TAKE 5: LEOPARD PRINT ICONS

Posted on September 29, 2014

Leopard print a staple in your wardrobe? Us too! But this trend goes way back. From ’50s pin-ups to ’90s music vids, we’re paying homage to the perennial print with our ultimate leopard-loving icons.

1. ELIZABETH TAYLOR

Leopard print first became a ‘thing’ in the 50s, when Dior debuted his printed ‘Jungle’ dress on the catwalk. Cue Elizabeth Taylor rocking leopard spots with everything, even on the beach in this killer one-piece.

2. DEBBIE HARRY

Leopard print gets punk! The Blondie frontwoman was a fierce advocate of wild prints – think skin-tight leotards with her signature red lips and rebel attitude.

3. SHANIA TWAIN

We’re guessing you watched this on repeat when it came out in 1998. Leopard coat, crop top, trousers, platforms AND matching travel case too much? Not for Shania Twain…

4. MEL B

Scary Spice was fiercer than any leopard in the wild – catsuits, bralets and those platform buffalos made her leopard looks iconic.

5. ALEXA CHUNG

Today’s leopard queen? It’s got to be Alexa. Whether it’s mannish tailored coats, lace-up brogues or a Topshop mini – she nails it every time.

Feeling inspired by our leopard icons? Shop leopard print now.

MEET THE CARNIVAL QUEEN

Posted on August 20, 2014

It’s nearly time for Notting Hill Carnival which means we’re gearing up for two days of out-there costumes, great music and of course some serious dancing! To get us all in the mood, who better to chat to than one of its coolest dancers? Zizi Scandal (real name Aziza Jones) is the 21 year old star from dancehall crew The Heatwave, whose Hot Wuk parties are one of the hottest at Carnival every year!

Hi Zizi! How did you get into dance?

I have always danced as a child, but I never pursued it professionally until I met The Heatwave at Notting Hill Carnival in 2011!

Can you sum up your dance style in three words?

Provocative. Fun. Energetic.

What are you most looking forward to about Carnival?

I’m so excited to perform on the Red Bull stage with the rest of The Heatwave crew!

What will you wear?

On the morning I’ll be heading up one of the trucks as part of the parade, so will be rocking top-to-toe white to represent the Angel of Hope. And for my Red bull performance… you’ll have to wait and see.

What’s a Heatwave party like?

It’s a party where no-one behaves!

What’s been the best place you’ve danced apart from Carnival?

The one that sticks out is our boat party at Outlook festival in Croatia. It was epic. Hundreds of people in the middle of the ocean with nothing around you but sea, good music and a boat full of people ready to party till the sun goes down. Words cannot describe!

How would you describe your look?

I don’t really have a look. I have a billion looks! I wake up in the morning and dress however I feel. Vintage, punk rock, current fashion, tomboyish whatever!

Who’s wardrobe would you love to trade with?

Kelis!

What does the future hold for you? 

I want to travel the world just living life on the go, exploring new countries and cultures. That would be so perfect.

Catch Zizi at The Heatwave’s Hot Wuk Carnival Truck Party this Saturday at Koko and Notting Hill Carnival on Monday.

LONDON’S 5 HOT HAIR SHOPS

Posted on August 6, 2014

Packing your rucksack for Wilderness? Off to your best mates wedding? Whatever you’re up to this weekend, make sure you do it with a killer hairdo, courtesy of these gotta-know hair shops in London.

Best for a cut? BUTCHERS SALON

The stylists at Butchers Salon are seriously skilled with a pair of scissors and have done the ‘dos for many a high-end fashion shoot, not to mention all those celebs on your Pinterest hairspiration boards. Stylist Diana has cut hair for the likes of Alexa Chung, Daisy Lowe and Laura Bailey and even gave Pixie Geldof THAT punky crop for Vogue. So if you fancy a next-level cut to rival the stars, this is the place to get it.

Best for a pamper sesh? BLUE TIT

The guys behind Blue Tit believe that a haircut should be a whole experience, not just a transaction. And that’s exactly what you get at their branches in Dalston, Clapton and more recently Peckham. Each is beautifully designed with its own unique character, making you feel like you’ve just stepped into a boutique hotel or the coolest dressing room, ever. Relax with home-made smoothies (or something a little stronger) and enjoy head massages and luxurious treatments before getting a cut from their award-winning (and achingly cool) stylists. You’ll never want to leave.

