Picture the scene. Light-up flatforms, Chloe Norgaard’s rainbow hair, origami organza, sparkling tiaras and a whole lot of sequins… This is the coolest prom in history – otherwise known as Ashish’s AW14 show at London Fashion Week!
Being backstage at Ashish’s prom spectacular was like being at the most fabulous Fashion Week party – us Topshop girls chatted with the achingly cool (and super stylish) beauty team, mingling with models like Betty Adewole (that’s the next Naomi Campbell to you) and were surrounded by more sparkle than you could possibly dream of! Edgy stylist Anna Trevelyan was also buzzing around, sporting new egg-yolk yellow hair and ensuring each look was styled to prom party perfection.
The hair for the show was dreamed up by hair maverick and friend of the designer, Ali Pirzadeh, who mixed polished waves with fly-away crimping to make Ashish’s girls look “slept in after a crazy night at prom!” He polished off the look with some blinging tiaras, because to him, “every one of Ashish’s girls is a prom queen.” Bless.
Nails came in the form of the ‘Boom’ Manicure – a name that the nail girls told us was destined for Ashish – considering it’s one his favourite words! The Boom is created in three simple steps. First, a lick of Barbie pink polish, followed by another coat of Tutti Frutti glitter and finished off with a single diamante to compliment Ashish’s signature sequins.
The make-up was also fit for your Barbie doll, with bright fuchsia used to stain both lips and cheeks. Eyes were lined in gold before adding violet shadow blended into (even more!) pink at the corners, followed by another layer of glitter for good measure. Make-up artist Sharon Dowsett described it as “a playful princess with a naughty side.” One things for sure – we wouldn’t mind joining Ashish’s gang.
Where… At the Topshop Showspace at Tate Modern’s iconic Turbine Hall, of course!
Front row… The industry insiders supporting the next generation of design talent including the BFC’s Sarah Mower and Fashion East founder Lulu Kennedy (who looked ravishing with her new bump!) Colourful street style was seen from the likes of Susie Bubble and Hannah Lambert.
The collection in five words…. Libranian-goes-party-girl-chic.
What we loved… The continuation of Michael van der Ham’s signature collage style handiwork. Lace skirts layered with organzas and velvets were artfully woven into beautiful thatched shapes or cut fiercely at the thighs to give a sneak peek into the flesh beneath. Colour was of massive importance with our eyes drawn to deep mustard tights, deep orange trousers and vivid pink jackets. It might have helped that the most adorable Leith Clark, of Lula Magazine, was behind the detailed styling.
Inspired by… ‘60s chic! Michael van der Ham looked to the irreverent ‘60s fashion magazine, Intro, whose colourful collaged and illustrated layouts were the concepts behind the textured cuts of the clothes. It was the little known 1995 movie Party Girl starring Parker Posey that got Van der Ham excited about the “clothes-obsessed librarian character” from the period.
Hero piece… The shoes! Created by Christian Louboutin with this very collection in mind, the suede patch heel loafers looked to-die-for! We want the patchwork beauties in every colour way.
Hair loving… Slick, simple and down at the sides. It seems to be a running theme at the LFW AW14 shows!
Beauty notes… Pretty, pretty and more pretty! Sam Bryant and the MAC team were behind the fresh faces that had skin a-glowing.
End notes… Something that Zoey Deschanel would wear in a flash!
That’s right folks, London Fashion Week is back once again and us Topshop girls are out on the streets of London chasing down the trends, the designers and all the LFW gossip just for you! Like last season and the season before we’ll be posting dedicated show reports to the designers we’re supporting across London and the ones showing in our very own showspace at Tate Modern’s iconic Turbine Hall. To kick off the excitement, here’s our rundown of Lucas Nasciment’s fierce and fabulous AW14 collection.
Who… Lucas Nascimento, the Brazilian designer toasting a second season under his belt as a NEWGEN recipient known for his severe cuts and geometric silhouettes.
Front row… Brix Start-Smith, Paula Read and our very own Kate Phelan were waving the insider industry flags but it was classical musician Mylene Klass who got the papparazzo bulbs bursting!
The girls on the catwalk… Big eyes, big cheekbones, big lips. These girls were all ’70s power beauties and it was Hirshy, our 2013 campaign girl from J.W.Anderson’s second collaboration with yours truly, that stole the show.
In five words… Slick, sharp and seriously seventies.
Hair and Make-up… If you’re going to be inspired by the ’70s then it had to be all about the hair! Extensions were the name of the game with big swooping side partings and brushed out waves. Make-up was equally shaken up with purple pink lids, vivid flicks and a touch of orange; definitely one to try at home!
What we loved… The colours! Mint choc-chip and butterscotch covered leather co-ords and bodycon dresses, but it was the wrong-but-oh-so-right smattering of purple, oranges and tinsel-like glitter that had our jaws dropping. (Don’t get us started on those teal leather boots….)
Playlist… A bassy, hip-hop heavy track that had the phrase, “you can dance, you can do, you can dance, you can do” on repeat. So hypnotic was the track that we felt incredibly compelled to go party on afterwards. (Sadly, we went straight back the office to ensure this report was filed!)
Hero piece… Although the shimmering bodycons had our tongues wagging and eyes popping, it was the enormous polo necks in rich mustard and grey that we felt most like taking home with us.
