YOUR SUMMER MUST-SEE: MATISSE CUT-OUTS

Posted on April 17, 2014

Cut-Outs are a big deal this summer. And no, we don’t mean cut-out crops or open-back shirts (although they are a favourite for us too). We mean Cut-Outs as invented by legendary painter Matisse, and the Tate exhibition dedicated to his later life’s vibrant work. We’ve seen the hype and read all the papers declaring it the exhibition of the summer so went to check out if the critics were right…

Icarus 1943, maquette for plate VIII of the illustrated book Jazz 1947

From epic wall-spanning canvases to mesmerizing stained glass windows, it’s a feast for the eyes. But it’s not just the size, scale and variety of mediums that have us enraptured, it’s the colours. The petrol blue dancing figures, the geometric burnt-orange collages, the sprawling purple seaweed. Not only is Cut-Outs a prolific and rich exhibition but one that excites our inner creative.

Large Composition with Masks 1953

It’s bright, it’s vibrant and it has made us yearn for summer to hurry on up. The fact that Matisse only came to this form in his latter years, and that it often only took a little paint, card and pins to create most of them, blows our minds! For your Easter weekend culture fix or for any weekend from here til September, we can’t recommend this enough.

Henri Matisse, pictured in his studio. Photograph: Lydia Delectorskaya

This will undoubtedly be a summer sell-out so make sure to book your tickets now and make sure to tell us what you think! 

VOGUE DEBUTS TOPSHOP X KATE MOSS

Posted on April 4, 2014

If you haven’t heard the news by now we don’t know where you’ve been, (a desert island perhaps?), but supermodel and style-icon Kate Moss is returning to Topshop with a brand new collection! Inspired by Kate’s renowned vintage wardrobe and standout pieces from collection’s past, the new line is an irresistible ode to Kate’s innate sense of style. We can’t tell you much more about the clothes until the collection launches on 30th April, but you can catch an exclusive first look in the latest issue of British Vogue.

The May edition of the iconic style bible sees Mossy looking breathtaking as ever on the cover. Nothing new you might think, considering she’s graced the cover of Vogue – oh, we don’t know – a million times during her career?! But this issue she’s modelling one of her very own Topshop designs – a scene-stealing fringed jacket she created to replace one that she’d lost.

Inside the mag you’ll find even more sneak peeks; Kate stepped up as Contributing Fashion Editor this issue, styling fellow supermodel Freja Beha Erichsen for a stellar shoot. Pick up a copy to see the Danish beauty showcase Kate’s twist on classic boho – with detailed embroidery, intricate Aztec prints and tassels galore. We can’t wait to get ours hands on it!

The May issue of British Vogue is available to buy at selected Topshop stores and online. Topshop x Kate Moss launches 30.04.2014.

YVES SAINT LAURENT HITS THE BIG SCREEN

Posted on March 28, 2014

We love a good fashion flick over at Topshop HQ. Whether it’s a Coco Chanel biopic or docu-style flick on Bill Cunningham, we’re always first in-line to get some insider knowledge on the fashion greats. Not to mention all the incredible style eye candy on offer! So when we heard a new film dedicated to French designer Yves Saint Laurent was coming, we got seriously excited.

With more YSL-designed gowns and jewellery than you can shake a stick at, it’s well worth a watch for any die hard fashion fan. The film itself looks at the darker side of the designer, honing in on his turbulent relationship of over 30 years with his business partner and lover Pierre Berge.

And the plot line we loved the most? The film’s focus on the women that inspired Yves’ career! Director Jalil Lespert first introduces us to the enigmatic Victoire Doutreleau – a close friend to Yves in his youth and a star model in his early catwalk shows. Played by French actress Charlotte le Bon, she rocks some incredible Dior dresses and is basically one of the chicest characters we’ve ever laid eyes on!

Next Yves meets Betty Catroux, whose long blond hair and androgynous style exuded a cool panache that inspired the first appearance of Le Smoking jacket on the catwalk in the ’60s. The free-spirited jewellery designer Loulou de la Falaise met him later that year, and her bright-coloured, vintage designs soon earned her a place at at Yves’ fashion house as a designer.

