STREAMING SUMMER

Posted on July 14, 2014

It’s time to face up to the facts, CD’s are going the way of the tapes – just a funny shaped thing we once listened to music on. Since the adults at record companies sat up and noticed the popularity of streaming sites, and now include their data in the charts, there seems to be more websites than ever vying for the chance to be your one-stop music destination. There are the reliable big boys: Spotify, Deezer etc. But, if you want a summer playlist with a difference here’s where to find it:

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POOLSIDE.FM

The Vibe: ‘an infinity pool of summer sounds’.

The Beat: fresh disco tunes and retro visuals.

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THIS IS MY JAM

The Vibe: NME says, ‘the future of music sharing’.

The Beat: it’s a musical diary, a place to track and listen to that one song that’s stuck in your head on repeat.

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AUDIOSPLITTER

The Vibe: mixtapes by music nerds.

The Beat: playlists curated by people who love music.

 

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RDIO

The Vibe: 20 million songs 0 adverts.

The Beat: Sharing playlists with friends is part of the Rdio USP so login and be nosy.

FEELING CURIOUS?

Posted on July 11, 2014

Festivals aren’t only about music you know. If you’re into books, film, art, (or simply fancy soaking up some stunning scenery), then Curious Arts Festival might well be the best weekend you’ve ever had. Held in Hampshire’s Pylewell Park from August 18th – 20th July, this arts fest is jam-packed with everything you need for a fun ‘n’ cultured weekend.

Book worms will love the talks and readings from top authors and critics like Rachel Joyce and Craig Brown, while film buffs can check out the movie tent where they’ll be screening a selection of flicks from Horror of Dracula to Lemony Snickett. There’s also guided tours of the site by clued-up historians, not to mention the chance to embrace your inner-kid with donkey rides, a Jabberwocky hunt, magic shows and fair ground games.

And of course no festival would feel right without a bit of a boogie – so Curious have provided a stellar music line-up too. Kicking off the Friday night will be Eaves and Bear’s Den, followed by folk stars Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit. Saturday sees Luke Sital-Singh and Mercury nominee Ed Harcourt take to the stage, with Topshop fave Nick Mulvey bringing the evening to a close with that dreamy voice and Cuban-inspired sound.

Sound like your kind of festival? Buy tickets now from the Curious Arts Festival website.

3 REASONS TO LOVE KEY TO FREEDOM

Posted on July 10, 2014

This summer we’ve teamed up with charity initiative Key to Freedom for a third collection!  This time around you can snap up stunning  kimonos, sarongs and make-up bags, all perfect for a summer of festivals and sunny beach trips. Need more convincing? Here’s three reasons why you’ll love it…

1. It’s all for a good cause

For starters, buying a piece from the Key To Freedom collection means your money will go straight to the Women’s Interlink Foundation. This incredible charity helps vulnerable young women from West Bengal, by giving them a roof over their heads, as well as as the chance to earn a living by learning specialised skills like sewing and printmaking.

2. Each piece is hand-crafted

It’s not often we get to wear beautifully handmade clothes that won’t max out our credit cards. Every piece in the Key To Freedom line has been expertly hand-crafted by the women in West Bengal – meaning you can guarantee  the upmost quality and exquisite detail.

3. The kimonos are AWESOME

The Key To Freedom kimonos caused quite a stir when they arrived at Topshop HQ. Made from fluid silk with bright exotic prints and cool oversized silhouettes, they’ll add a touch of high fashion to festival raving or your next summer BBQ. We’re in love!

Shop Key To Freedom now,  find out more about the Key to Freedom project here and show us how you’re wearing it with the hashtag #MyKeytoFreedom

BERLIN BLOGGER BASH

Posted on July 9, 2014

What better way to kick off Berlin Fashion Week than with a party? We teamed up with deals.com to throw an event for the new generation of German bloggers in a hip industrial building in Mitte. The mission of the night? Choose the blogger with the best festival style from 18 of our invitees. The prize? A trip to London with a personal shopping appointment plus paid-for shopping spree!

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The dress code was “Summer Festival” and the warehouse was transformed into a field of flower garlands, boho accessories and floral prints. Few cocktails later in we took a seat in the front row to see the bloggers present their styling skills on the make-shift catwalk. Germany’s latest Topmodel winner, Stefanie Giesinger, sat next to the jury of editors, fashion buyers and our very own Personal Shopping Manager Danielle Payne, dressed in an effortlessly cool all-white look.