Inspired by… The otherworldly Veruschka. It was the German model-artist-actress-enigma that compelled Lucas to dedicate his collection to the icon who encapsulated New York’s glamourous nightlife in the ’70s.
End Notes… Forget about the ’70s being fancy dress and all ‘hippy dippy’ we reckon this decade is about to have a renaissance in style. Oh, and Lucas, we’ll take three pairs of those boots, please!
There’s only one more sleep ’til our Topshop Unique AW14 show and we couldn’t be more excited! As ever, the lead up to London Fashion Week has been a crazy one, with model castings, make-up tests and final fittings all going on at Topshop HQ. The design studio has been a hive of activity, with sewing machines whirring around the clock to put the finishing touches to the AW14 collection.
Although we can’t give tooo much away until the big reveal on Sunday, we can promise this season’s show will blow you away. Our visionary head of design Emma Farrow has chosen English supermodels as her muse, inspired by their “attitude and individuality”. As for the aesthetic of the collection, Emma calls it “English heritage with a rebellious streak.” We marvelled at the fabrics, colours and shapes this afternoon but have been sworn to secrecy to share any more!
Today Emma and casting director Rosie Vogel have been busy picking the models to strut down the catwalk, alongside leading stylist Beth Fenton who was on hand to ensure all the looks were styled to perfection. Yorkshire supermodel and Topshop friend Sam Rolinson was one of the girls who popped in, buzzing with energy and looking amazing despite having just jetted in from NYFW!
No Topshop show is complete without its game changing make-up, and our beauty consultant Hannah Murray has also been in to test out the unruly ‘school girl’ hair and strong lip that make up this season’s look. That’s all we can tell you for now, but don’t forget to tune in to topshop.com tomorrow to watch the show live at 3pm. We’ll also be getting our geek on down at our Oxford circus flagship to capture all the action in virtual reality… It’s safe to say this season is going to be a show like no other!
New York Fashion Week went out with an oh-so-fashionable bang with sexy sportwear at Jeremy Scott, colour pop prints at Proenza Schouler and a sci-fi inspired collection from ex-Louis Vuitton designer Marc Jacobs. Of course our girl Indigo Clarke was there to witness the lot. Read on for her musings on the final NYFW shows…
It’s impossible not to love what Jeremy Scott brings to NYFW each season – a necessary dose of fashion insanity. Each season the crowd is a mash-up of celebs including A$AP Rocky, Grimes, Leigh Lezark Paris Hilton and Nicky Minaj thrown into a bonkers audience of fans and club kids donning Scott’s bold and brash fetish-rave wares. This time around, Jared Leto was the star of the front row – strutting in moments before the show, delayed in his honour, and broadcasting to the audience, “my apologies. You all look fabulous”. The vision for AW14 was all-American, with fun athletic-influenced looks that practically screamed U-S-A! With “We will rock you” blasting, guys and gals streamed past in matching football-inspired wear including jersey style dresses in cartoon-like red, blue and yellow ultra-furry fabrics paired with patent lace-up leggings. There were also re-workings of baseball and basketball uniforms, one orange bomber jacket dress appearing as a deconstructed basketball while another oversized mesh tank was teamed with risqué underwear, garter-belt and stockings. What appeared initially as lingerie-like detailing on many dresses and bodysuits, was actually a play on lacing consistent with that of a football, while footwear was particularly striking – sporty high-heeled Adidas sneakers and thigh-high boots crafted from sporty shin-pads.
Proenza Schouler can always be counted on to offer something completely different to every other designer – and this season was no exception. Serving up the reverse of the biggest trend of NYFW, a monochrome palette, the designer’s sent out ensembles in optimistically popping hues including electric blue, red, teal and orange – the perfect antidote to the bleak winter weather. Prints were graphic and bold, with striking crackle and wood-grain patterns appearing on experimental coats, dresses, slim trousers and skirts, while volume was also at play – silhouettes were sculptural and hour-glass, sitting away from the body and featuring broad rounded shoulders.
Stepping out of the most revolting NY winter evening – ice-cold rain causing the street’s filthy snow piles to turn into hazardous wells of grey slush – it was more than fitting to walk into Marc Jacobs’ stormy AW14 set, complete with sculptural fabric clouds suspended in the rafters overhead. As the audience perched on white leather pods with faux-clouds hanging overhead, drone-like models with bleached eyebrows and severe blunt-cut bobbed wigs and wide headbands stalked through the space as though in a trance to a creepy spoken-word rendition of early 20th Century tune, “Happy Days are Here Again”. Appearing as a chic alien race, lookalike models donned 60s-mod meets 90s-raver Sci-Fi uniforms – go-go boots and chunky sneakers, flared knit leggings and boxy tunic combos, and mink bomber jackets atop sparse, elongated dresses with side split among the key pieces. Soft and futuristic, the collection featured minimal, clean shapes with low scoop and v-necklines in summery, lightweight fabrics and a pale, neutral palette of soft pink, peach, taupe and white. Breaking the minimalism, shimmering all-over sequin and bead embellished cocktail dresses added razzle-dazzle, while the highlights were the final light-as-air floor-length dresses featuring wave-like tiers of pastel organza.
Don’t miss out on all the action from London Fashion Week! We’ll be live streaming our Topshop Unique show in virtual reality this Sunday. Find out more.