So if you’re a fan of French subtitles, feisty female characters and drooling over couture, then make this flick the top of your to-do list this weekend.

Yves Saint Laurent is in cinemas now.

VASHTIE STYLES OUT TOPSHOP

Posted on March 27, 2014

 

If we could trade lives with anyone right now, it would so be Vashtie Kola. Not only is this Downtown New Yorker super talented, (her job title spans everything from film director and writer to DJ, photographer and model), but she’s also been gifted with serious fashion game, styling out killer looks that have us making dream shopping lists every time we hit her blog. That’s why we were stoked to hear she’s a big fan of our recent collaboration with adidas Originals! Check out Vashtie rocking the Topshop x adidas Originals printed vest and tracksuit bottoms above, and read on as we chat all things fashion…

How would you describe your personal style? 

Tomboy by day, drag queen by night!

What’s a normal day in the life of Vashtie? 

No day is ever normal, is anyone’s? Wake up. DJ practice. Work out. Respond to emails. Meetings. Lunch. Write video treatments. Work on creative projects. Conference calls. Dinner with friends. Bed.

What do you love about Topshop? 

Well, I love that I can wear anything Topshop to a cool event and everyone will ask where I got it. Not only are the clothes always on point and on-trend, but they’re affordable! Who doesn’t love that?

What will you be wearing for SS14? 

All white.

What piece of clothing could you not live without? 

My black Timberlands. I wear them in the snow or on red carpets. They are truly transitional.

What do you love about the Topshop x adidas Originals collection? 

I love that both brands came together to create something unique that speaks authentically from both sides.

What’s your favourite piece from the Topshop x adidas Orginals collection? 

The blue jogger shorts. The colour is perfect and the shape is complimentary!

How would you wear the Topshop x adidas Originals collection? 

I would mix it in with girly items for a dressier look and then wear it as is for a casual tomboy look.

Shop the Topshop x adidas Originals collection before it’s gone.

FIVE APPS YOU NEED NOW

Posted on March 19, 2014

Find Snapchat stupid? Tired of Tinder? Then it’s time to refresh your phone with some of us Topshop girls’ favourite apps. From organising your schedule to creating LOL moments with your mates, these five will change your life for the better!

1. ASAP54

We’ve all been there – you catch sight of the perfect outfit in the street but they’re too far away, and you’re too shy to approach. Or you’ve seen a FROW-er in a coat you need, but you can’t find said coat’s whereabouts for love nor money. ASAP54 lets you snap things you love and matches items to your picture. You can see what others are snapping too. Love it.

2. Dreame

Most people have a recurring dream they remember, but imagine if you had an actual record of that dream, in visual form. Well, now you don’t have to imagine, and thanks to our new favourite app Dreame, your dreams can become a reality! All you have to do is pick one of Dreame’s amazing illustrators, send off an account of your dream and you’ll receive a beautiful personalised drawing depicting your reverie.

3. HBO Girls Emojis

Instamoji has joined forces with our fave HBO series Girls, so that you can customise your photos with iconic imagery from the show. Download the free app to style your selfies with Hannah’s infamous yellow string vest, add her Birthday B*** trucker hat to a card for your bezzie, or give your Granny a makeover with Shoshanna’s elaborate topknot – something Lena Dunham actually did to her own Grandma. Priceless.

4. Wunderlist

Whether it’s reminding your flatmate that you need to buy milk, or effectively managing your own business, we can’t get enough of Wunderlist. Useable across all platforms and sharable with friends, family and colleagues, the team behind this app (pictured above) allow you to manage and create multiple to-do lists. If you haven’t got it, get it now.

5. AutoRapp

With special ‘rapification’ Smule’s Autorap will bring out the rap star in even the most unlikely rapper. All you have to do is record a voice-over and AutoRap will ‘rap it up.’ You can choose from standardised backing beats or known ditties from the likes of Azealia Banks or Jay Z. It’s an interesting one – how else could we hear our weekly shopping list to the tune of ’99 Problems’?

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