After a catwalk show the quirky cover band Cannibal Koffer entertained the crowd while the jury had a chance to choose their winner. The top 5: Ranim from The Perfect Disease, Yasmin from In Love With, Jana from Bekleidet.net, Daisy from The Mandarine Girl und Nieufar from Mäuschenliebtbubi. (You have to check out their blogs for plenty of style inspiration!) But there can only be one winner and that went to *drum roll* Daisy aka The Mandarine Girl. She won all hearts with her Coachella-cool outfit. We just had to sit down with the blogger and get the skinny on all things Daisy…

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How does it feel to be the winner of the fashion challenge?

Amazing! I didn’t think that there was any possibility I’d win this, so I was really surprised when I was in the top 5. I was even more surprised when I heard I was the winner. It’s absolutely breathtaking to win, especially because the other girls were so good!

What was your festival look?

I created a Coachella look, I wanted it to be stylish, comfy, creative and a little sexy as well. The shredded shorts are essential for such a festival look and the fringe top as well of course. On top I chose a colourful kimono to give my outfit a casual touch. For the shoes I went for an eye catcher: space silver platforms.

Are you excited about your prize of a Topshop Personal Shopping appointment in London?

Absolutely. I love Topshop and am excited for this personal shopping appointment. I‘ve never been to London but I know that it’s a great place for shopping and that is what I’ll do there for sure.

Daisy’s style guru while she’ll be browsing through our Oxford Circus flagship will be nobody less than Topshops Danielle herself. Here Danielle’s thoughts about the winner:

What was it about the winning girl’s style that captured your attention?

I thought Daisy (The Mandarine Girl) really managed to capture true Topshop festival style with her chosen outfit. She looked effortlessly cool and for me, stole the show.

How would you describe her style?

That’s the great thing about Daisy’s style, she doesn’t lend herself to one look in particular but always stays on trend. She does a Boho inspired look naturally but on the other hand manages to always look chic and well put together.

As a manager of Personal Shopping in London would you say there’s a difference between the German and British festival style?

I think in essence European festival style all has the same roots. The main difference for me is the British love to push boundaries with the way they style up an outfit for example clashing patterns, face jewels and paints. German girls have the relaxed festival look down to a tee.

What are your key tips for great festival style?

I normally live by the style mantra ‘less is more’ but when it comes to festival fashion the more creativity the better! It’s a great opportunity to express yourself and experiment with your look. Fringing, colour, accessories aplenty and of course comfortable shoes to keep you on your feet!

Check out Daisy’s blog The Mandarine Girl and book a personal shopping appointment here.

ONES TO WATCH: NEWGEN SS15

Posted on July 8, 2014

With fashion week just a matter of weeks away, the British Fashion Council announced the eight fledgling fashion labels that will be getting a well-deserved boost of NewGen sponsorship. As supporters of the showcase, we’re extremely proud to be helping make these up-and-coming designers route from sketching to catwalk smoother.

With some notable graduations (ahem, Simone Rocha) since last season, AW14 promises some new faces on the block (looking at you Faustine Steinmetz). Each lucky NewGen-er will receive a chance to show their salt at fashion week and receive mentorship from the BFC over the course of the season.

So c’mon who are they?

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1205

What they’ve won: catwalk sponsorship.
What they do: slick modern tailoring in feminine fabrics.
Get the Look: crisp shirt + awkward trouser + head boy shoes

 

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Lucas Nascimento

What they’ve won: catwalk sponsorship.
What they do: minimalist knitwear with shocks of colour and oversized outerwear.
Get the Look: jumper dress + duster coat + sleek stiletto

 

Marques’Almeida

What they’ve won: catwalk sponsorship.
What they do: frayed denim, frayed silk and (wait for it) frayed velvet all with a perfect clumpy-cool shoe.
Get the Look: denim + denim + track heel shoe

 

Ashley Williams

What they’ve won: presentation sponsorship.
What they do: tongue-in-cheek prints and quintessentially east London styling.
Get the Look: pencil skirt + print + pool slide

 

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Danielle Romeril

What they’ve won: presentation sponsorship.
What they do: unconventional fabrics tailored into sophisticated silhouettes.
Get the Look: unexpected sheer + tailored separates

 

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Faustine Steinmetz

What they’ve won: presentation sponsorship.
What they do: labour-intensive handcrafted textiles in familiar silhouettes.
Get the Look: look-a-like denim

 

Ryan Lo

What they’ve won: presentation sponsorship.
What they do: if Harajuku girls had couture dresses.
Get the Look: frills + pink + bow

 

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Claire Barrow

What they’ve won: exhibition sponsorship.
What they do: Where craft and fine art meet Punk.
Get the Look: leather jacket + print dress in moody colours