Paris Fashion Week is a prestigious affair – with a schedule featuring some of the longest running fashion houses around, which in turn draws in seriously high calibre guests – celebrated journalists, editors, musicians and actresses sitting front row instead of straight-up celebs. But, this week, after seasons of sophistication, the Parisian designers decided to opt out of the traditional and add a healthy dose of LOL, resulting in one seriously fun Fashion Week. So, as we say au revoir, here’s three of the best bits:
1. CHANEL TOOK EVERYONE FOR TEA
The Chanel show is always bigger (and better) than your average catwalk, in the past we’ve seen supermarkets, banquets and a feminist march, but this season they opened pop-up restaurant, the Brasserie Gabrielle in their Grand Palais venue. Waiters were on hand to serve Cara, Kendall & co and the collection included ceramic saucer shaped mini-bags. Very French, very cute.
2. THERE WAS BLUE STEEL AT VALENTINO
This season’s Maison Valentino show has been pretty much all anyone can talk about since it happened, but it’s not just about the clothes. A pair of extra special models graced the catwalk pre finale: Zoolander stars Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson put on their best ‘Blue Steel’ poses to officially announce the Zoolander sequel (which comes out in February 2016) – we can’t wait!
3. THERE WAS SOME SERIOUS FUZZ FACTOR There’s always a hefty amount of fur on the AW catwalks, but this season the fluff factor went through the roof. Stella McCartney went for full on Yeti chic with a hooded cream faux fur, and Freja Beha Ericson opened the Louis Vuitton show in an incredible supersized fluffy coat.
After over 20 years of breaking boundaries in art, technology and most importantly, music, New York’s MoMA has opened a huge retrospective dedicated to the wonderfully unique Icelandic superstar Björk. We’re celebrating the start of the exhibition by remembering all the reasons we believe Björk is simply the best.
Photo: Fotex / Rex
1. SHE’S GOT STRONG FASHION GAME
From the Big Time Sensuality video, where she worked a ’90s-fabulous combo of a floor length nightie, cropped mohair jumper and a head full of mini buns, to her notorious swan dress on the Oscars red carpet – Björk has never been one to play it safe when it comes to fashion.
3. SHE’S A TECH PRO
After putting out her last album Biophilia as a 10 part app that bridged the gap between nature, music and technology – Björk has now upped her game in the techno stakes and is releasing the next video from her latest album Vulnicura on virtual reality device Occulus Rift – the very same tech we used at Fashion Week for our AW14 show.
Photo: Courtesy Everett Collection / Rex
4. SHE PUTS ON A GOOD SHOW As experimental with her live performance as she is with her music, Björk has played with a troop of dancing stuffed animals (for Top of the Pops), with all-female choirs and orchestras, against a backdrop of supersized visuals of earth and space (at Bestival in 2011) and at seven months pregnant, with her first band Kukl.
5. SHE LIKES TO GET HER ACTIVIST ON
Björk spends the majority of her time in her home country of Iceland – which she works hard to protect. As well as setting up funds and putting on concerts to conserve the natural environment, she has also worked with UNICEF to help victims of the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia. What a woman.
There’s really no one better than a native to guide us through Paris Fashion Week: the trends, the hangouts, even the chow between shows, they’re the mademoiselles in the know. Recently back from Bali and braving the cold for PFW, French blogger Adenorah has been oozing pared-down style for her stint at the shows – think tousled hair, big sunnies and a nod to the ’70s. But what’s in her Fashion Week survival kit? We chatted with Adenorah to find out how a real Parisian girl holds it together through the city’s biggest week of fashion.
We never stop talking about all things women at Topshop and what better day than International Women’s Day to really shout about some of our favourite new faces and the events you can get involved with.
THE GAME CHANGER
Race car driver Susie Wolff
Susie Wolff is smashing glass ceilings like a boss. Car racing has always been a male-only space but little by little Wolff has been changing attitudes and showing the guys how it’s done. The first female since 1992 to take part in a race weekend at Silverstone, for 2015 Wolff will continue her domination and drive for Team Williams during practice at the British and Spanish Grand Prix.
THE EMERGING ACTIVIST
Presenter Gemma Cairney
We’ve been smitten with presenter Gemma Cairney’s fashion and music chat since listening to her early show on BBC Radio 1. This year she’s taking on a new project, a video investigation focussed around young girls titled, “What it’s Like to be Girl RIGHT NOW,” in which she chats with teens from across the country about everything from bullying to sexism. Don’t miss the screening and surrounding talks at WOW festival, here.
Birth of the Pill by Jonathan Eig
History never sounded so good. Swap your rom com for a little non-fiction and get stuck into the story of one of the most important moments in women’s rights. Author Jonathan Eig takes you from the exhilarating days in Greenwich Village to the trail tests in Puerto Rico, the book is an all-consuming ride about a revolutionary period in time.
THE THINGS TO DO
Bridget Christie at Women of the World Festival, Southbank London
Our favourite stand up who just so happens to be a raving feminist, Bridget Christie, joins comedy titans Caitlin Moran and Shazia Mira to talk about women in the laughing biz at the Southbank centre. Do whatever you can to get a golden ticket!
Women’s Day Walk, London’s City Hall
Join some of feminism’s mighty fan girls Jane Garvey, Laura Bates and Gemma Arteton for a march along London’s Southbank in aid of Women’s Day. Just rock up in something purple and green – suffragette’s colours, duh! – to show your support.
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Need an excuse to drag yourself away from your latest TV show binge? World Book Day is the perfect excuse to swap the box for a book. To make the transition even easier we’ve picked out 5 books for every type of reader (and even non-reader!)
FOR THE DREAMERS
Villa America by Liza Klaussman
Liza’s gorgeous debut Tigers in Red Weather had us dreaming of a glamorous ‘50s summer full of garden parties and murder mystery. If that’s anything to go by, we’re sure Villa America, set in amongst a very artistic set in the French Riviera, will be just as morish. Add a pool and a great swimsuit to get seriously into the spirit.
FOR THE LOVERS
The Sunlit Night by Rebecca Dinerstein
Start swooning. This might just be our book of 2015. Two young people cross paths in the middle of nowhere – literally, on a tiny island in the north Norwegian sea – after leaving their chaotic Manhattan lives and find themselves falling for each other under the never-setting sun. We devoured it in three days flat.
FOR THE THRILL SEEKERS
Weightless by Sarah Bannan
We’ve been huge fans of high school fiction since our teenage years but here’s a novel based in high school that’s more Buffy than Sweet Valley High. No, there are no vampires, but the novel set in Alabama plays out a modern mystery that mixes up the dark side of social media with today’s youth culture. Un-put-down-able.
FOR THE NON-READERS
My New Roots by Sarah Britton
Okay, so fiction ain’t your thing, but perhaps food is? A good cookbook has the power to win over anyone. Enter Sarah Britton, the coolest foodie we know whose mouth-watering blog is a regular on our bookmark and her debut books due to hit shelves in a few short weeks. From fragrant courgette and coconut soup to chai upside-down plum cake – your stomach will be very happy with this tome. YUM. Pre-order it, here.