe in Goddard’s super girly looks trying their hand at a life drawing class.

ALEXANDER FURY
The Independent’s Fashion Editor will be holding a live illustrated talk about the influence of medieval fashion throughout the years, featuring pieces from Rick Owens, Giles Deacon and Mary Katrantzou.

 

AN INSIDER LOOK AT BARBARA HEPWORTH

Posted on June 22, 2015

This summer Tate Britain opens a major exhibition on the work of Barbara Hepworth – one of Britain’s greatest sculptors. Want to know more? We chatted to Inga Fraser, the curator behind the show, to get the inside scoop on the blockbuster exhibition before it opens on June 24th.

Can you give us a dummies guide intro to the exhibition and Hepworth’s work?

Barbara Hepworth is one of Britain’s most important modern artists and this exhibition is the first retrospective of her work in London for almost 50 years! She mainly worked as a sculptor and said that sculpture must be understood ‘in person’ – as seeing it in front of you means you experience the materials, textures, forms and mass in a unique way. People often have a strong emotional response to Hepworth’s sculpture – it expresses human feeling in the abstract.

What is unique about the exhibition?

The rooms of the exhibition will focus on the particular environments in which her work was made or seen, such as the Hampstead studio she shared with her second husband Ben Nicholson, the avant-garde magazines she collaborated on and in which her work was published, the landscape of St. Ives in Cornwall where she moved to at the outbreak of war in Europe, and the amazing sculpture pavilion designed by the famous Dutch modernist architect Gerrit Rietveld.

What are the pieces you are most excited about?

I am so excited to see four of Hepworth’s largest carved sculptures from the 1950s together in one room. She was sent a shipment of around 17 tonnes of Guarea wood from Nigeria – and this was transported to the tiny seaside town of St. Ives in Cornwall where she was living. The wood is scented and Hepworth was able to create astonishing abstract forms from the giant logs. It will be a unique opportunity to see these beautiful works together in one space.

How do you start working on an exhibition like this?

You read! You read everything you can get your hands on, then look at as much work as you can, and from there you begin to form an idea of the focus of the exhibition. In this case we were keen to explore her often overlooked international reputation (she had exhibitions all over Europe, in Latin American and Japan in the 1960s and 1970s) and also her involvement with film and photography, both as an extension of her artistic creativity and as a canny means of promoting her work.

Tell us about your career path and how you found yourself in art?

I studied History and Art History at university and after graduating worked part-time, which — super strict budgeting aside — enabled me to volunteer and do internships in arts organisations. I was interested in a broad span of visual culture in the 20th century – art, fashion, design, film and photography and so I worked at the Fashion in Film Festival and other London galleries before joining Tate in 2013.

How would you encourage young people keen to get into the field?

A job in the arts is one of the most rewarding roles you can get. Everyone is so passionate about what they do. I would encourage anyone who wants to work in the arts to gain practical experience. Study is important, and you should pay great attention to detail there, but a detailed knowledge of artworks ‘in the flesh’ is invaluable. Go to as many galleries and exhibitions as you can, really look at what you see there.

Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World, 24 June – 25 October, book ticketes

ALL ABOUT TOPSHOP PLAYLAND

Posted on June 2, 2015

Last weekend we transformed Topshop Oxford Circus into our very own Playland in the form of inflatables, arcade games and treats on tap. Missed it? Here’s the lowdown.

Forget about our regular TOPSHOP sign above the door, from last Friday it was reimagined into an inflatable bouncy-castle style front decorated with ice creams, popcorn and smiley faces. We also transformed our main window into a giant arcade game . Remember the claaaaw? Made famous by Toy Story but also one of our favourite beach-side games, ours was operated by tweeting to manoeuvre the contraption and pick up everything from lipstick to a £500 shopping spree.

 

The fun continued inside the store with a fairground style space dedicated to more serious gaming. A vintage Ms Pac Man was pulled in, a penny pusher which distributed nail polishes and lippies and, potentially our favourite, a Zoltar on hand to read your fashion fortune. “Conquer your fear of dungarees or they will conquer you.” Genius. With so much going on we had to ensure everyone had plenty to fuel their shopping so candyfloss, popcorn and ice cream were all on offer. Don’t say we don’t spoil you.

Topshop Playland might have ended instore but there’s something very exciting coming to topshop.com next week. Stay tuned!

FEEDING THE FASHION CROWD

Posted on May 13, 2015

Want to know what the fashion insiders eat? Meet three female chefs bringing their sought-after recipes to London’s most stylish – with a new book and pop-up restaurant to boot.

TART LONDON

The girls behind catering company Tart have cooked for some of the biggest names in fashion (think Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, Cara Delevingne) and now they’re cooking for you! Founders Jemima Jones and Lucy Carr-Ellison have teamed up with heritage brand Wedgwood to open a pop-up restaurant in London’s Queen’s Park, offering their posh-yet-healthy grub to the public. Head over for a daily changing menu of breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea, all served on exclusive tableware designed by by Wedgwood – fancy.

Tart’s Kitchen is open on 74 Salusbury Road, London, NW6 6NU from 8am-5pm until 23rd June

ANNA BARNETT

Anna Barnett turned her obsession with cooking into blog ‘Get In My Gob‘ back in 2001, which has led to her penning recipes for big fashion mags like Vogue, holding supper clubs for London’s fashion elite and now launching her first cookbook – ‘Eat The Week‘. Offering recipes handily broken down into days of the week, it’s the perfect way to fit cooking into your everyday routine. Whether it’s ‘Budget Mondays’ (suggesting healthy yet reasonably priced recipes because you’ve indulged at the weekend), or Thursday’s ‘Cooking for Company’ (dinner party ideas because you’re ready to be sociable again) – there’s a section to make sure you eat well every single day. We’re sold!

Eat The Week is available to buy on Amazon 

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