Best for going natural? GLASS HOUSE SALON

Found in Hackney’s cool ‘n’ casual members club Netil House, Glasshouse Salon is a new fav at Topshop HQ. This slick Scandi-designed space offers all the usuals (cuts, highlights, dip-dyes and treatments) but everything is completely organic and natural. That means using products that are gentle, nourishing and far, far better for your hair. Lovely.

Best for a treatment? EASTON REGAL

Summer sun taken its toll on your barnet? Then get yourself  down to Easton Regal for a Micro Mist Treatment pronto. After two deep cleansing shampoos, a super-moisturising treatment is applied to your hair section by section, before going under the Micro Mist Machine for 10 minutes while you kick back with the salon’s extensive magazine selection. The result? Hair that feels impossibly silky, moisturised and strong. The treatment’s benefits also last long beyond your next few washes, making it well worth the £30 price.

Best for food? HURWENDEKI

That’s right. Food. Hurwundeki is a hair salon-meets-Korean restaurant found in a quaint spot on Cambridge Heath Road. Granted this may not sound like the best idea… (surely hair and food should never mix?!) but Hurwendeki’s quick, expert haircuts paired with fresh Korean food somehow totally works. Still need convincing?  The salon has been graced by a certain Kate Moss and the restaurant also counts East London icons Gilbert and George as regulars. Oh and the haircuts are £14 a pop! What’s not to love?

 

OUR TOP HOLIDAY READS

Posted on July 23, 2014

Along with suncream, sarongs and that perfect poolside swimsuit, a good book is an essential part of your holiday packing. Whether you’re jetting off to the beach, exploring a new city or just chilling out at home, we’ve got the best reads to kick back and relax with.

1. THE PARTY VAYCAY: Animals, by Emma Jane Unsworth

Off on a party weekend away? Get in the mood for some serious mischief by reading Animals on the plane out. Described as ‘Withnail and I with girls’, this novel is a funny, prize-winning tale about two thirty-something women whose wild antics come under pressure when the responsibilities of adulthood set in. Be ready to LOL.

2. THE CITY BREAK: The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan

 

The sightseeing, local food and endless party options don’t leave much time for reading on a city break – so a book of short stories is just the ticket for reading on-the-go. The Opposite of Loneliness was penned by Marina Keegan while still a Yale student and is filled with engrossing, beautifully written stories that capture the hopes and fears of our generation.

3. THE BEACH HOLIDAY: The Wrong Knickers: A Decade Of Chaos by Bryony Gordon

Lazing around in scorching sun results in minimal brainpower, so we’re opting for something easy and fun. Enter this hilarious book by Telegraph columnist Bryony Gordon, an autobiographical account of the dating, dramas and disasters of her 20′s in London.

4. THE STAY-CAY: The Vacationers by Emma Straub

Stuck at home? Then you might as well read about a holiday! The Vacationers follows a Manhattan family on a two-week trip to the sun-drenched island of Mallorca. But despite the dream location, all does not go according to plan, as secrets come to light and childhood rivalries resurface. We were gripped!

5. THE COUNTRY RETREAT: The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

This dark and mysterious novel set in 1600s Amsterdam makes the perfect story to get caught up in while you’re holed up in a country house. We got completely obsessed with the mysterious novel and not a page turn went without a gasp of breath. Did we mention it also features a cute bird called Peebo? Author Jessie Burton is pretty cool too, office temp turned writer is one serious career change!

Read any good books lately? Let us know by tweeting an 140 character review @topshop. 

It’s the 4 of July and that means fireworks, friends and good food (and potentially an opportunity for a little bit of shopping!) Who better than our newest New York girl crush Hailey Baldwin to tell us what she’s planning for the big break ahead. We stole some time with the blonde beauty to see what she’s planning for the big weekend break. From the parties and the style she’s pledging allegiance to – read on for more from the latest teen IT-girl.

Where’s home for you?

New York. I’ve lived there since I was 2. I love being in LA for periods of time, there’s always something fun to do there.

Where do you love to hangout when you’re in New York?

I love Williamsburg in Brooklyn. It’s one of those places where there’s so much to explore and there’s always new things happening. I also like to go to the Gray Dog in Chelsea, it’s a coffee place but they’ve got great salads and sandwiches.

What would be your ultimate 4th of July weekend?

Being with my friends on the beach with good food, great music and lots of fireworks! That’s actually exactly what I’ll be doing this year.

What will you be wearing for your 4th July party?

I will most likely just be in a bikini and shorts in the sunshine.

How would you describe your personal style?

Cute with a little bit of an edge.

What would be on your 4th of July playlist?

I love Kings of Leon so a lot of their music would have to be on there!

Love Hailey’s look? See more pictures here and  follow the dreamy model on Twitter

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